World Haiku Series 2019 (68)
Haiku by Irina Rasheva-Kuzmina
the sun is getting brighter
the girl’s next door
stealthily a stringy teardrop
brushes away an old man
in the snow covered forest
only heart beating
there’s your soul out there
«wait for me» I whisper
are already up on the wing
but no letters
На выцветших обоях
Чайки над волной
(Akita City Mayor’s Award, 7th Japan – Russia Haiku Contest 2018)
Grandfather’s room –
on the bleached wall paper
seagulls over the wave
« trees became boring»
to drink sake
we did not manage…
the year is coming to an end
a leaf on the water
moment…and it is out
so is our life
shivering under an old umbrella
— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta
Born in 1947 in the city of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).
Lives in the city of Petrozavodsk.
By education a physicist.
She worked as a research fellow at Petrozavodsk State University and taught at the Karelian branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences (now the Karelian Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences).
At the moment – a pensioner.
She grew up in a family where science and creativity are closely intertwined.
Dad – fought in the Great Patriotic War, doctor of physical and mathematical sciences, professor, wrote poetry and prose; mother, a doctor, was also fond of poetry; both were engaged in a theater studio.
In her youth, Irina tried herself in versification.
But she seriously returned to this kind of creativity already when she retired, as there was more free time.
Today in her literary baggage are works of various genres: short stories, short stories, essays, lyric poetry.
She is a member of the Russian Union of Writers.
She turned to oriental poetry in the late nineties and, fascinated by this kind of ancient poetic genre, began to try her hand at composing haiku and tanka.
She took part in Japanese-Russian haiku competitions in the city of Akita (NRC) in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
In 2016 she was awarded a certificate of honor, in 2018 the prize of the mayor of Akita.
Despite the recognition of the work on the NRC, Irina does not consider herself a mature haijin, she is still studying.
Штиль на озере
Только облака в небе
Ирина Рашева-Кузьмина (Russia)
(Honorable Mentions, 5th Japan – Russia Haiku Contest 2016 )
The lake is still
Only the clouds in the sky
Keep on drifting