Kobayashi Issa

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Kobayashi Issa
all the time I pray to Buddha
All the time I pray to Buddha
I keep on
killing mosquitoes.
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even with insects
Even with insects—
some can sing,
some can’t.
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goes out comes back
Goes out,
comes back—
the love life of a cat.
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mosquito at my ear
Mosquito at my ear—
does he think
I’m deaf?
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the snow is melting
The snow is melting
and the village is flooded
with children.
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under the evening moon
Under the evening moon
the snail
is stripped to the waist.
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“On a branch ...”
On a branch
floating downriver
a cricket, singing.
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