Haiku, by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827).

tsuyu no yo wa tsuyu no yo nagara sari nagara

this world
is a dewdrop world
yes… but…

Tuesday Poem

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5 Responses to Haiku, by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827).

  1. paparoa says:

    In 1819, when Issa was 57, his baby daughter, Sato, died. This poem is his response: Buddhist teaching proposed that the illusory world of the senses was like the evanescent morning dew, and that suffering was like unto this; but Issa’s heart cries out in his grief, “and yet, and yet…”. There is no comfort in this philosophy, to answer the depths of his fatherly heartbreak.

  2. Jennifer Compton says:


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  4. I thought you might enjoy a post I wrote about the haiku of Issa for Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/turning-straw-gold/201104/issa-my-life-through-the-pen-haiku-master


  5. paparoa says:

    Thanks Toni – I’m glad Issa has comforted you. I am in Japan right now. Cheers.

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