One Hundred Famous Haiku by Daniel Crump Buchanan

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Come! Come! Though 1 cal! The fireflies are quite heedless And go flitting by. An evening shower! Ingenious wits rn:lke use of Various headgear. '" tJ{ This is said to be Onitsura's first haiku, composed when he was eight. He later developed into a famous ~t. entered a Zen monastery, and lived to a great age. 78/ SUMMER iii Chie S:lm:lZarna no Kaburi-mono. -Otsuyil :$'t r. 1t \L~ tJ, ,1,ITt. ~ ~, ~ ~ "i i:, ~- '" "i '" The poet observes that if a sudden shower takes place when people are out in the open, they use all sons of articles to cover the~ heads while running for shelter.

It is recorded that towards eyening there came a thunderstorm and a great shower. U is an onomatopoeia for the bird's call. Since it is heard mostly at night. the bird is supposed to be a messenger from the vale of shadows. While dreaming that his dead mother was with him. the poet is awakened by the call of the cuckoo and chides the bird for sending his beloved parent away. The word" heartless" is not in the Japanese poem though strongly implied. Kikaka /75 Asagao ni Kyo wa miyutan Waga yo kana.

Through cracks in the window and wall, snow often drifted in and fell on the bedding and floor. y ~t Issa maintained his cheerful spirit. lfo 'li: {, fJ Ie wi Ie C (, {, G fi- n -c L- No rna yama rna Yuki ni torarete Nani mo nashi. -J6s6 Waga yuki to Omoeba, karoshi Kasa no ue. -Kikaku Both plains and mountains Have been captured by the snowThere is nothing left. When I think of it As my snow, how light it is On my bamboo hat. J6so, one of the ten special students of Basho, was a follower of Zen.

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