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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Issa haiku

draining the rice field--
a fish also
heads home

- Issa 1793

oto[shi] mizu uo mo kokyô e modoru kana

In autumn when the rice is ready for harvest, farmers break the dikes that have kept the fields flooded. In this charming haiku Issa muses that the fish, too, is returning to its "native village" (kokyô)--an excellent example of his portrayal of animal behavior in human terms.

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