Oh, don't swat!
the fly rubs hands,
rubs feet

—Issa (1762 - 1826)

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

(Handbook, p. 17)

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 3 June 2002 by Issa (1762 - 1826)

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-10-15 14:15:17

    need to sneeze
    errant flight of the gnat ...
    to clear my nostril