Poetry Appearing in Poetry In Motion® Portland

Two Haiku

Kobayashi Issa

            Don't worry, spiders,
I keep house

Mosquito at my ear—
Does it think
I'm deaf?

Translated from the Japanese by Robert Hass

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"Don't worry, spiders..." and "Mosquito at my ear..." by Issa, from The Essential Haiku, edited by Robert Hass. Translation copyright © 1994 by Robert Hass. Reprinted with the permission of The Ecco Press.


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