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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 11, Number 2, June 2017

Angelee Deodhar

Chandigarh, India

Basho in Baker Street

Walking meditation around a little lily pool started me thinking of Basho’s famous haiku and I wondered what Sherlock Holmes would have made of it, had he encountered it on a scrap of paper left at 221B Baker Street.

Perhaps the conversation would go something like this:

Sherlock: “Watson, what is this? Where is this old pond? Was it one frog alone or one of many, and why did it jump? Was it suicidal? Was it pushed? And of course his falling in would have made some noise, a plop, a splash, a what have you. What’s all the kerfuffle about? Did the frog croak—I mean literally, did it yell as it fell or did it just die? This is such a puzzle, where is my pipe, where is my violin?”

Watson: “Sherlock, this is not a case! It is the Festival of Japan and people are getting these three-line poems even in their mail boxes.”

Sherlock: “Nonsense, Watson! I have to figure this out, prepare yourself to explore all the old ponds around us. Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!”

hospice wall—
water, sky, and earth
in Escher's Puddle


Sherlock Holmes quote (in italics): from The Adventure of the The Abbey Grange by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Puddle is a woodcut print by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, first printed in February 1952.



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