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imo ga ko wa ho mugi no kaze ni futori keri
in the barley field wind...
Mugi is a generic term that refers to several grains: wheat, barley, oats, and rye. The phrase, imo ga ko ("sister's child") means, in literary usage, "my wife's child," ergo, "my child" (Shinji Ogawa).
Issa wrote this haiku in Third Month, 1816. At the time, his wife was in her eighth month of pregnancy with their first child, Sentarô. The poet might be fantasizing hopefully about the future. Sadly, Sentarô would not grow nicely healthy and plump; he died a month after birth.
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