tsuwamono ga ashi no ato ari keshi no hana
David's English and comment
in the footprints
of the warrior...
Issa, 1803 age 41 live in Edo.
He had journeyed around the northern district of Edo, getting acquaintance with Akimoto,
his biggest sponsor as well as best haiku friend.
At this time he was leaving from old Haiku sect that has come
The warrior is Basho himself or Basho’s famous haiku "summer grasses.../ all the remains/ of warriors・dreams."
If so, the footprint is Basho’s evidence that shows Basho has come here. The evidence is a monument stone that is carved with the above “summer grasses…”
There were many such stones in near Edo.
Why poppy is picked up instead of “summer grasses”
The flower is a drug so that it brings instant happiness of dream.
bashyo n kuhi ya yume no ma no hana
Bashou’s monument and
dreamy drug flowers
footprint is there