Kikaku’s poem to honor his master Basho, who had just died is filled with symbolism. To a Westerner, these symbols are not always apparent. To learn the history of Kikaku’s poem, go to Carpe Diem where Kristjaan Pannemann has written a detailed explanation. I have attempted to imitate Kikaku’s use of symbols to convey a deeper meaning in my poem.
last gingko leaf
the snowy owl watching
this bitter winter
For Carpe Diem ‘ Kikaku – white crane’