mashirazake hikuzu no sukoshi irinikeri
a little bit of fire scraps
from “Haiku Dai-Saijiki” (“Comprehensive Haiku Saijiki”), Kadokawa Shoten, Tokyo, 2006
Fay’s Note: ‘saruzake’ or ‘mashirazake’ (monkey’s wine) is an autumn kigo. It was believed that hunters and loggers found sake (wine) made of fermented nuts and fruits hidden by monkeys and enjoyed drinking it.