Haiku by Issa

うつくしや
障子の穴の
天の川

— 一茶

How beautiful
the universe in the hole
in the paper door

— Issa

NOTE:

天の川 (amanogawa) literally means “river of heaven” and translates to “the Milky Way,” but I like the way galaxy sounds (“How beautiful/the Milky Way in the hole/in the paper door” just doesn’t resonate the same way for me). UPDATE: Decided to change galaxy to universe.

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