Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bottle Fish

Whereas the Bird in a Cage was anxious and agitated, this fish is apparently satisfied with its situation.

The title could suggest a fish in a bottle or a fish painted on a bottle.

molu-i nimaha [瓶魚],    Bottle Fish
Staatsbibliothek 11.46 (View Online)
ba na isheliyen,    Its realm is narrow,
daruhai,    but it is always
elehun,    content.
ula bira-i durun,    Like a river or stream,
5dehe aibide,    but where are the fish hooks?
asu seriken,    Nets are scarce,
ele mila mujilen.    and its mind is free and easy.

Translation Notes

molu-i nimaha. The word molu is apparently the same as malu, “liquor bottle.”

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