Basho, a child, a poem, and an ethical question

A few years ago, I wrote a poem inspired by a scene in Japanese haiku-master Basho’s Records of a Weather-Exposed Skeleton. In this first of Basho’s five haibun works (the other four being A Visit to the Kashima Shrine, Records of a Travel-Worn Satchel, IA Visit to Sarashina Village, and The Narrow Road to the … More Basho, a child, a poem, and an ethical question