In the fall I read Matsuo Basho’s The Road to the Deep North. It was the first haiku book I read (its really a travel book written with haiku) and it was wonderful. I usually avoid fiction but I read the line which is in the image and I was instantly arrested by wonder. I found the book while I was listening to NPR’s Fresh Air, I believe they were interviewing the Australian who wrote this centuries The Road to the Deep North. He was inspired by Basho’s book and he mentioned his interest in Japanese poetry, this piqued my curiosity. I knew about haiku, even owned a haiku book but I was more captivated by the pictures than the literature. It never crossed my mind to consider reading Japanese poetry until now, so I did. Anyway the image was made in Inkscape.