Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DMC: "Issa hailed from old Japan" by Diane Mayr

Issa hailed from old Japan
a poet and a simple man.
On family he could not depend
so flea or fly became a friend.

© 2015 Diane Mayr. All rights reserved.

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  1. Excited to see a clerihew about Issa! Nicely done, Diane :-)

  2. No, no, no... thank YOU, Diane. This "issa" wonderful tribute to an extraordinary poet. Forgive the pun... "haiku-dn't" help myself! :p

  3. One of my students is reading Cool Melons Turn to Frogs for his poetry project. He is enjoying learning about Issa. He told me his life was sad. I highly recommend the book, beautifully illustrated and full of wonderful haiku.

  4. Charming. I echo Margaret Simon's comment. Cool Melons Turn to Frogs is a terrific book. Thanks, Diane, for sharing the poem.

  5. Fun clerihew about Issa. Great job!