Do You Haiku?

Today marks the beginning of the new month, and with that comes an introduction to a new author and haiku.  This month’s artist, Issa (which translates to Cup-Of-Tea, interestingly enough), was born in Kashiwabara, Japan in 1762.  Up until his death in 1826, Issa traveled throughout his homeland writing haiku, infusing the simple elegance of his work with such Buddhist themes as mortality, empathy, and the passionate celebration of the ordinary.

“It seems as if
this must be the end of it —
so much spring snow.”

–Issa

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