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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Issa haiku

spring rain-- 
ducks waddle-waddle 
to the gate 


harusame ya ahiru yochi-yochi kado aruki 

Why are the ducks congregating at the gate to a house? Is it Issa's house and gate, and do the ducks expect to be fed there? Or are they just waddling about happily under the spring rain? Issa presents the essential image; it's up to the reader to contemplate and enjoy it. 


Issa's storehouse

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