Old Poem Saturday – Haiku by Issa

OnlyOneGuyAnother classic haiku for Saturday! Today’s poem is “Only One Guy,” a haiku by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated by Cid Corman. Issa is one of the Three Masters of traditional Japanese haiku. Photograph (an extreme close-up of Vessel by Ralph Bacerra) and composition by me.



    1. My phone has a little emoticon for a buzzing bee (it has a whole suite of impressive icons nowadays – more with every software update!) – I wish WordPress had that too! 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I know – as I was mentioning to SD Gates, I have no idea what the equivalent for “guy” would be in Japanese, but I get the sense that the translator tried to capture the sentiment and tone of the haiku for us. It really works!


    1. Thank you! It’s a fantastic ceramic artwork (it’s a pot, but it’s so much more than that too!) and the color stands out even in a gallery full of outstanding pieces.

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