Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Kobayashi Issa is a poet. His face cannot be found on Youtube.

Sonny Chiba dubbed:

Just beyond the gate
a neat yellow hole--
someone pissed in the snow

In the beggar's tin
a few thin copper coins
and this evening rain

For you too, my fleas,
the night passes so slowly.
But you won't be lonely.

The winter fly
I caught and finally freed
the cat quickly ate

This world of dew
is only a world of dew--
and yet

I wish she were here
to listen to my bitching
and enjoy this moon

Don't kill that poor fly!
He cowers, wringing
his hands for mercy

So many flea bites,
but on her lovely young skin
they are beautiful

Now we are leaving,
the houseflies can make love
to their hearts' desire

Lee Scratch Perry dubbing:

Kobayashi Issa on wikipedia.

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