Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Haiku of Kobayashi Issa

A world of dew,
and within every dewdrop
a world of struggle
From birthing's washbowl
to the washbowl of the dead --
blathering nonsense!

--Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828) was a Japanese poet and Buddhist priest known for his haiku poems and journals. He is regarded as one of the four Japanese masters of haiku. His writings are widely available today.

Click on ReadMeAPoem to access the website of meditator Gordon Gaippe, Des Moines, IA, who sent these poems.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

last week our class held a similar discussion about this subject and you show something we have not covered yet, thanks.

- Kris