Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NaPoMo, April 29

Kobayashi Issa has been by far the most loved and most popular poet among the Japanese masters. His snail,cat, sparrow, spider;  or the thatched hut...everything has been emulated and rewritten multiple times and will continue to be so.

Here are just a few of  my favourites:

my dead mother—
every time I see the ocean
every time...

The distant mountains
reflected in the eye
of the dragonfly

on the tips
of my outstretched toes...
billowing clouds

A poor box,
four or five pennies,
evening rain

When I go,
guard my tomb well,

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