2 haiku out of 10000
sendô yo shôben muyô nami no tsuki
no pissing on the moon
in the waves!
heike-gani mukashi wa koko de tsukimi-bune
long ago they moon-gazed here
Crabs with special markings resembling faces of samurai are thought to be reincarnated heroes who died in a famous battle, recounted in the medieval Tale of the Heike. Issa muses that in olden times (mukashi), these crabs were men, enjoying moon parties on boats.