Wednesday, June 04, 2008

a glimpas of moon

小林 一茶 1807年47歳
tama ni kita furusato no tsuki wa kumori keri

David’s English
a glimpse of moon
over my home village...
then clouds

by Issa, 1807

Issa's gloomy feeling about his native village derives from the fact that his fellow villagers did not support him in his inheritance dispute with his stepmother and half-brother--a long, drawn-out battle that was in full swing when he wrote this haiku. This haiku was written during a visit to the poet's home village in 1807: his first visit there since his father's death in 1801.

sakuo haiga


Pris said...

Beautifully rendered! Your story behind this haiku makes both the haiku and the image fill with even more richness. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Thank you Pris san for your kind comment.
You give me always fresh advices.