H3105 – Haiku by Issa – The bitter part …
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase
The bitter part
eaten by the mother
mountain persimmon 
haha ga kui keri
yama no kaki
One end of the persimmon is sweet, the other bitter. The mother gives the sweet end to the child and herself consumes the astringent remains. The self-sacrifice of mothers.
R. H. Blyth suggests the two translation:
The mother eating
The bitter parts. 
The mother is eating
The astringent parts. 
 Translation by Timothy L. Jackowski, Takase Studios, LLC.
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