Saturday, March 30, 2013

Haiku by Kobayaski Issa

 Here are three haiku from Kobayashi Issa, a haiku master poet from the late 1700s and early 1800s:




O snail
Climb Mount Fuji,
But slowly, slowly!

Trusting the Buddha, good and bad,
I bid farewell
To the departing year.

Everything I touch
with tenderness, alas,
pricks like a bramble.





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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Life Is A Petting Zoo


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Wood is good,
which sets one in mood,
no need much food,
not obligated to be understood,
none will be fooled
to be sued,
Forests are cool,
Animal skins are smooth like wool,
Rivers roam, swimming pool,
Camp without worrying about too many a tool,
If a dream comes true
then no more random blue,
Morning dew,
Sparkle like lovely birds' hue,
April fool,
Sad man's cure,
Love can be pure,
Life is a petting zoo!