the well digger
comes out into the floating world—
the heat! (c) Yokoi Yayū
cool water evaporates
from the dark depths of the source Kim M. Russell, 2017
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Today we have a haiku by Yokoi Yayu (1702-1783), a samurai poet and also the poet who developed the haibun, which was started by Basho. To make the Tan Renga complete, we add our second (two-lined) stanza through association on the scene in the ‘hokku’.