Paintings            GARY BARTEN
Basho's Northern War Hymn - Cricket Crying to Stop Winter
April 2021
ink, acrylic, and tempera on paper
27" x 38"

MATSUO BASHO

I am awe-struck
To hear a cricket singing
Underneath the dark cavity
Of an old helmet.

(trans. Nobuyuki Yuasa)


How sad
under the old war helmet
a cricket

(trans. David Young)



How piteous!
Beneath the warrior’s helmet
A cricket cries.

(trans. ?)
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