Haiku by Kobayashi Issa (1763 -1827)

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climb Mount Fuji, 
O snail, 
but slowly, slowly.
Issa: Self-Portrait
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, 
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.

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