4 am by Paul Cupido
Moon woke me up
— still just 4 a.m
Basho, the famously bohemian traveler through seventeenth-century Japan, is a poet attuned to the natural world as well as humble human doings; “Piles of quilts/ snow on distant mountains/ I watch both,” he writes. His work captures both the profound loneliness of one observing mind and the broad-ranging joy he finds in our connections to the larger community.
This famous haiku from Bashō forms the pivotal theme of Paul Cupido new book.