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tori naku ya toshiyori made mo koi koi to

the baby bird chirping
even to the old man
"Come! Come!"

The editors of Issa zenshû classify this haiku seasonally as one of "baby birds singing" (yobu ko tori); (Nagano: Shinano Mainichi Shimbunsha, 1976-79) 1.127. In one of three versions of this haiku written in 1824, Issa uses the phrase "baby bird," though in this one he just refers to "the bird" or "birds" (tori).

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