The images used by Basho in capturing the moment of truth were most often visual, as in the haiku about the frog, or the equally famous:
kareeda ni On the withered branch
karasu no tomarikeri A crow has alighted -----
This verse presents so sharp an image that it has often been painted. But Basho did not rely exclusively on visual images; the moment might equally well be perceived by one of other senses:
shizukasa ya Such stillness -----
iwa ni shimiiru The cries of the cicadas
semi no koe Sink into the rocks.
And sometimes the senses were mingled in a surprising modern way:
umi kurete The sea darkens,
kamo no koe The cries of the seagulls
honoka ni shirosi Are faintly white.