Friday, December 16, 2005
If not listen ?
hototogisu hae musi mera mo yottuku kike
oh flies and worms
Issa compare cuckoo to a Samurai, named Tametomo who was a strong man with
bow and sward. In battle field he cried “listen well, Yah and Yah”
to his enemies. In this haiku cuckoo becomes strong ruler and
flies and worm are weak subjects.
if not listen
bow and sward are usable