3 haiku of Kobayashi Issa*


the snail gets up

and goes to bed

with very little fuss


slowly slowly


climbing Mt Fuji


the world of dew

is the world of dew~

and yet and yet



*1763-1828, usually known by his pen name Issa which means Cup Of Tea.

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35541543@N08/37959815664


7 thoughts on “3 haiku of Kobayashi Issa*

    1. Extra comment from other Gert

      Issa wrote this mourning the death of a child. The morning dew is evanescent, like this life, the writer knows and accepts, that death, like dew, is a part of life. And yet, and yet….the human heart always hopes…..

      So poignant.

      Maybe our learned Chicken Lady can add more…

  1. I cannot add more. That says so much. Thank you for these. I write a haiku or two every day, for practice, and it’s always good to read others, especially Issa and Basho. Just got another couple of haiku books this weekend.

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