the first chill of winter steals
the fire is lit
let us watch the frost on the turning leaves
the bowl turns
this round bowl
the hiragana is “gotchisosama deshita”, a common expression after a meal indicating gratitude.
the original haiku, and this piece
are response to the first frost of winter (the kigo), sometimes (often?) the cause of a viewing (another kigo), and its cha-no-yu, or cha-dou, tea ceremony (at least, in an earlier day, and amongst a more wealthy class who could afford to enjoy such fineries as poetry and tea.) the warmth, the sharing of tea in a round bowl, and a transient moment of beauty, such is companionship and the circle of friendship, the true subject.