Sunday, January 20, 2008

Winter haiku & digital art (Socks)

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chill morning—
we all go to dancing
on the roof of Hell

DW Bender
Winter haiku, January 2008

The above is an "allusory haiku." It refers to the following haiku haiku by master, Kobayashi Issa (1763 -1827):

yo [no] naka wa jigoku no ue no hanami kana

in this world
over Hell, we promenade,
gazing at flowers

(translation version, mine)

Read more of Issa's haiku at David Lanoue's educational website, Haiku of Kobayashi Issa. David has a different translation of Issa's above poem, with notes on its Buddhist meanings.

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