Kobayashi Issa

(1763 - 1827 / Kashiwabara / Japan)

In This World - Poem by Kobayashi Issa

In this world
we walk on the roof of hell,
gazing at flowers.

Translated by Robert Hass

Comments about In This World by Kobayashi Issa

  • Glen Kappy (1/31/2016 5:11:00 PM)

    ain't this one a wowser! and in just fifteen syllables! can you find a better expression of the bittersweet experience that is being human? -glen kappy (Report) Reply

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  • Kim Barney (12/27/2015 5:34:00 PM)

    Wow. Susan Williams is right. What a contrast! This is the very best kind of haiku - - - where the last line surprises you and contrasts from the rest of the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (12/27/2015 3:05:00 PM)

    Oh, I am absolutely stunned by the contrast here- -WoW! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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