Monday, 14 December 2009
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Some poems of the poetess Chiyojo (1703-1775) selected and translated into English by Daniel C. Buchanan in his book "One Hundred Famous Haiku" (1973),

Dragonfly catcher,
How far have you gone today
In your wandering?

This poem was composed after her only son died, who was fond of hunting dragonflies.

Bearing no flowers,
I am free to toss madly
Like the willow tree.

The poetess states that since she has no "flowers' (both husband and child being dead), she has nothing to attract people and like a willow can be freely tossed about by every wind.

Note: Chiyojo's definitely someone who'll catch my eye. Love the story between the three lines.


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