Friday, August 19, 2005

Buddha save me !

David's English
on the flesh
of the yellow rose...
a frog      

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

Issa Original
山吹の花のはだへの蛙哉 一茶
yamabuki no hana no hadae no kawazu kana

David Comment
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.

sakuo remark
Issa is the frog who touched on Buddha
in the mood of happiness

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