March 26, 1901 (Meiji 34)
Sachio brought three carp and put them in a basin next to my sickbed. He said, You’re sick and shut inside and don’t know it’s spring out there in the world, so I’m letting these carp out in the water here and you’ll see how they say it is in the old poem, “earth brimming with fresh snow melt.” He said it all excited. But even though I thought about writing a haiku, nothing came. Anyhow, I worked it over in my mind and finally I made it to ten. They may number ten but they aren’t really ten haiku, just trying to put one thought ten ways.

spring water in a large low bowl the carps’ gills

in the bowl narrow carps’ spines show water in spring