Written for:  Carpe Diem #1158, Kashiwabara – birthplace of Kobayashi Issa
Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828) was a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū sect known for his haiku poems and journals. He is better known as simply Issa, a pen name meaning Cup-of-tea. He is regarded as one of the five haiku masters in Japan, along with Bashō, Buson, Chiyo-Ni and Shiki — “the Big Five.”


Kashiwabara, birth-place of Issa, is a wonderful place to be.

Shinano’s deep wooded mountains
even in Fifth Month…
cherry blossoms

sleeping side by side
Shinano’s mountains too…
evening snow

deep wooded mountains–
home-grown in Shinano
glorious blossoms

Eighth Month–
a rainy night, pre-harvest moon
in the mountains of Shinano

(c) Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

Here is my attempt:

stands with skis on mountain
thrilled at beauty below
thinks of a haiku


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I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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