First of all, I would like to introduce a haiku friend of mine, William Sorlien, in Minnesota, USA.
Here is a photo of Mississippi ginko walk, downtown St. Paul, September 2009
William Sorlien (Willie) is a construction tradesman residing in Minnesota, USA, which adjoins the cold northern border with Canada, near the center of the continent. His hometown, Saint Paul, is the northernmost port of the Mississippi River.
He began the practice of haiku only three years ago, yet hopes to continue the journey as long as he can hold a pen.
Willie also enjoys writing tanka, and haibun, and has been writing renku with other international writers for over a year now.
He considers each word he writes to be a learning experience and a method of self improvement through haiku friendship with authors throughout the world.
He has three blogs as follows:
He kindly contributed his haiku and three photos to our Haiku festival.
Here is a photo of autumn sunset at Phalen Lake, 2009
I present some of his haiku with my Japanese interpretations.
a hazy moon
floats in the cup
Nigorizake shuhai ni ukabu oborozuki
brick by brick
these walls we build
Renga tsumi kabe o tsukureri haru sugiru
under the porchlight
dad calls us all in
Yudachi ya pouchi no shita no chichi no koe
a fine garden
in the traffic circle
once more around (first published in World Haiku Review)
Routarii sutekina niwa ya mata mawaru
the green glass tortoise
in morning dew
Shunshu ya garasu no ryoku ki asa no tsuyu
hanging up her beret
she slips into autumn
Kui mota zu beree o kakete aki ni iru
through the open window
prickly milk thistle
Aita mado midori no shikki ni nogeshi kana
the rusty gates
Sabita mon sotto toorinukeru areta niwa
in the tea tree’s grove
Nimousaku chabatake no naka kawzu naku
of my old black hat
snow on tea leaves
first strong gusts
the hawk as still life
trapped between panes of glass
Here is a photo of the path around Lake Phalen in winter, 2010
The next posting ‘Haiku by Aju Mukhopadhyay for Int’l Haiku Spring Festival 2010’ appears tomorrow on May 19.
― Hidenori Hiruta