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Gloomy Morning

By Fiercebuddhist @fiercebuddhist

mimicking me awakening
cloudy sky

The below haiku from Issa was my inspiration. Plus I really do not want to start the day.



mimicking me striking fire
croaking frog

ariake ya hi wo utsu mane wo naku kawazu


by Issa, 1819

This haiku is difficult to picture and, therefore, to translate. My best guess is that Issa is starting a fire at dawn. Every time he hits a “fire chip” (tsukegi-tsuki)–a chip of cypress wood coated with sulphur–a nearby frog answers with a croak.

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