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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Mr Toad, you are Great !

fifth month rain


David English
fifth month rain--taking his seat on a rock toad

-Issa, 1818
56 years old, stay in Sinano. first daughter was born on May.

sakuo Japanese
五月雨や 岩に座つた 蝦蟇
samidare ya iwa ni suwatta hikigaeru

Issa Original
五月雨や石に坐を組む引がえる
samidare ya ishi ni za wo kumu hikigaeru

sakuo remark
[za wo kumu] is [ siting down to do Zazen, for getting stablity of mind] Issa always feel toad as being philosophical existance.
" Mr toad you are great "

1 comment:

. Gabi Greve said...

Hi Sakuo san,

you should make your toad wear a kesa and priest robe... :o)

like the old scroll of animals acting like humans.

thanks for the laugh!
gabi