Twas the new moon


Translated by William George Aston and published in A History of Japanese Literature, Chapter IV (1899). Twas the new moon was written by Matsuo Basho, year unknown. Basho was considered the master of the haiku poetry form.
Drinking Alone in the Moonlight
'Twas the new moon!
Since then I waited—
And lo! to-night!
[I have my reward!]

Twas the new moon was featured as The Short Story of the Day on Thu, Feb 15, 2024

Japanese: 三日月の頃より待ちし今宵かな mikazuki no / koro yori mati si / koyoi kana


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