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Don’t cry, wild geese by Issa

haikuA life full of tragic events inspired Kobayashi Issa to concentrate on the most pure aspects of living: children and the struggles common people experience. As one of the Great Four haiku masters within Japan, Issa’s work was tremendous and influential. Buddhist beliefs were a founding principle for this 18th century poet and priest who documented his devotion to his faith in a vast collection of haiku poems and journals. With humanistic views which covered poverty, sadness, despair, and faith, Issa’s timelessly original work assisted the accessibility of haiku to much larger audiences and earned him recognition as one of the most popular poets of the genre.

Don’t cry, wild geese,
It’s the same everywhere –
this floating world.”