The Haiku Snail

January 29, 2016

Felix and mushrooms

Filix possesses nothing but his own shadow. He moves and acts spontaneously from his nature and without purpose, he has become one with the Universe: “Look snail, look, O look, at your own shadow.” — Issa.

Haiku is a Japanese poetry form that originally evoked a moment in nature consisting of seventeen syllables in a five-seven-five pattern. Issa (1762-1826) was a poet of nature, who wrote about a thousand haiku on small creatures in nature including snails, frogs, fireflies, and fleas. His work demonstrates an empathy, gentleness, deep feeling and oneness with nature.



“Just simply alive, I and the poppy.” – Issa. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

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