Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Little Creatures - Mud Snails - January 11, 2015

Tanishi (or mud-snail)

across country roads
tiny mud snails migrate
spring rains

April showers
broken shells along the road
mud snails

the farmer ponders
mayonnaise or garlic sauce

© G.s.k. ‘15 

And it was not only I who thought of those poor snails becoming dinner: 

hiroinokosu tanishi ni tsuki no yûbe kana

a few remain uncaught
under the evening moon

© Yosa Buson

And here is one by Matsuo Basho which he wrote at the age of 39:

sode yogosuran tanishi no ama no hima o nami 

with dirty sleeves
farmers-turned-fishermen pick up mud snails 
ever so busy

© Matsuo Basho (at the age of 39)


  1. The April showers was very nice - good series

  2. Love the little migrating snails -- but -- um -- neither garlic nor mayo for me, please ;)

  3. Love the little migrating snails, but, um, neither mayo nor garlic for me, please!


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