yuki-atari-battari-batari uchiwa kana
they flap and flap...
by Issa, 1816
A difficult haiku to translate. Yuki-atari-battari signifies "haphazard" or "happy-go-lucky." I picture a scene of several people, fanning themselves on a warm summer day with all sorts of different speeds and rhythms.
A priest come to pray for Issa's son who died only after 27 days.
Issa is losing his soul, hearing the sutra.