mocking the farmer
plowing, the strutting
hata uchi no mane shite aruku karasu kana
1814, Age 52
Fourth Month, 11th day, he marries
At first I think this is peaceful spring haiku.
But after ward I realize it is very severe poem.
Hata-uti (farm plowing) is Spring Kigo. It means newly farm work begins. Why the crow mocking and follow after the farmer? The crow need to find and pick up caterpillars, larvae and eggs. They need food for breeding their babies.
So the crow must up and down his head to catch their food.
Those poses are very similar to farm’s plowing action.
The bird can get easily find the insect from the ground that was just plowed by the farmer.
Issa is always severe to watch the nature including human