icy morning

November 18, 2016 § 2 Comments



icy morning


are those little sparrows gossiping?


after Issa 🙂

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January 28, 2016 § 6 Comments


icy morning –

why are those little sparrows



After Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

Image courtesy Bing

to come…

September 14, 2015 § Leave a comment


bending for windfalls

a hint of aging bones –

banish them!


After Issa… 🙂

cold feet

February 17, 2015 § 10 Comments


barefoot in the snow

ouch –

i am alive!


Written after Issa…

Issa (1762-1826) is one of the most well known haiku poets. He was a Buddhist priest, and spent many years simply wandering about Japan. I enjoy his work as he clearly loved to play with words and to make fun of both himself and the human condition. Although he used traditional images like cherry blossom and so on, his sense of humour and wonderfully eccentric imagination led to some great haiku: “here comes a bush warbler!/ wiping his dirty feet/ on the plum blossom”. His work can be both coarse or rough, yet exquisite at the same time. An inspiring and timeless poet.

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