Thursday, April 30, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
samushiro ya ichi mon hashi mo kiri no tatsu
little straw mat--
even on a one-penny bridge
Who is sitting on the little straw mat? I picture the toll collector.
In my case a beggar is sitting on the mat beside bridge on which
toll collector is keeping the bridge from outlaw.
Friday, April 17, 2009
kakusigoto oyako nimo ari asakuramoti
Lee & Emiko’s English
secrets come between
even mothers and daughters—
cherry blossom cakes
Seasonal word: cherry blossom cake ( spring)
Note: Cherry blossom cake is a cake wrapped in a salted cherry leaf; it is
a specialty of the spring season. It is usually pale pink like cherry
blossoms and its cherry leaf flavor is favored by many peoples.
On last year he divorced, he suffers a stroke ,lost his power of speech for a while.
kako no yakusoku ka yo sode ni neru ko cho^
a previous life's bond?
on my sleeve, asleep
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
hataraite tsukurishi hanamigoromo kana
Lee and Emiko’s English
fruit of my labor:
this cherry blossom viewing
Seasonal word: cherry blossom viewing (spring)
Note: Usually the husband buys kimono for his wife, but Masajo
earned her kimono for cherry blossom viewing by working in her pub.
Cherry blossom viewing kimonos are usually very fancy and expensive,
and can cost one million yen( about $10,000) or more. Masajo shows her pride.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
After he divorced,
he was stricken with paralysis.
He rode on palanquin, visiting his students.
kusabara ya cho^chin yuku ni mushi sudaku
insects crowd 'round
the paper lantern
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Issa 一茶 1819
giri no aru ko wo yobaru ka yo yu^ suzume
are you calling
for your devoted child?
. by Issa, 1819
[ぎりのある子 giri no aru ko] means step child.
Issa’s mother who was a step mother. She was calling him.
How did it sound? It depends on your sensibility.