Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

A Woman Singing…

A woman singing in a field while she works her crops is a fairly common image in romantic poetry. It’s not too hard to close your eyes and hear her … or the church bells from the village ringing.

I was surprised, however, to find an Haiku poem the other day by Matsuo Basho, (1644 – 1694) that sang the same song:

“The beginning of all art:

a song when planting a rice field

in the country’s inmost part.”



One response to “A Woman Singing…

  1. suburbanlife April 6, 2007 at 9:06 am

    In my grandmother’s village, the women tended the fields and sang in sequence – one would sing a line from a song, then another and another and they would sing the chorus altogether – this was in 1950s ungary, and it was beautiful, probably a song they had learned as little girls hearing thir mothers sing as they worked. it was magical!
    Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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