Japanese Poetry XIII - Matsuo Basho - Nature and the Life of Man

Nature and the Life of Man
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

It's accident to exist as a flower or a poet;
A mere twist of evolution but from the same force:
I see no form in them but only beauty in evidence;
It's the single touch of their imagination to get the
embodiment of a poet or a flower:
To be a poet is to be a flower,
To be the dance is to make the singer sing.


Taken from Selected English Writings of Yone Noguchi: Prose
*Dance of Satin by Mark Spain