Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Everyone seems to have had their way with poor Basho’s poem. I am not going to be pretentious enough to call this ‘haiku’ however, this expanded similar triangles poem was inspired by the wisdom that I have gleaned from my experience with Basho's poem.

The Poem is derived as such:

Starting with the ideas that the Frog is to The Self as Noise is to The Mind and as Splash is to the Old Pond Which can be set up mathematically as:

Frog/The Self = Noise/The Mind = Splash/Old Pond

and choosing (aesthetic decision) to use flavor five from the expanded similar triangles poem examples we can see that the next line is set up as g/h = a-d/b-e


Splash / The Old Pond = (Frog - Noise)/( Self- The Mind)

The variables are as such:

Frog =a

The Self =b


The Mind= e


The Old Pond=h

Furthermore, to solve for a or choosing to use the third example from flavor five yields: a= g(b-e)/h + d

Frog = (Splash(The Self – The Mind)/ The Old Pond) + Noise

After some more (noisy mind) thoughts about not thinking; I feel that I should mention that the poem above is stated in a general condition furthermore, I think the poem may be seen easier in the specific condition. So I have a new version in the specific condition. Please see the next blog entry for the specific condition.


runnerfrog said...

I love that haiku by Matsuo Basho, and the scientific amphibian appreciates the mathematical poem.

son rivers said...

I love this version. I'm not sure I agree with all the equations, but I don't agree with all the translations out there either. But this is certainly something unique. And inspirational. I'll have to try my hand at this at some point. Thanks!

Kaz Maslanka said...

Hi Runnerfrog,
Thanks for dropping by; it is much appreciated as always.


Kaz Maslanka said...

Son Rivers,
Thank you for dropping by as well ... furthermore, I like your Blog ... I must keep an I on it.


natbas said...

Thanks for the equation.


Kaz Maslanka said...

Thank you ZZZ!


T = 0 = T

Kaz Maslanka said...


Thank you.

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