In this area you’ll find selected examples of Issas Haiku poetry. An easy-to-access option to take a break from our reasoning monkey mind.
Just take a look on the three lines, let them sink in, the scene will emerge in your heart…
Let it play around in your mind, rest with it, watch it dissolve…
flitting to the oil lamp
of the pissing place…
shôbenjo no abura-bi ni chiru kona yuki kana
looking back at her house
until only mist
kinu-ginu ya kasumu made miru imo ga ie
the departing geese…
kari tatta ato wo mi ni yuku ko matsu kana
I call Mr. Toad
hiki dono mo fuku to yobaruru botan kana
“Lucky” (Fuku) is a common pet name for toads. Issa implies that he and the toad share the good fortune of enjoying the blooming peony.
New Year’s Day–
a one-penny kite, too
in Edo’s sky
tsuitachi ya ichi mon-dako mo edo no sora
The sky and wind are free for all to enjoy. Expensive kites soar in the New Year’s sky, but so does a one-penny kite–just as happily.
going outside the fence
a cold night
kaki soto e he wo sute ni deru yozamu kana