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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Issa haiku


draining the rice field--
a fish also
heads home


- Issa 1793

.落し水魚も古郷へもどる哉
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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