japonisme: a gift for issa

13 May 2010

a gift for issa

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

These sea slugs,
they just don’t seem


Bright autumn moon;
pond snails crying
in the saucepan.

Robert Hass

“After the Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa” from Field Guide.
Copyright © 1973 by Robert Hass.

costume museum @ the met
happy anniversary, issa and haiku guy

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


Do you know the name of the artwork of the Japanese man with the spider web behind his head?

02 December, 2013 23:14  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

The two top images of people are by Yoshitoshi, and the third one, on the bottom, is by Utamaro.

03 December, 2013 09:17  

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