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Sunday, June 14, 2009

summer cicada

Issa 一茶 1814

夏の蝉なくが此世の栄よう哉

natsu no semi naku ga kono yo no eiyo^ kana

David’s English

the chirring of summer cicadas
their gift
to this world

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by Issa, 1814

Shinji Ogawa's paraphrase guided my translation: "For the summer cicadas the chirring is their great accomplishment in this world." I wonder if Issa might be alluding to his own "chirring" as a poet--his own accomplishment or gift? http://cat.xula.edu/issa/

sakuo haiga


April Issa married with a young bride.

She said, “You are only doing haiku all day long”

Issa replied.



summer cicada

6 comments:

Gillena Cox said...

Issa's ear is tuned to the appreciation things outside of daily routine chores in; as any good haijin should

John McDonald said...

lovely sentiments sakuo san
john

bandit said...

Oh, my!
My bride said the same thing.
now I am embarrassed!

sakuo said...

Gillena san,
Thank you for your warm and kind comment,
If Issa would be here, he is very pleased much.

sakuo.

sakuo said...

John san,
I am very pleased to get your understanding Issa's sentiment.

sakuo.

sakuo said...

Dear bandit san,
This is very popular happening through the past and the present all over the world.
Thank you for sharing.

sakuo