Kobayashi Issa

(1763 - 1827 / Kashiwabara / Japan)

All The Time I Pray To Buddha - Poem by Kobayashi Issa

All the time I pray to Buddha
I keep on
killing mosquitoes.


Translated by Robert Hass


Comments about All The Time I Pray To Buddha by Kobayashi Issa

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/8/2016 9:13:00 AM)


    The two contrasting things.. to attain salvage its the guilt that is being killed.... (Report) Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (7/28/2015 8:15:00 AM)


    mmm.. I had thought that a monk, especially that time, that country, had to show the highest spirit of endurance, so to deal with any adversity with serenity and tolerance.. - All kinds of adversity and nuisance.. including mosquitoes.. ;) (Report) Reply

    Carmela Stotts Carmela Stotts (6/9/2016 7:22:00 AM)

    , I wonder if Issa was laughing at himself also when he wrote this! :)

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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