anata makase makase zo toshi wa inu mo tori
trust, trust in Buddha!
you're a year older too
The season word in this haiku, toshitori, ("growing old") relates to the year's ending; in the traditional Japanese system for counting age, everyone gains a year on New Year's Day. Here, Issa advises the dog to trust, as he does, in the saving power of Amida Buddha while they both move one step closer to death.