H3017 Haiku by Basho – Not spilling the glistening dew …
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase
Not spilling the glistening dew,
the bush clover,
kobosanu hagi no
Asataro Miyamori suggests the translation:
The lespedeza flowers sway and sway,
But not enough to shake down their white dews. 
Miyamori goes on to write, “The hagi or lespedeza is an autumn herb with graceful pliant stems and little lovely flowers, either red or white. A beautiful verse quite worthy of the graceful flower.” 
E. S. Stephenson suggests the even lengthier translation:
Ah! those feathery, willow-like banches of the hagi curving so softly –
How tenderly they cradle the dew-drops and do not let them fall! 
Stephenson explains, “This pombungling [sic] paraphrase can give but a poor idea of what Basho’s seventeen syllables convey to a Japanese. But anyone who has seen the hagi in the freshness of the morning in some old Japanese garden, with the shining dew-drops nestling on those dainty branches, can feel the truth and beauty of Basho’s word-picture – and appreciate the unerring artistry that gives you the essential character of the plant so simply and yet so graphically.” 
Robert Aitken suggests the translation:
The bush clover flowers
don’t let their white dew fall
despite their swaying. 
 Translation by Timothy L. Jackowski, Takase Studios, LLC.
 Anonymous. (2015). Theosophical Path: Illustrated Monthly …, Volume 16. Arkose Press. United States. 164.
 Aitken, Robert. (2011). The River of Heaven: The Haiku of Basho, Buson, Issa, and Shiki. Counterpoint.
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