my beloved cherry tree, by Issa

my beloved cherry tree
cooked too . . .
making charcoal

Issa, 1826
David G. Lanoue, translation

chikazuki no sakura mo sumi ni yakare keri

Charcoal is being made in a kiln. In this case, the wood includes a beloved cherry tree. Issa refers to the tree as chikazuki: a word that denotes an intimate, friendly relationship; Kogo dai jiten (Shogakukan 1983) 1040. – David G. Lanoue

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