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Kobayashi Issa Poems

A collection of select Kobayashi Issa famous poems that were written by Kobayashi Issa or written about the poet by other famous poets. PoetrySoup is a comprehensive educational resource of the greatest poems and poets on history.

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by Issa, Kobayashi
 In spring rain
a pretty girl
 yawning....Read More



by Issa, Kobayashi
 That wren--
looking here, looking there.
You lose something?...Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
 I'm going out,
flies, so relax,
make love....Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
 Napped half the day;
no one 
punished me!...Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
 Summer night--
even the stars
are whispering to each other....Read More



by Issa, Kobayashi
 A cuckoo sings
to me, to the mountain,
 to me, to the mountain....Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
 Hey, sparrow!
out of the way,
 Horse is coming....Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
 Napping at midday
I hear the song of rice planters
and feel ashamed of myself....Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
 New Year's morning:
the ducks on the pond
quack and quack....Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
 Even on the smallest islands,
they are tilling the fields,
skylarks singing....Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
 Don't worry, spiders,
I keep house
casually....Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
 How much
are you enjying yourself,
tiger moth?...Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
 His death poem:

 A bath when you're born,
 a bath when you die,
 how stupid....Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
 Not very anxious
to bloom,
my plum tree....Read More

by Issa, Kobayashi
 Having slept, the cat gets up,
yawns, goes out
to make love....Read More