31 August 2014

Kobayashi Issa haiku, This world is dew...

Kobayashi Issa, a haiku master in the 18th century, wrote:

“This world of dew
is a world of dew,
And yet, and yet. ...”

Toni Bernhardt writes, "This short gem makes vivid the fleeting nature of life. Almost as soon as we see the dew, it changes to something else. The last line inspires me to question my fixed views about this turn my life has taken. Yes, I'm sick. "And yet, and yet..." Might there not be unexpected wonders awaiting me nonetheless?

Issa's haiku from The Essential Haiku, trans. by Robert Hass.


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