“Carpe Diem Utabukuro” – Issa – July 19, 2015


For today’s “Carpe Diem Utabukuro” I’m going to reflect upon one of the most wonderful haiku poets – Issa.

Kobayashi Issa (小林一茶) was a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jodo Shin… but we don’t need an introduction is Kobayashi Issa who we have seen often at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

These are some of my favourite haiku by Issa:

The moon tonight —
I even miss
her grumbling.

In this world
we walk on the roof of hell,
gazing at flowers.

A cuckoo sings
to me, to the mountain,
to me, to the mountain.

Blossoms at night,
and the faces of people
moved by music.

© Kobayashi Issa


the swallows
chattering at sunrise
– terrible gossips

this hot summer
welcoming rain drops
at midnight

thinking it’s in the ocean
swims freely

swatting at mosquitoes
conveniently forgetting
thou shalt not kill

© G.s.k. ‘15

For more haiku by Issa please click this LINK