|Emmalie in the BWCA, Aug. 2010|
A single mat
A pine tree
Makes a summer mansion.
Issa (1763-1828) was one of Japan's most famous and prolific poets, writing over 20,000 haiku in his lifetime. I came across a book of his poetry in a box in my garage a few months ago. It was with other books from my childhood, so I must've had it when I was growing up, but I don't remember reading it before.
The poem above is one of my favorites from that book. I spent so much time playing outside when I was little, much of it in or under trees. I loved pretending that a cluster of trees (like the one in the photo above) was my house, complete with many rooms and a carpet of needles, leaves, or moss. I can easily see myself sitting beneath a pine tree, imagining a summer mansion around me....