World Haiku Series 2019 (58) Haiku by Helen Buckingham

World Haiku Series 2019 (58)

Haiku by Helen Buckingham

 

back outside

the gallery…

an endless sky 

 

(HIA Contest, Honourable Mention, 2003)

 

外に戻る

ギャラリー…

終わりのない空

 

steam-filled market…

mistletoe tethered

to a meat-hook

 

(Nat. League of American Pen Women Haiku Contest, Finalist, 2005)

 

蒸気に満ちた市場…

繋がれたヤドリギ

ミートフックに

 

Mother’s Day morning

blossom fresh from the garden

mirrored in her spoon

 

(Mainichi Haiku Contest, 2nd Place, 2006)

 

母の日の朝

庭から新鮮な花

彼女のスプーンに映る

 

linden shadows

watching people watching

the blind man 

                                                                               

(Suruga-Baika Literary Festival Award, Winner, 2007)

 

シナノキの影

人が盲人を見ているのを見る

 

beating the rain…

Dad lingers 

to smell the pinks                                                              

 

(BHS / James W. Hackett Award, Runner-up, 2008)

 

雨に打ち付けて…

父さんが居残る

ナデシコの花の香りをかぐために

 

falling blossom

parents hover

by the school gates  

                                                        

(Ito En Haiku Grand Prix, Honourable Mention, 2008)

 

散る花

両親がとどまっている

学校の門で

 

harvest moon sweeping up the last of the grain

                                 

(Kusamakura Haiku Competition, 3rd Place, 2008)

 

穀物の最後を掃き集める収穫月

 

 rainbow’s end–

the crabbing child

 empties her pot

 

(Haiku Dreaming Australia Awards, 2nd Place, 2009)

 

虹の終わり…

横這いの子供が彼女のポットを空にする

 

an owl hoots

… the night plays dead

 

(Kusamakura Haiku Competition, 3rd Place, 2012)                        

 

フクローがホーホー鳴く

… 夜が死んだふりをする

 

autumn equinox

the truck driver clicks his tongue

at a passing dray                                                 

 

(Presence Award, 1st Place, 2016)   

 

秋分

トラックの運転手が舌打ちをする

通り過ぎる荷馬車に

 

— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

Bio:

Helen Buckingham lives in Wells, England.

Credits include: Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W.W. Norton, 2013) and The Wonder Code (Girasole Press, 2017).

Among her collections are: water on the moon and mirrormoon (Original Plus, 2010), Armadillo Basket (Waterloo Press, 2011) and sanguinella (Red Moon Press, 2017).        

4 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2019 (58) Haiku by Helen Buckingham

  1. Amazing photograph!!!!

    I remember anthologising this one in:
    The Poetic Image – Haiku and Photography (Birmingham Words/ National Academy of Writing Pamphlet 2006)

    steam-filled market…
    mistletoe tethered
    to a meat-hook

    Helen Buckingham
    National League of American Pen Women Haiku Contest, Finalist, 2005)

    Do you still have the pdf of this anthology, as I lost mine when my laptop was stolen?

    Alan

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