I submit this is haiku. Hemingway haiku no less. With-in…the very nature of haiku. Hemingway considered this a story. His best work. The image is the message. What more?
There is little record of Hemingway’s indebtedness to an Eastern way with words. Though the precision of his prose (sharpened by journalism) brings a knowing smile to Basho’s face.
The small poem within…