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Friday, April 04, 2014

Issa Haiku

in heat shimmers
the holy man's
bare feet

Issa - 1804

kagerô ni yoshi aru hito no suashi kana

The subject of the haiku is a "good person" (yoshi aru hito); I think that by this Issa might mean a Buddhist arhat. "Heat shimmers" are the wavy bends in the air that one sometimes sees in the distance on a warm day--a phenomenon associated with springtime in Japan.

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