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by Kobayashi Issa

Translated by Robert Hass


Mother I never knew—
every time I see the ocean,
every time.



At my daughter’s grave, thirty days
after her death:


Windy fall—
these are the scarlet flowers
she liked to pick.



Last time, I think,
I’ll brush the flies
from my father’s face.


From The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa. Edited and Translated by Robert Hass. Copyright © 1994 by Robert Hass. Reprinted by permission of The Ecco Press.

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