Thursday, November 01, 2007

gums for grinders

一茶 1813年
surikogi no yo^na haguki mo hana no haru

David’s English
with gums for grinders
greeting the blossoming

by Issa, 1813

Literally, his gums are "like pestles" (surikogi no yo^na). Though he may be missing teeth, Issa greets the new year, new spring with excitement.

sakuo paint

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