Haiku by Buson


— 蕪村

Early summer rain
Two houses facing
the great river

— Buson


五月雨 (although it looks like “gogatsu ame,” or “May rain,” it is actually a word pronounced samidare , さみだれ) — both of my dictionaries translate it exactly the same way: “early summer rain.” So I’m guessing it doesn’t have to refer specifically to May as long as the rain is falling somewhere then-about. Alternately, the poem could begin, “Rainy day in May” or “May showers” or “Rain in early summer” or any number of ways, really — but that’s translation for you; pick one and go with it.


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