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kitto shita yado mo naku[te] yû tsubame

no definite place
to spend the night...
evening swallow

Or: "evening swallows." French translator Jean Cholley chooses the plural, arondes; En village de miséreux: Choix de poèmes de Kobayashi Issa (Paris: Gallimard, 1996) 135.

I prefer to picture a single swallow making its way across the evening sky: a lone traveler, like Issa.

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