arare chire kukurimakura wo ou kodomo
霰ちれ くくり枕を 負ふ子ども
with pillow on his head
by Issa, 1813
The child has invented a clever way to defy the weather.The pillow in question, kukurimakura, is stuffed with cotton or buckwheat chaff and tied at both ends; Kogo dai jiten (Shogakukan 1983) 491. The child is young and, most likely, poor, but nevertheless demonstrates his human birthright of creativity--to Issa's applause.
Hurry back boy ! a baby on your back is cold.