Wednesday, August 06, 2008

just as you are

一茶 1821年
sore nari ni narubutsu itase ana no hebi

David’s English

just as you are
become Buddha!
snake in your hole

by Issa, 1821
Robin D. Gill assisted with this translation. Snakes entering their holes is an autumn season word. The editors of Issa zenshu^ speculate that by narubutsu Issa means jo^butsu (Nagano: Shinano Mainichi Shimbunsha, 1976-79, 1.535). Shinji Ogawa comments, "It may seem very odd, but inferring from this haiku, Issa might not know about the snake's hibernation. He regards, at least so it seems, the snakes that go back to their holes as if they are going into the graveyard to die."

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sakuo haiga
1821, Age 59, already lost two babies, and this year second son died.

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