Wednesday, April 25, 2007

water mill

sakuo sketched at R-Lauer Slaughter in England.

sakuo pictured at a park in Tokyo.

David's English
mountain village--
pure water
husks the rice

yama-zato wa kome wo tsukasuru shimizu kana

by Issa, 1823
A mountain stream powers a rice-pounding mill.

sakuo renku
kokon touzai suisya kawarazu

All ages and countries
water mill doesn’t change

Monday, April 23, 2007

cleaning wells

by Issa, 1822

David comment
Issa refers to the summer custom of draining and cleaning wells. In this haiku, the well has been drained, so there's no water to reflect the moon. Shinji Ogawa explains that suppari kawaku means "being dried completely."

sakuo renku
ご苦労さんと ぼた餅が出る
gokurou san to botamoti ga deru

thanks so much
here is sweet rice cake

Sunday, April 22, 2007

melancholy rape flowers

Other haiku in 1816 on rape flower

little rape flowers
what devil
plucked so many?

in the middle
of flowering rape
Mount Asama's smoke

sakuo renku

going over Mt, Asama
spring dusk

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Mount Asama

by Issa, 1816

David’s comment
Mount Asama is a volcano in Issa's home province of Shinano, active during the poet's lifetime. The eruption of 1783, when Issa was twenty-one years old and living in Edo (today's Tokyo), killed 1,151 people.

sakuo renku
yasasi keredo mo higeki wasurezu

even it’s tender but
couldn’t forget tragedy

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

moon watcher

David English
a sight to see!
from a hole in the wall
autumn moon

名所や壁の穴より秋の月     一茶
nadokoro ya kabe no ana yori aki no tsuki

by Issa, 1825

sakuo renku
tukimi no kyaku ya ume ni arawaru

moon watchers
appearing in my dream

Monday, April 16, 2007

Santoka in Amarfi

sakuo renku
ware mitaki haru amarufi no haru

I wish to see spring
the spring of Amarfi

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Priest Daushin, Issa

1823, Age 61
On Fifth Month, his wife, Kiku, dies. His third son was at 14 months
He was took care by not Issa’s home but other’s home.
How Issa was in anxiety about him.
[winter rain]that is Kigo falls in early winter.

Who is priest Daushin?
Daushin-bou means priest who became Budha’s student on his half way of whole life.
I think Daushin-bou is Issa himself, because till the time he lost three children and wife. For the sake of praying for the souls of the dead, he made temple named Haikai-Ji
Where was he going?
He was going in a hurry to his son who was under care of the other’s.

sakuo renku.
tabi no fuzai wo yuruse wagako yo

forgive me my son
my absent of travel

Friday, April 13, 2007

Corrcting the former posting, Yuki is not peony

This ku
was made in 1824, at the time Issa was 62 years old.
He married on Fifth month and on Eight month divorced.
Only three months he lived with Yuki, new bride.
Peony is summer Kigo.
At the summer Issa had no interest in Yuki,expecting divorce.
So Yuki was not his lovely peony.

I change my picture and renku too.

sakuo renku
uti to tigatssute Hana ha kirei da

different from my home
the flower is beautiful

Thursday, April 12, 2007

let's sing and dance!!

David’s English
my oh my
what a radiant face...

temo satemo temo fukuso^ no botan kana

1823 age 62,
Fifth Month marries with Kuki and Eighth month divoce.
After the first wife die, he had been longing to marry.
Peony is summer’s Kigo.
I presume the peony in this ku would be Kuki.

sakuo renku
utae odore ya hitorimi saraba

let’s sing and dance!
good-by single life

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

old staple theme

David’s English
beach plovers
raise a ruckus...
the dog runs away

ura chidori naki taterarete inu nigeru

by Issa, 1825

sakuo renku

From old time, there are many poets who made poems on plovers.
Issa would feel to be chased by those poets like as the dog

teiban no kidai ni mairu Issa kana

Issa overwhelmed
by old staple theme

Saturday, April 07, 2007

prefer peach to plum on the face

David’s English
on the homecoming servant's
face too...
peach blossoms

yabuiri no kao ni mo tsuke yo momo no hana

by Issa 1808, Age 44 years old,
David sensei said that In an earlier version of this haiku, dated 1808, Issa ends with ume no hana ("plum blossoms").

I wish , if possible, to ask Issa “why did you change plum blossom to peach blossom?

Issa often visit Nagareyama where he had a great sponsor who reserved a room for Issa with room maid named Oume , Plum blossom.
Book writer, Akira Itoho often said Oume was Issa’s lover.

Issa would like prefer peach to plum on servant’s face.

sakuo renku
ume yori momo ga kozouni niau

for the cheek of boys
better peach than plum

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

my haiku journey

David’s English
moon in the autumn dawn--
nearing month's end
lantern in the eaves

ariake ya misoka ni chikaki noki andon

by Issa, 1827
Age 65
Sixth Month, 1st day, a fire sweeps through Kashiwabara village, destroying Issa's house. Ninth Month, he moves into a grain barn on his property that survived the fire. Eleventh Month, 19th day, he dies of a stroke. Equivalent Western date: January 5, 1828.
one dies out
two die out
lanterns for the dead

sakuo renku
haiku no tabiji owari tikaduku

my haiku journey
nearing at the end