The cold skies—
The traditional Chinese painting depicts the scene
as painted by the haiku of Zuiken.
*Reverend Zuikaku explained that the plum blossoms bloom in cold weather and the bush warblers chirp when the plum blossoms bloom. This haiku is an analogy: the stored good or shukuzen has emerged (the cold skies), the bush warblers (me) are chirping (say the nembutsu), over the blossoming plum (Namo Amida Butsu). This implies that Namo Amida Butsu causes the saying of Namu Amida Butsu: “Bush warblers are chirping over blossoming plums.”