大年の法然院に笹子ゐる 森 澄雄
oôtoshi no hônenin ni sasago iru
on New Year’s Eve
a baby bush warbler
from “Nihon Dai-Saijiki” (“Japanese Comprehensive Saijiki”) , edited by Shuoshi Mizuhara, Shuson Kato and Kenkichi Yamamoto, published by Kodansha, Tokyo, Japan, 1981
Fay’s Note: Sumio Mor (1919-2010) ‘sasago’ (literary translation ‘bamboo grass child’) is a winter kigo. It was believed that a baby bush warbler had to practice in the winter and made a weak, feeble sound under bamboo grass.