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Thursday, August 07, 2008

outdoing the cormorant

一茶 1819年
鵜の真似は鵜より上手な子供哉
u no mane wa u yori jyo^zu-na kodomo kana

David’s English
outdoing the cormorant
with a fine imitation...
a child
by Issa, 1819
Japanese fishermen use cormorants. Tied to a tether, these sea birds dive for fish that they are forced to disgorge.
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sakuo haiga
As the cormorant do, poor street boy ask money from walker
but his money is robbed by his parent.

4 comments:

Pris said...

Thank you so much! YOur explanation of how the bird is used, made this haiku make sense. I love your art, as usual. Excellent!

shanna said...

this speaks to me so much Sakuo san
aloha
shanna

sakuo said...

Pris san,
I am very glad to hear your comment.
I appreciate your kindness.

sakuo.

sakuo said...

Shanna san, I am very thankful for your deep understanding.

sakuo