Kobayashi Issa

(1763 - 1827 / Kashiwabara / Japan)

Last Time, I Think - Poem by Kobayashi Issa

Last time, I think,
I'll brush the flies
from my father's face.

Translated by Robert Hass

Comments about Last Time, I Think by Kobayashi Issa

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/31/2016 1:29:00 PM)

    So sad, and if it is the painting then it is fine again vivid images after reading this poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (12/27/2015 2:59:00 PM)

    This can have so many many different meanings- his father could be dead so he is sorrowful that he can do longer serve him- -he is grown up or so he thinks so he doesn't have to so there- -he thinks his father is way too lazy- and so on- I prefer the first (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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