Haiku and the Pictograph in EL, "willows start" by Akihiro Kitano - March 2007 -

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This is an EL (Earth Language) experimental page to enjoy
the image of a haiku/short poem originally in English/Japanese.
When you can't see the Japanese parts, please don't mind and just skip those parts , or see here to view Japanese.

Mr. Akihiro Kitano in Hyogo, Japan recently gifted me with his beautiful new book:
"haiku collection The Forth Movement." He'll soon be 88 years old and is almost blind;
but has read this corner every month with magnifying glass to cheer me with comments.
Being an engineer, he has walked his life with writing haiku since 1942. Probably haiku has
given him energy to overcome his difficult times from glaucoma, losing his wife and bone fracture.
His grandson and daughter published this book, collecting a thousand haiku by the author,
Kitano's own selection. Kitano has also enjoyed singing in a choral group; and made this
book title as the forth movement of his life symphony.

His haiku images are like photos of moments showing constancy of beauty in his daily life.
For here, I picked the most seasonable one for March in his region of Japan.
In the pictograph, trees are going to sprout in their life-pulse.

兵庫県の北野晶裕さん『句集 第四楽章』をお贈りくださいました。






The original Japanese by Akihiro Kitano:


The English translation

willows start
shaking its branches
to sprout

The EL translation:

The symbols in the pictograph
: branch(枝), : sprout(芽), : heading to (向かう方向)
: tree (木), : life (いのち), : shaking(ゆれ)

The symbols in the EL translation
{dl classification bracket, tree}: to show the following symbol is a kind of tree related to its meaning (次の文字の意味を特徴とする木の名前を示すマーク)
{ water,edge, place}: waterside (水辺)
: willow
(But this is just a tentative idea now: scientific names would be studied later by specialists)(柳:まだ仮の設定です。)
: to form an e-verb: meaning that the subject lets the -headed person/thing into the condition shown by the following characters. (これに続く状態に以下のものをならせる意味の動詞を構成する動詞符)
{ moving, waving}: shaking, shake (vi. with #gd/ vt. with #ge)(ゆれ、震え)
{ thing, open}: starting, beginning (はじめ)
: (vt.) start shaking (the thing after -mark)(揺らしはじめる)
{ , plant}(a fundamental ideogram by the total shape): branch(es) (枝)

{ preposition mark, verb-mark, heading direction}
(working as a qualifier for the predicate): being to ... (〜するために、〜しようとして)
{ , plant}(by the total shape): sprout (芽) : sprout (vi.) (芽、動詞:芽立つ)
* I imagined the "willow/Yanagi" as the Japanese kind of tree here.
If imagining Willow called in California, the flower bud comes out earlier than the leaf.
In that case, you can use (start buds out) instead of .
葉の芽の代わりに蕾 を用いるとイメージしやすいかもしれません)

* 北野さんによると、六甲を源とする小川がお宅の前で小さな滝となり、その水辺にこの一本の柳があるそうです。

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