poet Robert Hass

Robert Hass

Selected Haiku By Issa

Don't worry, spiders,
I keep house

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

The snow is melting
and the village is flooded
with children.

Goes out,
comes back—
the love life of a cat.

Mosquito at my ear—
does he think
I'm deaf?

Under the evening moon
the snail
is stripped to the waist.

Even with insects—
some can sing,
some can't.

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

Napped half the day;
no one
punished me!

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (12/29/2016 6:02:00 AM)

    some haiku by Kobayashi Issa, translated by R. Hass - nice translations, but they do not follow the S/L/S pattern

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