All The Time I Pray To Buddha

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


Translated by Robert Hass

by Kobayashi Issa

Comments (2)

The two contrasting things.. to attain salvage its the guilt that is being killed....
mmm.. I had thought that a monk, especially that time, that country, had to show the highest spirit of endurance, so to deal with any adversity with serenity and tolerance.. - All kinds of adversity and nuisance.. including mosquitoes.. ;)