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Friday, November 07, 2014

Issa Haiku

summer kimono--
the rain kindly
washes it


.帷を雨が洗つてくれにけり
katabira wo ame ga aratte kure ni keri

Issa - 1815

The light summer garment in question is made of hemp:katabira. In this archive, I translate both katabira andawase as "summer kimono." In this haiku, Issa is most likely wearing the kimono while the rain "kindly" washes it.
http://haikuguy.com/issa/
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1 comment:

Sheila Murphy said...

love this