Haiku for May


Under the cherry blossoms
strangers are not
really strangers

(Translation by Zoria P. K.)



Goes out,
comes back—
the love life of a cat.

(Translation by Robert Haas)



All the time I pray to Buddha
I keep on
killing mosquitoes.

(Translation by Robert Haas)

Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828)


I wonder, does anyone know where the first cherry blossom is each year (on Arran)? Is it always the same tree?


Sources: https://www.tokyoweekender.com/art_and_culture/books-literature-art_and_culture/cherry-blossom-haiku/ & https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/kobayashi-issa#tab-poems