Saturday, June 16, 2012


So I learn that yesterday was the birthday of Kobayashi Issa ((1763-1828) "who is celebrated for his delighted, almost child-like celebrations of the natural world.

Issa saw four children die in infancy, his wife die in childbirth, and his own body partially paralyzed."

Live in simple faith...
Just as this trusting cherry
Flowers, fades, and falls.

* * *
Great moon
woven in plum scent,
all mine.

* * *
Just simply alive,
Both of us, I
And the poppy.

* * *
On a branch
floating downriver,
a cricket, singing...

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