Sunday, August 19, 2007
by Issa, 1820, Age 58.
Last year his daughter died.
Tenth month, his second son is born.
sakuo comment and renku
かくれや＝not select house, a hut remote from residence.
呑手を雇ふ; what for the drinkers were hired ?
菊の酒; Mum Festival wine, I could’t find Festival in original haiku.
Mum is his wife, Kiku, chrysanthemum.
Last question; why his wife hired the drinkers, She was expected to
have a baby at early date, wishing that Issa doesn’t get out for drinking.
Then she called drinking friends to her home.