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December 29, 2006

Friday Poem

Filed under: poetry — alecsothblog @ 12:10 am

After a productive Snow Week, I decided to take a break from the blog. Along with all of the holiday cheer, we’ve been having 40-degree weather. My enthusiasm for writing seems to have vanished with the snow. I’d rather just leave the writing to the pros – at least until the New Year. So here is poem by a pro, Robert Hass, in celebration of the New Year.

After the Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa
by Robert Hass

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

A huge frog and I
staring at each other,
neither of us moves.

This moth saw brightness
in a woman’s chamber—
burned to a crisp.

Asked how old he was
the boy in the new kimono
stretched out all five fingers.

Blossoms at night,
like people
moved by music

Napped half the day;
no one
punished me!

Fiftieth birthday:

From now on,
It’s all clear profit,
every sky.

Don’t worry, spiders,
I keep house

These sea slugs,
they just don’t seem


Bright autumn moon;
pond snails crying
in the saucepan.


  1. I’m with you Alec Soth. Love, love and love.

    Comment by Zoe Strauss — December 31, 2006 @ 2:58 pm

  2. i am your blog reader from china.Thanks to give us so much.
    happy new year!

    Comment by click — January 1, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

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