Sunday, August 4, 2013

Bitten by fleas and lice

I just finished reading Basho's travel sketch "The Narrow Road to the Deep North." I enjoyed it; it both inspires me to more of my own travel, and helps me appreciate the comforts of modern living:
Bitten by fleas and lice,
I slept in a bed,
A horse urinating all the time
Close to my pillow.
He wrote this after spending three days in the house of a gate-keeper, held up on his travels by storms, as he approached the province of Dewa.

(from The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Basho, translated by Noboyuki Yuasa; the poem appears on page 120)

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