Haiku Thursday

Every Thursday I publish a classic haiku from one of the Japanese haiku masters. Today’s haiku is from Kobayashi Issa.

In this world of ours
Even insects’ songs vary
Some are good, some bad


Harunobu – Lovers hunting for insects at night © British Museum

As the illustration shows, in old Japan they would catch and keep crickets in cages to listen to them sing.

Reminder – a haiku is a short poem in three lines of five, seven and five syllables. In translating these haiku I’ve tried to preserve that structure.

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