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mi hitotsu wo hita to ku ni naru atsusa kana

making my life
a total pain...
summer heat

The expression hita to could mean, in Issa's time, shika ni: "definitely"; Kogo dai jiten (Shogakukan 1983) 1391. Literally, his life is "definitely" (hita to) "made troublesome" (ku ni naru).

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