on the flesh
of the yellow rose...
56 years old, stay in Sinano. first daughter was born on May.
yamabuki no hana no hadae no kawazu kana
This haiku has the prescript, "Eight Merits-Earning Water." This refers to a special pond in the Buddhist Paradise, the water of which contains eight beneficial properties. See Kogo dai jiten (Shogakukan 1983) 1333. By prefacing the haiku in this way, Issa hints that a pond is also part of the scene.
Issa is the frog who touched on Buddha
in the mood of happiness