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Nagata Koi

Cherry blossoms ~
ploughing near the paddy field
all their stamens in full view

Snails mating
piercing each other's flesh

A firefly
another firefly, dead

Plum tree's red flowers ~
a ball of air
comes out of a box

Having caught only water
the winter weever fishing man
goes home empty-handed

A swallow rises ~
my bowels
grow old first

The highest
is this large butterfly
with sleepy wings

Death is coming
some laugh under the plum trees
very loudly

In this world of dreams
I grow onions ~


Translation: Gilles Fabre

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