Tanka by Wahyu W. Basjir in Indonesia (1)

2010/11/13

 

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,

Wahyu

***

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

 

映像と我の知覚に時かかる亡き父の着しサロン着るなり

 

***

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

 

長歩き浅瀬の中で足洗う君の思い出下流に流る

 

***

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

 

別れない約束の日は昨日かな我が戸棚には思い出の箱

 

***

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

 

メール読みさまよい歩く我が心銀河のまわり会わなかった場

 

***

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

 

我不在母泣き叫ぶ我は憂えずおもちゃをなくす息子も同じ

 

***

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

 

戦場で親類が死ぬ砂嵐ナツメヤシねじる収穫なし

 

***

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

the lake

 

その雨は我が心にぞしみ通るあなたの愛が湖満たす

 

***

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

 

*Pometia pinnata

 

光をと思い焦がれるマトアの葉露を取り込み詩人夢見る

 

***

morning walk

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

 

朝散歩小径に沿って我思う光年後にはどこにいるかと

 

***

where are you

i’m consumed

with solitude as i watch 

the moon in still water

swimming naked

 

君はどこ孤独にやつれ我は見る水中泳ぐ裸の月を

 

***

on still water

a water spider moves

gently, the ripples fade

before reaching the shore
where we used to be

 

水静か水蜘蛛動き波消える岸に着く前昔の場所に

 

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

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13 Responses to “Tanka by Wahyu W. Basjir in Indonesia (1)”

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