with the samisen's
plectrum sweeping up...
59 years old. on January his second son died on his mother's back. On April his wife got sick of gout .
samisen no bachi de haki yaru arare kana
A samisen is a long-necked, three-stringed banjo-like instrument, plucked with a plectrum. Here, someone is finding a new use for the latter.
A woman was waiting for her lover.
She had idle moment with playing samisen,
He didn't come, and hailstones come.
Then she swept them with plectrum
Servant suddenly said, Master is coming !