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asu mo asu onaji yûbe ya hitori kaya

tomorrow night and the next
the same...
in my mosquito net, alone

Though the editors of Issa zenshû don't list it as such, this haiku is a variant of one written in 1809. The only difference is that the original haiku has the particle ka instead of ya, making the opening phrase a question: "tomorrow night and the next the same?" (Nagano: Shinano Mainichi Shimbunsha, 1976-79) 1.305-6.

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