neko naku ya naka nagaruru sumida-gawa
cats' love calls--
between them flows
by Issa, 1812
Shinji Ogawa helped me to visualize what is happening in this haiku: two cats ready for lovemaking separated by the wide river. Following almost immediately in Issa's journal is this verse: edo neko no awatadashisa yo sumida-gawa the Edo cat in a frenzy... Sumida River
Sumida River is wide, like as Thames, Moscow and Hudson,
Love call can’t reach at other bank.