lined up too
lined up too among the dolls...Dharma
60 years old, On March the third son born, On August injured by slipping on the road, wrote the books of haiku.
並びたる 人形の中に だるま哉
narabi taru ningyou no nakani daruma kana
inarande daruma mo hina no nakama kana
Dharma (Bodhidharma) is the patriarch who brought Buddhism from India to China. On this day of the spring Doll Festival, the stern master finds himself surrounded by brightly costumed dolls.
The daruma doll comes with white, blank eyes. The idea is to make a wish while drawing in the pupil of one of its eyes. When the wish is fulfilled, one draws the other eye.
Shinji Ogawa adds, "The daruma doll has a weight on the bottom so that it rises by itself from a fall, and so is regarded as a lucky doll."
Why Dharma was mixed in the dolls ? There is story behind the tragedy in this haiku.
Issa's children's survival table
1816 April first son born. May died
1818 May first daughter born.
1819 June she died.
1820 Oct second son born.
1821 Jan he died.
1822 May third son born
1823 Dec he died
The dolls festival is on May and for not boys but girls.In this year, Issa family has displayed the doll, but the first daughter has already died. Issa prepared Dharum for third son. and lined it up to among the dolls, praying son's health as well as daughter's peace.