Haiku by Brian McSherry for Int’l Haiku Spring Festival 2010 (10)

2010/05/21

 

On April 10,2010, I received an e-mail from Brian Birdsell (McSherry).

He says in his mail as follows:

Hidenori – 

I received your email from a friend of mine in Akita. I currently live in Morioka and have lived here for the past 6 years. I teach English at a private high school. I have a background in linguistics and literature. I have written two previous collections of poems, though rather unsuccessfully and I am currently putting together a collection of short poems. I have entitled it “Fair Equinox” and divided into 4 seasonal sections. Attached it the “winter poems”.  

All the best, 

Brian Birdsell (McSherry) 

On May 18, 2010, the second e-mail came, saying as follows:

Thank you Mr. Hidenori Hiruta for your interest in my writing and adding it to the Akita haiku website. I also just recently finished the spring section to this collection and have attached it to this email. I also attached a photo (I will try to get some more photos to you later this week) and provided below a brief intro.

Thanks again for everything! 

Brian

 

According to his self-introduction,

Brian McSherry has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Prague, Italy and currently lives in northern Japan. He has lived there for over 6 years and enjoys spending time with his daughter, hiking in the mountains of Tohoku, writing, and traveling. He has a background in linguistics and teaches English at a private high school in Iwate. 

Now I present 15 haiku of spring to you with my Japanese translations.

 

Opening the shade –

my pencil gets whittled down

into a seed

 

日よけを開けながら ―

私の鉛筆は少しずつ削られ

種になる

 

 

Fell asleep in the garden –

seeing my mistake

my sleeves

covered with snow

 

庭で眠ってしまった ―

自分の間違いに気づき

そでは

雪に覆われた

 

 

Suddenly I find

the 16 stone-carved buddhas …

by their feet –

sake

 

不意に私は見つける

16個の石に彫られた仏を

足下に

 

 

Atagoyama –

snow falls on the poem

on the rock

 

愛宕山

雪が詩に降る

岩の上

 

 

Not yet –

only a plastic bag blows

on the cheery tree

 

桜はまだ咲かない ―

ビニール袋だけが風に吹かれている

桜の木の上で

 

 

Spring thaw –

the beauty of the mountains

flows into the valley

 

春の陽気

山々の美しさが

谷に流れ込む

 

 

Apricot branches

in a vase

and yet outside –

the trees are still bare

 

あんずの枝

花瓶の中に

しかし外では ―

あんずの木はまだむきだし

 

 

Rain drops hang

on the vacant trees –

first buds of the year

 

雨の滴がかかっている

からっぽの木々に ―

一年の最初の木の芽

 

 

Smoke rises

from Iwayama orchard –

before the flowers

 

煙が上がる

岩山果樹園から ―

花々の前で

 

 

The mountain pass

now open

a wall of snow

falling in the sun

 

山道が

今開通

雪の壁が

太陽を浴びて落ちる

 

 

On the patio

a forgotten tulip blooms

near a rusty spade

 

中庭に

一本の忘れられていたチューリップの花が咲く

錆びた鋤の近くで

 

 

A pulse –

the tip of maples red

with spring

 

鼓動 ―

モミジの赤の先が

春と共に

 

 

Hesitating

the buds shrink away –

sunset

on the tree tips

 

ためらいながら

蕾が縮んでゆく ―

夕焼け

木の先端の上に

 

 

Turning thirty-six

the swans begin to migrate –

spring loneliness

 

36歳になる ―

白鳥が渡り始める

春の寂しさ

 

 

Down the narrow lane

a scent trails a young lady –

plum blossoms open

 

細い小道を下って

香りが若い女性の後からついて行く ―

梅の花が開いている

 

 

 

 Last of all, let me decorate our on line festival with the two photo flowers. One of them is presented by Patricia Lidia, a haiku poet, in Romania. And the other by me, Hidenori Hiruta.

 

The next posting ‘Tanka by Tsutomu Nimure for Int’l Haiku Spring Festival 2010’ appears tomorrow on May 22.

 

Hidenori Hiruta

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2 Responses to “Haiku by Brian McSherry for Int’l Haiku Spring Festival 2010 (10)”

  1. Teddy Wojnicki Says:

    Hi, Brian,

    I like all your poems, but this one is particularly wonderful!

    Congrats,
    Teddy

    On the patio
    a forgotten tulip blooms
    near a rusty spade

    中庭に
    一本の忘れられていたチューリップの花が咲く
    錆びた鋤の近くで

    P.S.:

    Plz, let me know when your chapbook is out.

  2. P K Padhy Says:

    I enjoyed the haiku. The images are vivid and poetic.

    P K Padhy

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