Issa 一茶 1824 age 62
kado-gado ni aoshi kaiko no kuso no yama
at gate after gate
of silkworm poop
People have dumped out little "mountains" of silkworm waste. According to Bridget Dole, silkworm droppings are "blackish green." About this curious haiku, she speculates, "Maybe when [the silkworms] are in the cocoons, everyone cleans out the rearing trays at the same time. The size of one's 'mountains' would be an indication of success." http://cat.xula.edu/issa/
Eighth month, Issa divorced after three month marriage.
While he was suffered by stroke.
mayu wo tsukirazu waga iho suteru
without bearing cocoon
giving up my hut