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uzumibi no atama hari-kokuru kiseru kana
the banked fire's head...
A "banked fire" is a fire covered with ashes to ensure low burning. Here, Issa personalizes the fire, knocking his pipe against its "head" (atama). Hari-kokuru (here written hari-kokuri) is an old expression that means to "resolutely hit"; Kogo dai jiten (Shogakukan 1983) 1361.
In the same year, Issa writes this haiku with his images in a different order:
usumibi ya kiseru de atama hari-kokuri
with my pipe rapping
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