Not one traveller
braves this road –
— Haiku by Matsuo Basho, from On Love and Barley: Haiku by Basho, Tr. by Lucien Stryk ;
illustrated by Old Pond Comics
he rolls thin snow
into a Buddha
– Haïku de Kobayashi Issa illustré par Vieil Etang.
a man emerges
from the roof of a boat…
a winter storm
The image in Issa’s haiku (of man emerging from the roof of a boat at sea) reminded me of a drowning insect clinging on a twig in a puddle.
I decided not to show the wasp in the comic: you can tell by the expression on Kaeru’s face that the wasp is walking closer and closer.