Haiku of Kobayashi Issa

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tombô no ito mo nichi-nichi furubi keri

the dragonfly's tail, too
day by day
grows old

I interpret ito ("thread") to mean the dragonfly's tail, in light of a later haiku (1820) in which a dragonfly is dragging its ito (ito hikizutte), presumably on the surface of water.

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