yu^jome ga mite kekkaru zo atsui fune
are looking me over...
from their boat in the heat
by Issa, 1817
Or: "the whore is/ looking me over.../from her boat in the heat." Jean Cholley explains that prostitutes operated on boats on the west bank of Sumida River in Edo (today's Tokyo).
And evidently, Issa was looking *them* over. That's how I would read this poem- humorously. It seems that you've captured that in your illustration.
Dear upinVermont san,
I am very glade to have your kind comment that encourage me much.
Because this ku is very difficult to feel the Issa's image.
Thank you for sharing.
...and in seeing this fine painting, one might think that (in fact,) there was some 'bartering' taking place.
Thank you Magyar san for your deep observation and adding nice phrase.
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