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“This Tree My Buddha”

He sits all alone 
in freezing rain for us all, 
this great stone Buddha. 
— Issa
(trans. Sam Hamill)* 

Through the rain,
this tree my Buddha.

 

* The Spring of My Life and Selected Haiku: Kobayashi Issa (Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1997), p. 111.