Selected Haiku by Issa

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  Don’t worry, spiders,
I keep house

  New Year’s Day—
everything is in blossom!
  I feel about average.

  The snow is melting
and the village is flooded
  with children.

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

  Mosquito at my ear—
does he think 
  I’m deaf? 

  Under the evening moon
the snail
  is stripped to the waist.

  Even with insects—
some can sing,
 some can’t. 

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

  Napped half the day;
no one 
  punished me!

© Robert Hass