Poems by Issa

The Dali Lama advises: practice compassion by being kind to insects.
In that spirit, here are some haiku by the poet Issa:

don’t swat that fly!
see how it prays
with its hands, with its feet

Don’t worry, spiders,
I keep house

Even with insects–
some can sing,
some can’t.

I’m going out,
flies, so relax,
make love.

For you fleas too
the nights must be long,
they must be lonely.

Look out!
I’m going to turn now—
Move over, Cricket!

Last time, I think,
I’ll brush the flies
from my father’s face.


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