a withering wind-
seated in the falling dusk
a street minstrel

—Issa (1762 - 1826)

from William J. Higginson with Penny Harter, The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku (page 18), published by Kodansha International. Copyright (c) 1985 William J. Higginson; used by permission of the translator.

About the author: Kobayashi Issa (1762-1826) became a major haikai poet despite an impoverished childhood and early years in which he was practically homeless. He is well loved for the empathy with small creatures expressed in many of his poems.


Responses to the haiku for 7 November 2001 by Issa (1762 - 1826)

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-12-05 09:32:40

    winter breeze
    litter challenges walkers:
    dump truck in the alley