swarming flies how do my wrinkled hands taste? – Haiku by Kobayashi Issa

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swarming flies

how do my wrinkled hands

taste?

– Haiku by Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue, illustrated by Old Pond Comics)

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3 thoughts on “swarming flies how do my wrinkled hands taste? – Haiku by Kobayashi Issa

  1. I like the way you’ve made the fly another valued addition into the Old Pond cast of characters – a bit ‘flighty’ in his moods (perhaps understandably..). And another remarkable haiku from Issa.

    • Thanks. I’m glad you enjoy our newest cast member. Lucky for the fly to be living with Issa (instead of the pond where he could be in danger of being eaten by Kaeru and Kawazu)

      • That’s very true. In fact, in the video when Kaeru says “I had a normal childhood” and a fly appears, I half-expected his tongue to shoot out and… bye bye, fly 😉

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