Enjoying Kyoka in English: Nanpo Ota-8
世の中に 蚊ほど煩(ｳﾙ)さき ものはなし 文武文武(ﾌﾞﾝﾌﾞﾌﾞﾝﾌﾞ)と 夜も寝られず
In this world, nothing is more annoying than mosquitoes buzzing.
I cannot sleep at night, as ‘pen and sword’* they are humming.
* sounds ‘bunbu’, or literary and military arts in Japanese
Note: Kyoka is stirical, ironical or comical short Japanse poem, derived from Tanka, composed of 31 sylables, with a pattern of 5-7-5-7-7 sounds.
By Kota Nakako