Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Issa Haiku

at my feet
when did you get here?

ISSA - 1801
ashi moto e itsu kitarishi yo katatsuburi
Shinji Ogawa comments: "This haiku shows a very common scene of surprise when one finds a slow snail very close to oneself. Adding to that, when we learn that Issa was attending his dying father, our appreciation of this haiku may advance farther. We must learn how many things are left out from the haiku and yet, or therefore, so many things are expressed."


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