Thursday, August 11, 2005

Kill a fly,and Pray for Buddah

David English
swatting a fly
today I hear it again...
mountain bell

44 years old. Lived in Edo.

Issa Original
蝿打てけふも聞也山の鐘 一茶
hae uchite kyô mo kiku nari yama no kane

David Comment
The bell belongs to a Buddhist temple. Perhaps Issa feels a tinge of guilt for taking a life: violating one of Buddha's main precepts. And just as he does the dirty deed, as if to personally chide him, the temple bell tolls in the distance.

sakuo remark
The fly comes and disturbs me,
listen mountain temple bell.

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