Basho’s “The icy sound of the monks’ clogs”

Water-Drawing Ceremony
And the icy sound
Of the monks’ clogs
水取りや氷の僧の沓の音
Mizu-tori ya
Kouri no sou no
Kutsu no oto
Literal
Water take/draw
Ice ’s monk ’s
Clog/shoe ’s sound
Water draw = Water Drawing Ceremony, around March. The character for water () is reinforced as an element of ice () and clogs() while the element for day () is repeated in monk (), clogs (), and sound (). Kouri and sou also share a long “ou” sound.


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