Monday, February 20, 2006

the great lord
forced off his horse...
cherry blossoms

Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue
Today is Presidents' Day here in the USA,
and we especially honor George Washington
(apocryphally known for chopping down a
cherry tree and admitting it) and Abraham
Lincoln, known for his honesty, courage and
humor. Rather than posting a poem of my
own today, I thought Issa's set the right tone.


Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I agree! it fits perfectly --

3:34 PM  
Blogger Norman Darlington said...

Woinderfully appropriate, David. And a great haiku too.

4:42 PM  
Blogger david giacalone said...

Thanks. The Issa-Lanoue combination can't be beat. Go here for 177 more cherry-blossom poems from Issa.

One of the things I miss most since moving away from Washington, D.C., in 1988, is cherry-blossom time. Oh, to be young and in love again, along the Tidal Basin. [young and/or in love works, too]

5:00 PM  
Blogger texas haijin said...

wonderful. i love the site you posted.

5:01 PM  
Blogger laryalee said...

Ah, I miss David Lanoue's daily Issa emails...but I'm glad his site survived Katrina!
This is a great idea, David!

7:41 PM  

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