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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Issa Haiku

world of man-- 
in a little stone field 
catching fleas 


Issa 1827 

.人の世や小石原より蚤うつる 
hito no yo ya ko ishiwara yori nomi utsuru 

David Gerard: A field of stones seems an unlikely place to catch fleas, yet in this “world of man,” this happens. According to the Pure Land Buddhism to which Issa subscribed, we are living in a corrupt age. Issa implies, with a sly smile perhaps, that our time is even corrupt in the smallest of ways

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