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.