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#3952 - Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - Editor: Jerry Katz

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    #3952 - Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - Editor: Jerry Katz The Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights ... From http://cat.xula.edu/issa/
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      #3952 - Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - Editor: Jerry Katz

      Issa: Chronology from age 29:
      • 1791, Age 29
        Third Month, 26th day, Issa leaves Edo on a journey to visit haiku poets in Shimôsa Province. Fourth Month, 28th day, he returns home to Kashiwabara.
        even the tree by the gate
        in good health...
        evening cool
      • 1792, Age 30
        Third Month, 25th day, Issa sets off on a journey to Shikoku Island.
        when will we meet again?
        I'm off to the will-o'-the-wisps
        in the far mist
      • 1793, Age 31
        He visits Nagasaki.
        Great Japan--
        a foreigner also attends
        the year's end service!
      • 1794, Age 32
        He journeys to various places on Kyûshû Island.
      • 1795, Age 33
        He visits Matsuyama City.
        lying down
        with a visiting butterfly...
        outer hot spring
      • 1796, Age 34
        Wandering through Shikoku Island, he attends a full moon party at Matsuyama.
        all in a row
        on tatami mats...
        moon gazing
      • 1797, Age 35
        In spring, Issa leaves Matsuyama City. From summer to autumn he stays at Fukuyama.
      • 1801, Age 39
        Third Month, he returns to his home village. His father dies.
        I, who outlived him
        in the dewy
      • 1810, Age 48
        Negotiations over his inheritance take place. From this year until 1818 Issa writes haiku inShichiban nikki ("Seventh Diary").
        the closer I get
        to my village, the more pain...
        wild roses
      • 1812, Age 50
        Eleventh Month, 14th day, he leaves Edo. Same month, 24th day, he returns to live in his native village of Kashiwabara.
        well here it is
        my final home?
        five feet of snow
      • 1813, Age 51
        Second Month, he is living in Kashiwabara in a rented house. In autumn, his inheritance dispute finally settled, he moves into his family home.
      • 1814, Age 52
        Fourth Month, 11th day, he marries Kiku ("Chrysanthemum": age 28).
        big chrysanthemum--
        a never-say-die
      • 1816, Age 54
        Fourth Month, 14th day, a son, Sentarô, is born. Fifth Month, 11th day, he dies.
      • 1818, Age 56
        Fifth Month, 4th day, a daughter, Sato, is born.
      • 1819, Age 57
        Sixth Month, 21st day, Sato dies of smallpox. From this year to 1821, Issa writes haiku inHachiban nikki ("Eighth Diary").
        this world
        is a dewdrop world
        yes... but...
      • 1820, Age 58
        Tenth Month, 5th day, his second son, Ishitarô, is born.
      • 1821, Age 59
        First Month, 11th day, Ishitarô suffocates while bundled on his mother's back.
        why did the blooming
        pink break?
      • 1822, Age 60
        Third Month, 10th day, his third son, Konzaburô, is born. From this year until 1825, Issa writes haiku inBunsei kuchô ("Bunsei Era Haiku Notebook").
      • 1823, Age 61
        Fifth Month, 12th day, his wife, Kiku, dies.
        if only she were here
        for me to nag...
        tonight's moon!
        Konzaburô dies in Twelfth Month that same year.
      • 1824, Age 62
        Fifth Month, 22nd day, he marries Yuki, a samurai's daughter (age 38). Eighth Month, 3rd day, they divorce. On the first day of Eighth Intercalary Month, he suffers a stroke, losing his power of speech for a while.
        how irritating!
        the wild geese freely
        call their friends
      • 1826, Age 64
        Eighth Month, he marries Yao (age 32). For the next two years he writes haiku inBunsei ku - jû kuchô utsushi ("Bunsei Era 9th-10th Years Haiku Notebook").
      • 1827, Age 65
        Sixth Month, 1st day, a fire sweeps through Kashiwabara village, destroying Issa's house. Ninth Month, he moves into a grain barn on his property that survived the fire. Eleventh Month, 19th day, he dies of a stroke. Equivalent Western date: January 5, 1828.
        one dies out
        two die out
        lanterns for the dead

      Gabriel Rosenstock
      bláthanna léana -
      i nduibheagán an drúchta
      clingeann an clog

      in the depths of the dew
      the bell tolls

      -Issa, 1822


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