First firefly

by Kobayashi Issa

English version by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto
Original Language Japanese

First firefly,
why turn away --
it's Issa.

-- from Zen Poetry: Let the Spring Breeze Enter, Translated by Lucien Stryk / Translated by Takashi Ikemoto

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First firefly