New Year's Day

New Year's Day--
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average.

Translated by Robert Hass

by Kobayashi Issa

Comments (6)

Very nice poem. I liked it.
You are right, Susan. The poem in the original language probably had a different number of syllables. I really do wonder what the original said. The translation of that third line seems somewhat strange to me.
There are [a] different kinds of haiku- they're not all 5-7-5, and [b] translation into English mangles many good haiku! so just go with the flow and wonder what the original said
that ever present contrast of outside - inside, penned by haiku master
That is the beginning for a grand finale at the end!
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