Tanka by Wahyu W. Basjir in Indonesia (1)


On September 15, Wahyu W. Basjir sent me an e-mail with his brief bio, a photo of his family, and haiku included.

On October 2, I posted his haiku with his brief bio and a photo of his family in the website.

On October 20, I received another mail, in which Wahyu contributed his tanka with a photo of his family to our website.


Dear Hiruta-san,

I’ve been writing english tanka for quite some time. Below, I am sending you some of them. I would be very glad if you could consider these tanka for your Akita Haiku Network. 

Best wishes,



it takes long
to get acquainted
my reflection and me
in my late dad’s
old sarong





washing my feet
after this long walk
in shallow water
the memory of you
runs downstream





a day you promised
to not leave me forever
feels like yesterday
in my cabinet, a box full
of our memorabilia





reading your emails
my mind wanders 
around milky way
for a place
where we didn’t meet





how can i not be blue
my mom called and cried
for missing me
and so did my son
for his missing toy





from the battlefield
a relative has died
desert storm
twists the date-palm





the rain 
penetrates my soul
drop by drop
your love fills up 

the lake





longing for the light
matoa* leaves
harvest the dews
a poet 
dreams in monochrome


*Pometia pinnata





morning walk

along the path
i wonder
where i might be
after light years





where are you

i’m consumed

with solitude as i watch 

the moon in still water

swimming naked





on still water

a water spider moves

gently, the ripples fade

before reaching the shore
where we used to be




I sincerely hope that you will appreciate tanka by Wahyu W. Basjir.

The next posting ‘Haiku by William Sorlien in USA’ appears on November 20.

― Hidenori Hiruta

13 thoughts on “Tanka by Wahyu W. Basjir in Indonesia (1)

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