startling banals

14 March 2008

Sparrow haikus by Issa

spring peace--
after rain, a gang war
garden sparrows

waiting for spring
sparrows also make a home
in the bamboo

dewdrops scatter--
the sparrow sings
of next-life salvation

dance, my little
sparrows at the gate

on a snowy day
the temple is packed...
pigeons, sparrows

(translated by David Lanoue)


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