Death Poems of the Haiku Masters

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Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

Sick on a journey,
my dreams wander
the withered fields.


Yosa Buson (1716-1783)

An autumn eve -
An hour of leisure
In a fleeting life.


Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827)

A bath when you're born,
a bath when you die,
how stupid.