Wednesday, August 30, 2006

take it out on Buddha

1822 60 years old.

susutake [ya] hotoke no kao mo hito naguri

David’s English&comment

bamboo soot broom--
Buddha's face too
gets a smack

Issa is referring to a statue of Buddha. Shinji Ogawa notes that susutake denotes "a bamboo broom for dusting." More specifically, it is a thin bamboo used for soot-sweeping; Kogo dai jiten (Shogakukan 1983

sakuo’s Renku & comment
1816 first son dies.
1819 Sato dies.
1821 second son dies

takara torare te hotoke ni ataru

being robbed of his treasures
take it out on Buddha
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