In 1693, parting from his favorite disciple Kyoroku, Basho said, “Didn't the retired Emperor Go-Toba say of Saigyo's poetry that it contained truth tinged with sorrow? Take strength from his words and follow unswervingly the narrow thread of the Way of poetry.”
a sliver of moon...
I cling to the thin line
to capture loneliness
in love poetry
NeverEnding Story, April 5, 2013