into morning-glories

by Kobayashi Issa

English version by David G. Lanoue
Original Language Japanese

into morning-glories
with one shoulder bare...
holy man


- from the website http://haikuguy.com/issa/

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

I was hesitant to attach a photograph to this haiku because its words paint such a perfect picture of their own. But then I found this beautiful image. The poem paints one picture, the photograph gives us a slightly different one. I find myself wanting to contemplate them both.

Time to step into morning glories...



Recommended Books: Kobayashi Issa

Zen Poetry: Let the Spring Breeze Enter The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry The Poetry of Zen: (Shambhala Library) Haiku Enlightenment A Box of Zen: Haiku the Poetry of Zen, Koans the Lessons of Zen, Sayings the Wisdom of Zen





into morning-glories