yo naku mushi nanji haha ari chichi ari ya
insects chirp in the night--
what of your mothers?
by Issa, 1821
According to Shinji Ogawa, Issa is asking the insects a question in this haiku: "Do you have mothers and fathers?" Perhaps Issa is thinking of his own motherless and fatherless existence. http://cat.xula.edu/issa/
I am fatherless and motherless.