A few weeks ago it sprouted crimson, then buds grew day after day in the sun – the peony below…
to a foolish question
thinking over the right answer:
Do tortoises cry? The saijiki almanac says that, although in truth they don’t, Tame-ie (1198-1275) compelled it to do so in one of his waka. The ‘tortoise cries’ kigo implies spring calm.