Basho's journey into Deep North - Haiku

For this month, Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is travelling with Basho on the Narrow Road into the Deep North.

The difficult journey becomes more of a struggle because of Basho's health problems.
But the master keeps going.

"It was indeed a terrible thing to be so ill on the road, when there still remained thousands of miles before me, but thinking that if I were to die on my way to the extreme north it would only be the fulfillment of providence..."

Basho's journey
every word a struggle
-master inspires

Prompt by and Shared with-
Carpe Diem #873 Deeper into the North: men of this world; picking up rice seedlings; backpack and sword