“Who will wake up at the end of my dream?” ~ Jacques Roubad

Two for Tuesday: Nature in Asian Art

Zhao Shaoang Praying Mantis on Loquat Bamboo two scrolls, ink and color on paper
“Praying Mantis on Loquat Bamboo” (two scrolls, ink and color on paper)
by Zhao Shao’ang


Zhao Shao’ang, Chinese (1903-1998)
Lingnan School, ink and watercolors on paper, scrolls


Blossoms at night,
and the faces of people
moved by music.

~ Kobayashi Issa, trans. Robert Hass

After the Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa

New Year’s morning—
everything is in blossom!
   I feel about average.
   A huge frog and I
staring at each other,
   neither of us moves.
   This moth saw brightness
in a woman’s chamber—
   burned to a crisp.
   Asked how old he was
the boy in the new kimono
   stretched out all five fingers.
   Blossoms at night,
like people
   moved by music
   Napped half the day;
no one
   punished me!
Fiftieth birthday:
   From now on,
It’s all clear profit,
   every sky.
   Don’t worry, spiders,
I keep house
   These sea slugs,
they just don’t seem
   Bright autumn moon;
pond snails crying
   in the saucepan.

~ Robert Hass


Music by Luke Sital Singh, “Fail For You”