The Haiku Master

From The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, June 15, 2021

I must read his work

To learn the master’s method

And humble myself

It’s the birthday of Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa (books by this author), born in Kashiwabara, Japan (1763). He’s one of the masters of the Japanese form of poetry called haiku, which uses 17 Japanese characters broken into three distinct units. He spent most of his adult life traveling around Japan, writing haiku, keeping a travel diary, and visiting shrines and temples across the country. By the end of his life he had written over 20,000 haiku celebrating the small wonders of everyday life. He’s a big reason haiku became so popular in Japan and around the world.


He said, “A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labors of a spasmodic Hercules.”

A quote of Anthony Trollope found in the Saturday April 24, 2021 edition of The Writers Almanac.

I should only hope to be a “spasmodic Hercules”, completing a small, truly daily task, seems to be as elusive as finding an imperfect flower.

Translating Rafael©

What he said:If you like killing puppies, this might be persuasive.”

What he meant: If you hate American Democracy, then everything Trump says might be persuasive.

I have come to the conclusion that the Republican Party has decided that good ideas to help Americans are a waste of time and that they can win office by doing nothing more than talking shit, making culture war issues all that there is, and doing everything they can to out Trump, Trump, in order to keep even crazier people from making a primary challenge from even farther out on the fringe than they are. So Sad.

420? Really?©

“MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, sent out an email on Saturday promoting his new conspiracy theory documentary Absolute Interference, which will be released on April 20.”

A lot of people that I know have often wondered what Mike Lindell has been smoking, well, the quote above should shed some light on the answer.

OK, this guy probably does not smoke pot, and the release date is probably coincidental, but it is still pretty funny considering how coo-coo this guy is. So, I have to ask myself: what is in it for this guy? He is getting sued, he is losing business, and he is burning through a lot of money with his crazy conspiracy theories. I am sure that there is an empty Trump promise at the end of this rainbow.

But we will just have to wait until 420 to see what he has up his sleeve this time. Honestly, if I was in a place with legal pot, I would get some primo buds, roll up a fat one, and watch his latest effort to destroy constitutional democracy in America. So sad.

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