I just selected a new theme for igoogle and by putting in where I live, it adjusts to my time of day, so it is now showing night. My computer and the world outside agree.
National Geographic has an article on the poet Basho. It is by Howard Norman with photographs by Michael Yamashita. Basho followed a narrow road, 1200 miles, through Japan in 1689. Norman plans to follow the route now.
The words of past poets kept Basho company on the rugged trail. Norman writes, "Hoping to "feel the truth of old poems," Basho plotted his route to pass sites known as uta-makura, or poetic pillows: shrines, mountaintops, cherry-tree groves, and other spots memorably described by the writers. Many of the haiku in his book allude to these earlier verses - Basho's way of adding layers of mood and meaning to the landscape he evoked."
I love the idea of poetic pillows.
I give the closing haiku in Basho's book Narrow Road. He is saying good-bye. He dies soon after.
Sadly, I part from you;
Like a clam torn from its shell,
I go, and autumn too.
Narrow Road, 1689