the ducks quack and the readers read




“New Year’s morning” 

New Year’s morning:

the ducks on the pond

quack and quack.


Written by Kobayashi Issa. Translation by Robert Hass.


Wishing you all a wonderful 2014!



67 thoughts on “the ducks quack and the readers read

  1. Those photos are just beautiful, particularly the first one. I find that that combination of colours particularly satisfying. I’m presuming that they are photos that you took yourself. Congratulations.

    • Thank you for the kind words! Yes, I took these photos on a walk with my dog. I liked the contrast between the grasses and the snow although I wish there was a bit more snow. (p.s. I hate when comments seem to ‘disappear’ suddenly. In the end, both went through!).

    • When I came across the poem, I knew I had to use it in my blog, it’s so lovely in its simplicity. Then as I was walking my dog, I came across these ducks and realized they would be perfect with the poem. Happy New Year!

  2. may your success be doubled and more this new year. You know, Letizia, we have ducks down here that whistle instead of quack. Never heard of that before, but I’m no duckologist, lol. Beautiful picture and I did enjoy the poem.

    • Whistling ducks! Now that’s something I’d like to hear! “The ducks on the pond/ whistle and whistle” !!!

      Wishing you and your family a wonderful, healthy, and happy new year! Thank you for always supporting my little blog, Dannie.

    • She loves running and sniffing around that pond. And when she stops to sniff, it allows me to contemplate a specific area I would have otherwise walked right by. Aren’t dogs great that way? Wishing you and Rhythm a great year!

  3. I love the photos, especially the one of the ducks. I live near a pond that is frequented by ducks and geese. In the winter, it’s amusing to see the fowl manage to keep a small area from freezing by all their activity. They have to work hard at it!

    Happy New Year!

    • That’s a good observation- there’s always a part of the pond kept free of the ice. And the ducks and geese are forced to co-habitate in ever closer quarters as the temperatures drop! What I love about the pond, and I’m sure you’ll agree, is that it’s a great place to see the details of the change of seasons.

      Wishing you a wonderful new year!

  4. I love it when ducks quack together. They always sound like they’re either laughing or involved in an important conversation. Wishing you a new year of laughter and quacks! Hope you and your dog will get to play in the snow some more too.

    • When I was in Kenya, I loved listening to the hippos as they always sounded like they were laughing. It was contagious so I would start giggling too! Ducks and hippos – who knew they had so much in common? Wishing you many quacks and hippo laughter as well!

    • I wish I could read it in the Japanese original. I always feel like I’m missing out when reading in translation but I still love this little haiku!

      Happy New Year to you too!

  5. Love the photo of tracks in the snow.. love ANY snow-related photo.. as long as I am safely and comfortably ensconced inside! Quack quack, read read & happy happy new year 😉 Thanks for dropping by my blog (again)!

  6. Happy, Happy New Year! Day 4 and the adventures are well underway. I am so looking forward to our discussions! Yesterday, I celebrated J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday and came across this quote that will serve me well in the journeys ahead. This year, I have chosen “courage” as my 2014 word. The tracks in the snow are an amazing symbol for what is ahead. Let’s leave tracks!!!!

    “It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” J.R.R. Tolkien

    • What a wonderful word to have chosen for the new year ahead (I love the idea of choosing a word!). Happy new year, looking forward to the journey ahead of us!

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