A writing stand,
paper, the moon…
Riches — in Sue’s mind because set up to write poems. —
Aha, but will you catch the fishes (words) or not? — says Chiyo.
This imagery of fishes standing for words, especially fishes (words) that will not be caught (found) occurs in Buddhist literature and in Chinese poetry*
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With Liquid Voice Unendingly
by Kago-no Chiyo-ni and Sue Jo.
Translated by Lenore Mayhew and William McNaughton in Modern Haiku, XIV:2, 1983.