Autumn Haiku

An all alone crow
perched on a high leafless branch
an autumn evening
The whole blessed day long
he was singing—for the lark,
but not long enough
Neither flocks of birds
nor butterflies know blossoms
the dark evening sky
Remain still, tombstone!
And may as autumn wind be
my lamentation

MATSUO BASHÔ (Japan, 1644 –1694)
English versions by Germain Droogenbroodt – Stanley H. Barkan