Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mutts Goes Plop ...

Today's Mutts was too good not to share.

As is the daily Issa posting from David G. Lanoue:

adding themselves
to the bird's nest...
cherry blossoms

tori no su ni tsukuri komareshi sakura kana

1808 trans. by David G. Lanoue



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Charles Gramlich said...

LOl, that is a good one for all Issa fans.

aditya said...


I wonder if it was intentional!

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Indeed, it is intentional - I believe it is the Alan Watts translation!


Anonymous said...

Watts's translation here (except he used the article 'a' in the second line — "a frog" — and added a "bang" (!) or exclamation point at the end — is one of my two favorites of all (and there are so many English translations wow!) — depending on my mood. The other is by R. H. Blyth:

The old pond
A frog jumps in
The sound of water.

And they are so different from one another, yet that's the yin and the yang of it all . . .

Many thanks for an eternity of laughter! — Basho, Watts, Blyth, Issa's Untidy Hut and Lillie.

Ed Baker said...

here is 10,000 translations of The Frog Poem:


about 10 years ago I did a "frog" poem... two versions

far beyond moon frog leaps
far beyond frog moon leaps

then there was Cid Corman's translation
which he said was the best one ever!

to which I replied:

so many frogs
in one pond

(as I recall longhouse published the first one and
lilliput the second)

there is ALSO a series of Frog Poems that Karma did

really neat stuff

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Donna, thanks for the insight, the kindness and the laughter!


Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Yes, it was good old bopsecrets I went to to find the translator - Mr. Watts -

I so love the moon variations on frog - far beyond is beautiful.

So many frogs makes so many croaking statements. Wonder full.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Don! Much obliged, :-)) And please tell Ed Baker I loved this —

so many frogs
in one pond

Karma Tenzing Wangchuk's "99 frogs" (bottle rockets press) is outstanding in many ways. I still give it as gifts.

I can't resist adding another croak — my variation on a theme:

work drone
a colleague's plastic frog
stares back

Basho and that plastic frog saved me more than once! from jobs that sucked the air out of the room.

Here's to real work & fun-filled plops!

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Master Ed will most certainly get your message. Plastic frogs reminded me of this one from "Past All Traps," which I did at last night's reading.

Plastic flowers -
who are you
to talk.

Always gets a laugh - and a pause.



Anonymous said...


not to "one-up" you

I (must) have Karma's froggie book as it originally was...

an hand-made event (1999) titled 90 FROGS

via dennis h dutton (Karma Tenzing Wangchuk)

with a delightful hand done drawing colored post-cardish "thing" glued on the back cover

(frogs on a lily-pad gathered 'round an old bull-frog listening to "him" read


the bottle rockets edition has 9 add
itional "froggies" ?


here is one:

mrs frog
I was once a tadpole


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

I'm off to see if I can find one of Karma's elusive frog editions ... I'm the only toad who hasn't read it!

snowbird said...

When I saw that comic I wanted to post it too...but am so glad IUH made it possible for me. So glad it got picked up by others.

snowbird said...

When I saw that comic I wanted to post it too...but am so glad IUH made it possible for me. So glad it got picked up by others.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Glad you liked, sb ...

Lyle Daggett said...

In one of the endnotes in his 100 Poems from the Chinese, Rexroth says that in China it's common to imagine the moon as a toad (also as a rabbit, among other things), similar to how many of us in the "west" see a man-in-the-moon face.

Seems to me I've see passing references to each (moon toad and moon rabbit) elsewhere too, though I couldn't say specifically where offhand.

On several occasions, looking at the full moon, I've been able to see the toad or frog -- its head is pointed downward, and its hind legs are extended behind it (or "upward" as you're looking at it). The rabbit also, basically a rabbit's head (seen facing it) with long ears sticking partly up and then bending and flopping downward.