The Mamba : Journal of Africa Haiku

The Mamba : Journal of Africa Haiku

Issue 9   March 2020

On March 6, 2020, Adjei Agyei-Baah and Emmanuel Jessie Kalusian as editors kindly offered the Issue 9 of The Mamba (the journal of Africa Haiku) for the 9th memorial service of the Great East Japan Earthquake. We would like to share the journal with each other as part of the 3.11 memorial haiku on the website of the Akita International Haiku Network.

 

Firstly, here are some copied pages in the journal.

 

 

Secondly, here are 9 haiku in the journal with Japanese translations.

 

Pamela Babafemi Opeyemi (Nigeria)

 

rumbling sky . . .

the first drop of July rain

on my new hairdo

 

ゴロゴロ鳴っている空…

7月の雨の最初の一滴

私の新しい髪のセットに

 

Patrick Wafula Wanyama (Kenya)

 

heavy rainstorm –

maize on the farms

leaning west

 

激しい暴風雨 –

農場のトウモロコシ

西に傾いている

 

Anthony Itopa Obaro (Nigeria)

 

torrential rain

the bush path to our farm

now a waterway

 

激しい雨

私たちの農場への道

今は水路

 

Tim Gardiner (United Kingdom)

 

sand hill

all that remains

of the flood

 

砂丘

洪水で残っているもののすべて

 

Rahma O. Jimoh (Nigeria)

 

dry well

line of buckets

waiting to be filled

 

乾いた井戸

バケツの行列

満たされるのを待っている

 

Blesmond Alebna Ayinbire (Ghana)

 

dry season

the earth eats

into a dam

 

乾季

地球が腐食してダムになる

 

Emmanuel Jessie Kalusian (Nigeria)

 

loneliness…

the sound of water

over river stones

 

孤独…

川の石の上の水の音

 

Fatiha Fahim (Morocco)

 

cool breeze

among the petals

a dead butterfly drooping

 

涼風

花びらの中で

死んだ蝶がしおれている

 

Francis Agyekum (Ghana/New Zealand)

 

dead grasshopper

column ants tow home

a delicacy

 

死んだキリギリス

列をなしたアリが家に引っぱっていく

思いやり

 

— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta

 

Lastly, here is a website address of the journal as below.

https://africahaikunetwork.wordpress.com/contact/

Please check it out, and you will be able to appreciate all the journals.

 

Hidenori Hiruta

President

The Akita International Haiku Network

 

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