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Never greet a stranger in the night, for he may be a demon. TALMUD * Turn to me this autumn eve: I, too, am a stranger. BASHO Advertisements
Seen in plain daylight the firefly’s nothing but an insect — Basho
So if traditionally Japanese haiku equates to one horizontal line of type, as Higginson says, Basho’s classic would look like this: old pond…a frog leaps in water’s sound
Singing an island song – The wanderer – In winter rain by the river.