The Masters

Basho’s Snowy Morning

Basho is one of the most famous Zen poets of Japan who invigorated the 17-syllable haiku form and set in on the road to being such a popular form of expression. A Zen student and perpetual traveller, Basho lived with the same simplicity espoused by the words of his poems. 


A Snowy Morning

A snowy morning–
by myself,
chewing on dried salmon.


Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
From Basho: The Complete Haiku