Friday, December 14, 2007


一茶 1803年
tsuwamono ga ashi no ato ari keshi no hana

David's English and comment
in the footprints
of the warrior...

Issa, 1803 age 41 live in Edo.
He had journeyed around the northern district of Edo, getting acquaintance with Akimoto,
his biggest sponsor as well as best haiku friend.
At this time he was leaving from old Haiku sect that has come
from Basho.

The warrior is Basho himself or Basho’s famous haiku "summer grasses.../ all the remains/ of warriors・dreams."

If so, the footprint is Basho’s evidence that shows Basho has come here. The evidence is a monument stone that is carved with the above “summer grasses…”
There were many such stones in near Edo.

Why poppy is picked up instead of “summer grasses”
The flower is a drug so that it brings instant happiness of dream.

sakuo renku
芭蕉の句碑や 夢の魔の花
bashyo n kuhi ya yume no ma no hana

Bashou’s monument and
dreamy drug flowers

sakuo’ English
the warrior’s
footprint is there


J. Andrew Lockhart said...

poppies and warriors - perfect.

John McDonald said...

sakuo san I should like to wish you and your family a joyous Christmas and a peaceful new year

Unknown said...

Andrew san and John san,
Thank you for your comment.
I wish you and your family,,,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!