Kobayashi Issa was born on 15 June 1763 in Kashiwabara, Shinano Province (Shinanomachi, Nagano Prefecture today). Denied his inheritance by his stepmother and stepbrother, he made a living as an impoverished traveling teacher of poetry. The language of his poems is as simple and spare as his own life. He died on 5 January 1829. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).