ISSA

I’m going out,
flies, so relax,
make love.

The sea slugs,
they just don’t seem
Japanese.

Writing shit about new snow
for the rich
is not art.

Fleas in my hut,
it’s my fault
you look so skinny

This stupid world –
skinny mosquitoes, skinny fleas,
skinny children.

Last time, I think,
I’ll brush the flies
from my father’s face.

-Issa

Edited and translated by Robert Hass, The Essential Haiku. Hopewell, NJ: The Ecco Press. 1994.

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