Poems to share

Three Haiku

1
first firefly
though the hand is skilful
slips free
hatsu hotaru jyôzu no te de mori ni keri

2
biting the hand
that sets it free . . .
katydid
hanachi yaru te wo kajiri keri kirigirisu

3
opening the window
I see the butterfly off
into the field
mado akete chô wo mi-okuru no hara kana

Issa

Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828) was one of Japan’s most prolific poets. He left in his journals over 20,000 one- breath poems – then called haikai, but today known as ‘haiku’. He is better known simply as Issa: a pen name meaning ‘Cup-of-tea’.