Let haiku be on the UNESCO list ! (7)

2015/04/26

 

Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!

 

On January 10, 2015, I received such a nice e-mail from Mr. Stjepan Rozic, Croatia.

It says as below, with a letter of support for the campaign “Let haiku be on the UNESCO list!”

 

Sending you regards from sunny Croatia,

Stjepan Rozic

 

Here is a letter of support.

 

Stjepan Rožić,

Kolodvorska 44

10310 Ivanić Grad

Croatia

e-mail.  stef.rozic@gmail.com

 

Born in 1946, a retired electrician, father of three sons and three grandchildren. Haiku I have been writing for two decades.   I published four haiku collections and for my haiku I received a number of awards.  Just like my family, haiku fills my life with joy.

 

Dear Madam/Sir,

 

As a child of very poor farming family in a small town in Croatia, I had a very rich and a happy childhood, in merriment of life near a river where the children spent a great part of the year in game and laughter, swimming and angling.  I had no opportunity to become academically educated, but all my forty working years I was giving patience, love and improvements in everyday life and human relations.

Haiku helped me understand my relationship towards nature, where, as very poor people we depended upon it for the droughts and floods used to take all we had, and, when we were gifted with abundance. As a child I understood well, how small being I am and how powerful and both, wonderful and dangerous Nature can be. It had my respect then, as well as nowadays.

 

Haiku helped me to put on paper my feelings, thoughts and I belong to it with all my heart. Discovering haiku was like coming home.  Haiku helped me to connect with people who live in a similar way.  Haiku is my joy and through my haiku verses, I feel as a part of the World and Nature, which I appreciate and respect. 

 

Rođen sam 1946.g., umirovljeni sam električar, otac tri sina I troje unučadi.  Haiku pišem dvadesetak godina. Kao dijete siromašne obitelji u malom hrvatskom gradu, imao sam beskrajno bogato i sretno djetinjstvo u radostima na našoj rijeci gdje smo provodili veći dio godine, u igri i smijehu.  Nisam imao priliku steći akademsko obrazovanje, no svoj radni vijek odradio sam sa strpljenjem i ljubavlju, unapređujući uvijek život, rad i međuljudkse odnose  u svom okruženju. 

Moj odnos prema prirodi o kojoj smo kao siromašni ljudi ovisili, formirale su i poplave i suše koje su odnosile trud i muku mojih roditelja, ali i radost dobrih žetvi i berb. Već kao dijete shvatio sam koliko sam kao čovjek malo biće a kako je nevjerojatna moć ali i ljubav majke prirode za sve nas. Poštivano sam ju tada kao i danas.

 

Haiku mi je pomogao zabilježiti te osjećaje, tu pripadnost.  Haiku mi je pomogao povezati se s ljudima koji su živjeli ili žive na sličan način. Otkrivši haiku bilo je dolazak svom domu.  Haiku je moja radost i pomoću njega osjećam se pjesnikom svijeta i prirode koje nadasve cijenim. 

 

 

tree crowns singing –

the nightingale nowhere

and everywhere

 

pjevaju krošnje-

slavuja nigdje

slavuj posvuda

 

樹冠の囀り

ナイチンゲールはどこに

至る所で囀り

 

スチェパン・ロジッチ (クロアチア)

1946年生まれ、退職した電気技師。3人の息子の父。3人の孫あり。

俳句は20年あまり書き続けている。4冊の俳句集を出版。多くの賞を受賞。まさに家族のように、俳句は私の人生を喜びで満たしてくれる。

 

拝啓

クロアチアの小さな町の貧農の家庭の子として、私はとても豊かで幸せな子供時代を過ごした。子供たちがゲームや笑い声の中で、そして水泳や魚釣りを楽しみながら一年の大部分を過ごした川の近くでの生活は活発で楽しいものだった。

私は学問に関しては教育を受ける機会がありませんでした。

しかし、勤続40年の全期間私は日常の生活と人間関係において忍耐と愛情を持ちながら向上を目指してきました。

俳句のお陰で私は自然との関係を理解するようになりました。とても貧しい者として私たちは自然に依存してきました。干ばつや洪水は私たちが持っている全てを奪い取ったからです。

そして、豊かさに恵まれた時もそうでした。

子供の頃私はよく分かっていました。自分はいかに小さい存在であるかを。そして、自然はいかに力強いかを。また、自然は素晴らしくもあり、危険でもある両方の存在でありうることを。その時私は自然を重視するようになりました。今日もそうです。

俳句のお陰で私は紙の上に自分の感情、考えたことを書き留めてきました。それは心が込められた私そのものです。

俳句の発見は故郷に帰るようなものでした。俳句のお陰で私は同じような生き方をしている人たちと結ばれました。俳句は私の喜びです。俳句詩を通じて私は世界と自然の一部であると感じています。私はこの事に感謝し、尊重しております。

 

By Hidenori Hiruta

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One Response to “Let haiku be on the UNESCO list ! (7)”

  1. JunkChuck Says:

    ‘tree crowns singing.” That’s marvelous.

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