poet Robert Hass

Robert Hass

After The Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa

New Year's morning—
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average.

A huge frog and I
staring at each other,
neither of us moves.

This moth saw brightness
in a woman's chamber—
burned to a crisp.

Asked how old he was
the boy in the new kimono
stretched out all five fingers.

Blossoms at night,
like people
moved by music

Napped half the day;
no one
punished me!

Fiftieth birthday:

From now on,
It's all clear profit,
every sky.

Don't worry, spiders,
I keep house
casually.

These sea slugs,
they just don't seem
Japanese.

Hell:

Bright autumn moon;
pond snails crying
in the saucepan.

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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  • Terry CraddockTerry Craddock (12/29/2016 11:47:00 PM)

    'Don't worry, spiders,
    I keep house
    casually.'

    so many nice stanzas in this, sometimes I brush spiders aside, let them run free, but too much webbing me and vacuum cleaning tends to leave no trace of disappearing spiders

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (12/29/2016 11:01:00 PM)

    Blossoms at night,
    like people
    moved by music

    Nice poem..... Thanks for sharing++++++++++++++

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (12/29/2016 9:41:00 PM)

    Gentle Poet? O- k- a- y.... this was very interesting especially frying pond snails in the frying pan but he failed to add the seasonings...

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  • Tom Allport (12/29/2016 4:03:00 AM)

    nothing changes one year to next. except we get older and bolder?

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/29/2016 1:16:00 AM)

    In a woman's chamber! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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