Monday, 8 October 2012

Autumn In Nara

If I may, here's some Bassho's haiku I find fitting for this post.

at Nara 
the fragrance of chrysanthemums
ancient Buddhas

Spring passes
and the birds cry out tears
in the eyes of fishes
deep autumn
my neighbour
how does he lives, I wonder? 
redly, redly
the sun relentless but
the autumn wind
a strange flower
for birds and butterflies
the autumn sky
an empty road
lonelier than abandonment
this autumn evening
and in memory of my dear beloved grandmother who passed away yesterday;

all along this road
not a single soul; only
autumn evening


  1. I read your Backyard blog before I read this, and as soon as I saw the first autumn photo, I thought of your grandmother. Rest in peace, Opah, and be gentle with yourself, Lina.

  2. That photo of the ginkgo leaves on the ground ... that's an awesome photo. Zaini? I ask because he's usually the one who gets more artistic with the camera. ^^

    1. you know us too well. Yes, that's zaini's

    2. Tell him he's awoken the green-eyed monster of envy in me! ^^

  3. My sincerest condolences to your grandmother. I will check who would take each photo like Rurousha. Your photos are very timely in this season.
    BTW, " tears in the eyes of fishes" The sentence hints that basho's supporter was fish wholesaler. Have nice days!

    1. Thanks Minor. ;)

      Bassho's supporter(s) was/were fish wholesaler?

      I had somehow thought of it as an expression of extreme sadness for fish to shed tears. ^^

  4. Hey, I think I've seen all these photos before in another post/posts. Recycle? LOL!

    1. I have tons of them I can't remember if it's recycled. I thought they weren't. Guess I was wrong.

  5. Love the poem and love the photos! : )

    1. Bassho's haiku always strike a chord to me. ^^

  6. Oh! Sorry to hear about your grandmother. My deepest condolences.

  7. Wow! The red autumn leaves are incredible. Nara is really beautiful.
    I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. May her soul rest in peace.

    1. Nara is indeed beautiful. Wonder how it look in other I seasons too. :)

      Thanks for the kind words. ^^

  8. Hi Lina, Sorry to hear about your loss and my sincere condolences. Nara is famous for the cherry blossoms in spring but looks awesome in Autumn as well with all the beautiful fall colours.


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