“After the Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa” by Robert Hass

New Year’s morning—
everything is in blossom!
   I feel about average.
xxxx
   A huge frog and I
staring at each other,
   neither of us moves.
xxxx
   This moth saw brightness
in a woman’s chamber—
   burned to a crisp.
xxxx
   Asked how old he was
the boy in the new kimono
   stretched out all five fingers.
xxxx
   Blossoms at night,
like people
   moved by music
xxxx
   Napped half the day;
no one
   punished me!
xxxx
Fiftieth birthday:
   From now on,
It’s all clear profit,
   every sky.
xxxx
   Don’t worry, spiders,
I keep house
   casually.
xxxx
   These sea slugs,
they just don’t seem
   Japanese.
xxxx
Hell:
   Bright autumn moon;
pond snails crying
   in the saucepan.

xxxx

Robert Hass, “After the Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa” from Field Guide. Copyright © 1973 by Robert Hass.

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One Response to “After the Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa” by Robert Hass

  1. Jerome Bloom says:

    THANK YOU
    BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS
    HAPPY NEW YEAR
    EVERYBODY

    CARRY MY LOVE WITH YOU

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