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Reformist Perspective on Constitutional Change

by Sumanasiri Liyanage

One autumn day when Basho and one of his ten disciples, Kikaku, were going through a rice field, Kikaku composed haiku on a red dragonfly that caught his fancy. And he showed the following haiku to Basho.
Take a pair of wings
From a dragonfly, you would
Make a pepper pod.

“No” said Basho, “that is not haiku. You kill the dragonfly. If you want to compose a haiku and give life to it, you must say”:
Add a pair of wings
To a pepper pod, you would
Make a dragonfly.

-Kenneth Yasuda, The Japanese Haiku