Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Men absent, Let go pic nick

David English
mountain goblins
are out in droves...
cherry blossoms!

Age 63, before 2 years of his death. Last year he was stricken with paralysis.
Next year he will get married again.

Issa Original
天狗衆の留主のうち咲く山ざくら 一茶
tengushu no rusu [no] uchi saku yama-zakura

David Comment
Tengu are fierce-looking, red-faced, and long-nosed creatures. This haiku ends with "mountain cherry blossoms" (yama-zakura); in my translation, to balance the lines, I put "mountain" first.

sakuo remark
The men have gone, let us go to pick nick !

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