Last Time, I Think

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

Translated by Robert Hass

by Kobayashi Issa

Comments (2)

So sad, and if it is the painting then it is fine again vivid images after reading this poem.
This can have so many many different meanings- his father could be dead so he is sorrowful that he can do longer serve him- -he is grown up or so he thinks so he doesn't have to so there- -he thinks his father is way too lazy- and so on- I prefer the first