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Old Frog

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Ten philosophers
Ripples from the old frogs jump.
Continued croaking.

This Haiku is a reference to “Basho’s Frog” which dates back to 16th century Japan when the first great Japanese master of haiku, Matsuo Basho wrote his breakthrough haiku, “Furu-Ike-Ya” (Old Pond). The Ten Philosophers are what the ten pupils of Basho were called and they carried his style to many others. You can learn more about them here at “The Ten Philosophers

Below you will find the Basho’s poem in one of its common translations.

old pond
a frog jumps in
water’s sound

In Japanese:

Furu ike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto