Today’s haiku master poet in the July series of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828). I found a lovely biography of him whist looking for Issa’s background today written by Haiku Guy, which I’ve linked so that you may look at it too! I first came across Issa (which means cup of tea, by the way) through Jen of Blog it or Lose it! chatting about haiku one early morning (mine not hers 🙂 ). She also sent me some links, one of which is The Haiku of Issa.
Issa is famous for his haiku (or hokku or haikai as these verses were called before Shiki’s haiku reform) about everyday life and small creatures like spiders and flies but also dogs, cats and birds.
The poem chosen today at Carpe Diem was passed on to Chèvrefuelle by Jen and it’s not about his usual subject but about the Amida Buddha’s Western Paradise:
shônin no nishi no fujinami ima ya saku
the holy man’s
westward waves of wisteria
© Kobayashi Issa
pure earth and water
sailing wisteria waves