Saturday, August 06, 2005

Coming Master!

David English
with the samisen's
    plectrum sweeping up...
     hailstones 1821

-Issa, 1821
59 years old. on January his second son died on his mother's back. On April his wife got sick of gout .

samisen no bachi de haki yaru arare kana

David Comment
A samisen is a long-necked, three-stringed banjo-like instrument, plucked with a plectrum. Here, someone is finding a new use for the latter.

sakuo image
A woman was waiting for her lover.
She had idle moment with playing samisen,
He didn't come, and hailstones come.
Then she swept them with plectrum

Servant suddenly said, Master is coming !

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