So there’s this haiku by Buson:
like a bagworm I’m all right first winter rain
Another pretty good poet, Bashō, had written this:
first winter rain the monkey too wants a little raincoat
And Kikaku, Bashō’s disciple, wrote this:
donning a raincoat this heron advances evening winter rain
What all three of these haiku have in common is the central image of the traveler out of doors in late autumn or early winter, with the first, cold rain of the season starting to fall. Raincoats at the time were not much — bunches of straw woven together to hold off the rain.
But the image, in all three cases, equates the man in the straw raincoat with the animal.
Basho — macaque:
Kikaku — heron:
Buson — bagworm:
I’ll be sharing more of Buson’s haiku on Instagram: @turnipdiary. See you there!