Saturday, March 31, 2007

back light

David’s English
wisteria trellis--
behind it, in the light

fuji-dana ya ushiro akari no kusa no hana

by Issa, 1809
age 47, staying in Edo.

sakuo reasoning
Key is 後ろ明り the back light, that imply Buddha existing.
Buddha light up everything, wisteria as well as wild flowers

sakuo renku
koko nimo kiteiru hotoke no megumi

Buddha's favoring
has come even here

Friday, March 30, 2007

big chrysanthemum

David’s English
in the cloudburst
chin up, back straight...

yu^dachi ya shan to tatteru kiku no hana

by Issa, 1825
Last year married second time, but divorced only after two month.
being paralyzed, carried by palanquin

sakuo renku
Issa’s haiku about his first wife named Kiku(chyisantheumus)
big chrysanthemum—
a never-say-die

maketa to iwanu kiku omoi dasu
remember Kiku
never say die

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

new summer robe

David’s English
this day perhaps
even I'll do it...
new summer robe

kyo^ no hi ya kaete mo yahari kokegoromo

by Issa, 1813
Age 51
Second Month, he is living in Kashiwabara in a rented house. In autumn, his inheritance dispute finally settled, he moves into his family home.
Next year he will marry

sakuo renku
no koe yama koe kyou mo gyouhai

over field and mountain
today too professional poet
David’s comment
Issa uses the unusual expression kokegoromo ("moss clothing") to signify a summer garment.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

wooden clogs

David’s English
in my wooden clogs
raising a racket!
winter moon

ware hakeba oto seru geta zo fuyu no tsuki

by Issa, 1816
Age 54 married.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

spring sandals

Issa, 1808
age 46, living in Edo,

sakuo renku
najimi atumari kukai hajimaru

regular members gather
haiku meeting begin

Friday, March 23, 2007

the poet spot

David’s English
the nightingale from the mountain, too
a third-class guest

yamazaki ya yama uguisu mo gege no kyaku

by Issa, 1814
Age 52, on April married.

Sakuo renku
Yamazaki is the name of place where is near Kyoto, the Capital in Issa’s time. The place has been important for transportation as well as beautiful sight.
So it has been written in many poems by famous poets who were Otoba-jyoukou, Fujihara-Teika and Arihara-Narihira.

Mountain nightingale is Issa himself.

上皇定家 業平も居り
Jyokou Teika Narihira mo ori

Jyokou Teika
and Narihira are there

Thursday, March 22, 2007

come on my descendants

David’s English
making love
in the withered fields...

kare-gare no nobe ni koi suru inago kana

by Issa, 1810
Age 48Negotiations over his inheritance take place.

sakuo renku
人生末期 早く子種を
jinnsei maltsuki hayaku kodane wo

my life approaching to the last
come on my descendants

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

muddy New Year!

David's English
muddy clogs
at the gates...
must be spring!

kado-gado no geta no doro yori haru tachinu

by Issa, 1810 age 48.
On this New year, Issa stay in Edo.

sakuo renku

yukiniti aruki nenga no aisatu

walking on snow road
greeting Happy New year

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

action film of spring

David’s English
through heat shimmers
the murmuring

kagero^ ni sara-sara ame no kakari keri

by Issa, 1807

sakuo renku
taiyou to kumo no haru no katsugeki

the sun and cloud
the action film of spring

Monday, March 19, 2007

single New Year

David’s English
cheering the year's
first sky...
even sparrows!


hatsu-zora wo hayashi koso sure suzume made

by Issa, 1817
At the end of before year , leaving his wife at home village,
being ill in bed, he stayed over at Sairin-temple.
On new years day he visited his best friend in Hongyou-temple.

sakuo renku
kokoro ha samuki hitori syougatu

heart is cold
single New Year

Sunday, March 18, 2007

great perspective

David’s English
the distant mountain
reflected in his eyes...

to^yama ga medama ni utsuru tonbo kana

by Issa, 1820

sakuo renku
tonbo miru itsusa mata miru enkinhou

looking dragon
Issa whom I see
in perspective

Thursday, March 15, 2007

pilgrimage's child

David’s English
rescuing a fish scooped up
with a little sedge hat

ukikusa ya uo sukuutaru ko suge-gasa

by Issa year unknown.

1, duckweed is floating weed that has no settled place.
2, a fish scooping is childish play.
3, little sedge hat should be wore by child, because of being little.

!! Jumping
1, no settled place is beggar who is similar to pilgrimage.
2 a little sedge hat is pilgrimage’s child.
3, not adult but child could scoop fish with hat.

sakuo renku

pilgrimage’s child
forgetting himself with fish

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Old and Youth !!

David’s English
where piss dribbles,
dribbles down...

sho^ben no tara-tara dare ya kakitsubata

by Issa,
1818, Age 56 Fifth Month, 4th day, a daughter, Sato, is born. On 1814, age 54 married.

sakuo renku
oito wakasa no natu no kyouen
老いと若さの 夏の競演

Old and youth
Summer contest

To visit piss dribbles,

Sunday, March 11, 2007

red dog and Irises

By Issa,1813, Age 51
Second Month, he is living in Kashiwabara in a rented house. In autumn, his inheritance dispute finally settled, he moves into his family home.
This ku conveys the peace mood on May. He has been in really peaceful mind.


Friday, March 09, 2007

Noble Heike and octopus

Basho Original
tako tubo ya hakanaki yume wo natu no tuki

an octopus pot ---
inside, a short-lived dream
under the summer moon

By Basho 1688, 45 years old, read this ku at Suma of Seto nai kai (inland sea) where noble Heike and his family die jumping to the sea. Basho was reminding the fact.

sakuo renku
Heike mo tako mo onaji yume miru

Noble Heike and octopus
dream same dream.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Basho's Haiku

[Everyday Issa] has been not delivered from Dr.David, so today I pick up Basho sensei.

Basho original 1684
道のべの むくげは馬に くわれけり
miti nobe no mukuge wa uma ni kuware keri

English translated by Barnhill
roadside rose of
sharon devoured
by my horse

sakuo renku

the flower look after
departure morning