Crow or CROWS
#haiku scholars and fans often debate the use of #karasu in a famous #autumn #haiku by #Basho.
Kare eda ni / karasu no tomari keri / aki no kure
Bare / dry branch on / at
crow(s) connective on / of stop
autumn end of or autumn sunset
Personally I give more consideration as to whether kure means sunset or seasons end?
Given the reference to bare branches I prefer seasons end.
Regarding whether crow should be singular or plural may I note that corvids flock!
I actually have a small raven clan living in the immediate area and even when the flock spreads out to feed if I see one their mate is usually near by and even after fledglings grow up and move away there's usually a consistent core group of five or six who stay together. I opt for crows plural unless Japanese crows behave differently?