haiku friday

螇蚚を・あわれと放つ・掌を見たり

はたはたを・あわれとはなつ・てをみたり

Looking at a hand as it thoughtfully sets free a trapped grasshopper.

山口誓子・1933

Notes:

て means “hand” but the kanji 掌, usually read てのひら or たなごころ, refers specifically to the palm.

あわれと放つ is short for something like あわれと思って放つ, “feels pity (sympathy) and releases”.

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