Recently I have been rediscovering the joy of poetry. The poet Basho wrote the famous haiku poem above about a frog jumping into a pond.
Some say that this poem was a significant work, a sign that he had come into maturity in his writing.
Last year, I discovered that there are entire books inspired by his poem. One is called One Hundred Frogs by Hiriaki Sato and besides other things, it has a hundred versions of Basho’s poem written by famous poets and writers.
On a relaxing afternoon this summer, after painting, I took a try at writing my own versions of this poem. I wrote maybe 20 verses then narrowed them down to my favorites. I ran them by a friend who is a poet and he suggested combining two of them. The final version is below.