Desert Rose

the blanket of night
we sleep under different stars


in the warm night air
fragrance of the desert rose-
who sighs so sweet

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, where Basho’s journey to the Deep North (Oku no Hosomichi) continues. Reaching the Ichiburi Barrier, Basho is distressed to find that in the next room, there are two prostitutes from Nigata. He wonders at their misfortune and regrets he cannot let them join him on their difficult onward journey.
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