Today’s Haiku (October 15, 2015)

猿酒(ましらざけ)火屑のすこし入りにけり  七田谷まりうす

mashirazake hikuzu no sukoshi irinikeri

            monkey’s wine

            a little bit of fire scraps

            in it…

                                    Mariusu Nadaya

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.

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