Early on in our relationship, my beloved and I discovered a common love of sharing small moments and celebrating them. Today I realized, reading this snippet from The Writer's Almanac by Garrison Keillor, how much more a haiku can express this simple, profound, thing. Thank you, Kobayashi Issa. Thank you, Garrison Keillor. Thank you, my beloved. Thank you, God.
From The Writer’s Almanac for June 15, 2014:
“It's the birthday of Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa, born in Kashiwabara, Japan (1763). He's one of the masters of the Japanese form of poetry called haiku, which uses 17 Japanese characters broken into three distinct units. He spent most of his adult life traveling around Japan, writing haiku, keeping a travel diary, and visiting shrines and temples across the country. By the end of his life, he had written more than 20,000 haiku celebrating the small wonders of everyday life.”
In part we are together,
To travel around
And look at things.