National Poetry Month 2015: Day 26, Kobayashi Issa

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On the death of Issa’s infant child:

Translated by Lewis Mackenzie:

露の世は露の世ながらさりながら

(Tsuyu no yo wa tsuyu no yo nagara sari nagara)

This dewdrop world —
Is a dewdrop world,
And yet, and yet . . .

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