Basho’s “The tail tapers off”

  
My Translation
As the wind blows
The tail tapers off—
Of the dog cherry blossoms
Original Japanese
風吹けば尾細うなるや犬桜
Pronunciation
Kaze fuke-ba
Obosou-naru ya
Inu-zakura
Literal
Wind blows as/when
[Dog’s] tail/end tapers/dainty becomes
Dog cherry blossom [type of cherry blossom]
The dog cherry blossom is a type of cherry with small white blossoms. This haiku plays with the name of the “dog cherry blossom” by calling the branches its “tail.”

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