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

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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