yu-kaze ya mizu ao-sagi no hagi wo utsu
An evening breeze:
water laps at the leg
of a blue heron .
Yosa Buson ( 1716 – 1783 )
The above is the first hokku of a kasen composed by Buson, Saiba, Tairo and others on May 25, 1774, entitled “Evening Breeze”
I love this one the most among the haikus of Buson . The soothing evening breeze totally makes the heron bewitched or serene or whatever , that it does not mind the the water lapping at its feet . On the other hand , as we know herons have a nature of standing still never minding its surroundings or what is happening around it . In fact among birds , herons are I think real zen monks . it lives moment to moment .
In my imagination they are ” dreaming ” of nostalgic memories .
Here is my tribute to Buson :
meditating monk –
one legged heron looks back
spring’s dream in winter .