I know that fame will be within reach
when someone begins to call me
by the name of an exotic tree
or a boll weevil recently unearthed
or perhaps an emotion long thought
extinct but erupting now, around
the world, surprising us all.
But what I wish to call you,
beginning this weekend,
is the sound of something
tearing slowly in half there,
where the forest is darkestwhere the wind cannot penetrate.
©2017 Fame, Dennis Patrick Slattery
copyright 2017 All Rights Reserved
1. photographic reproduction of Basho from a woodcut from 'One Hundred Aspects of the Moon,' by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1885-1892.
2. For more on Basho’s life visit https://allpoetry.com/Matsuo-Basho