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Friday, June 19, 2009

fish frolicking

Issa 一茶 1804 age 42

魚どもの遊びありくや菊の花

uodomo no asobi ariku ya kiku no hana

David’s English

fish frolicking
on foot...
chrysanthemums

Ariku, I assume, is a variant of aruku, "to walk." Issa presents the strange image of fish, left over from a flood, wriggling among the chrysanthemums. This is the first of two haiku in a row written about a flood at Nagareyama village in Shimosa Province. The second one is as follows: yu^zuki ya nagare nokori no kirigirisu evening moon-- surviving the flood a katydid Issa entered Nagareyama on the 27th day of Eighth Month, 1804, amid rainy weather. He wrote both of the haiku on the 2nd day of Ninth Month.

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sakuo haiga


haiku haiga sakuo

4 comments:

Gillena Cox said...

enjoyed the wit and the animation

much love
gillena

sakuo said...

arigato Gillena san,
I am very glade to have your kind comment.

sakuo.

John McDonald said...

delightful one sakuo san
john

sakuo said...

John san,
arigatou gozaimasu.

Thank you so much.

sakuo.