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Friday, August 15, 2008

bamboo shoot

一茶 1819年
筍と品よくあそべ雀の子
takenoko to shinayoku asobe suzume no ko

David’s English
bamboo shoots, baby sparrows
play together
gently!

by Issa, 1819
Issa's word, shinayoku, seems to be a variant of shinayaka: graceful, elegant, delicate. In his haiku, he tells the baby bamboo and baby sparrows to play together delicately, gracefully.
#visit http://cat.xula.edu/issa/

sakuo haiga
Why did Issa order baby sparrows to play gently?
Because a bamboo baby was his beloved daughter.

2 comments:

PATRICIJA said...

really very gently....I love birds

sakuo said...

Thank you Patricija san for your coming here.
I visited your Slovakiya sit that is full of beauties.

sakuo.