nawashiro no mura naori keri yoru no ame
fixing the unevenness
in the rice-seedling bed...
sakuo comment and Renku
His wife Kiku, has been ill since Feburaly, and dies on 12th day of Fifth Month,
When it is in the middle of rice planting.
The rice-seeding bed has been prepared before one month.
Kiku was earnest about planting rice in stead of Issa who was a wondering poet
She would say to Issa [ the bed is uneven] that Issa reminds with sorrows.
taue wo matishi tuma ha nashi
longing for planting rice
my wife has died