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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

trust

Issa 一茶 1813

あなた任せ任せぞとしは犬もとり
anata makase makase zo toshi wa inu mo tori

David’s English

trust, trust in Buddha!
you're a year older too
dog

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.
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sakuo haiga




trust

2 comments:

John McDonald said...

good one sakuo san
john

sakuo said...

Dear John san,
Thank you for sharing and placing comment

sakuo.