Like Issa

Like Issa
forever flea bitten
on the path
through poverty
to enlightenment
or at least
love

the sting
of no-see-ums
on my face
backs of my hands
in the shack
on the path
to more poems
in praise
of long dead
Japanese
poets

a long way from
enlightenment
but with love
awaiting the gift
of a child
who will
perhaps
have a thing or two
to teach

cairns along
the path

Issa said
“never look as if you are on the path
that way no one will ask
where you are
going”

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