climb Mount Fuji, O snail, but slowly, slowly.
goes out, comes back – the loves of a cat
I'm going out, flies, so relax, make love.
children imitating cormorants even more wonderful than cormorants.
even with insects – some can sing, some can't
I'm going to roll over, so please move, cricket.
we humans – squirming around among the blossoming flowers.
Note: While it’s common practice to cite the translators’ names, unfortunately many posting of Issa’s works on which I rely are online and lack translator information.