Here’s a quick take from the journal of George Seferis. Interesting enough read. Much about his work as a diplomat. And a few entries on Mrs. Zen - this curious little figurine he made out of a walnut shell.
Kikakou, one of Basho’s pupils, presented this haiku to his master:
Look, a dragonfly,
remove its wings—
a pepper tree.
“We mustn’t abuse nature,” Basho scolded and told him to reverse the haiku if he wanted to make it better:
Look, a pepper tree
add wings –