tenkiame kawaoso uo o matsurikeri
an otter displays
its fish to worship
from “Haiku Dai-Saijiki” (“Comprehensive Haiku Saijiki”), Kadokawa Shoten, Tokyo, 2006
Fay’s Note: ‘kawauso uo o matsuru’ (an otter worships fish) is one of 72 sub-seasons. It is around current February 19. It is based on a Chinese tale – river otters line up fish when they caught in abundant as though they would enshrine them for gods.