World Haiku Series 2019 (87) Haiku by Kanchan Chatterjee

World Haiku Series 2019 (87)

Haiku by Kanchan Chatterjee

 

cold night . . .

the smell of mothball

from my rug

 

寒い夜...

防虫剤の匂い

私の敷物から

 

quiet evening . . .

the host slides the shoji

to show her roses

 

静かな夜...

主人が障子をすうっと開ける

彼女のバラを見せる

 

in the doc’s chamber

a grasshopper slides in

through the sliding door . . .

 

博士の部屋に

キリギリスが滑り込む

引き戸から...

 

morning fog . . .
the tea seller lights his stove
while I wait

 

朝霧...

お茶の売り子がストーブに火をつける

私が待つ間

 

magic show . . .
the beer bottle becomes
a plastic rose

 

マジックショー ...

ビール瓶がプラスチック製のバラになる

 

the light is on
at the front porch . . .
Harvest Moon

 

灯りがついている

フロントポーチに...

中秋の名月

 

first fog . . .
the cracked whistle
of a train

 

最初の霧...

電車の鋭い汽笛

 

cold night . . .

the old station master

stands straight

 

寒い夜...

年老いた駅長

直立

 

autumn evening . . .

I change my ringtone to

chimes’ sound

 

秋の夜...

着信音を変更

チャイムの音に

 

autumn rain . . .

the book on T’ang poets

arrives wet

 

秋の雨...

唐詩人に関する本

濡れて着く

 

— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

Short bio of Kanchan Chatterjee

Kanchan Chatterjee is a revenue officer in Government of India.

He writes poems especially Japanese style poems, e.g. haiku, tanka and haibun.

He has won several awards for his haiku, tanka and haibun from Japan, USA, Romania, Poland, India etc.

He has been published regularly in various online haiku and other poetry journals e.g. ‘Frogpond’, ‘The Heron’s Nest’, ‘Wales Haiku Journal’, ‘Cattails’, ‘Asahi Haikuist Network’, ‘Mainichi Daily Haiku’, ‘Akitsu Quarterly’, ‘Fox Poetry Box’, ‘A hundred gourds’, ‘Modern Haiku’, ‘Chrysanthemum’, ‘The Haiku Foundation’, ‘Under the Basho’, ‘Presence’, ‘Chrysanthemum’, ‘Walesh haiku journal’ etc.

His haiku appeared regularly in Japan’s official broadcaster NHK’s program ‘Haiku Masters’, where he was selected as ‘Haiku master’ on more than one occasion.

His poems were featured in a few Indian poetry anthologies e.g. ‘Beyond the Fields’ and a few others.

He was a ‘Pushcart Award’ nominee in 2012.

3 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2019 (87) Haiku by Kanchan Chatterjee

  1. first fog . . .
    the cracked whistle
    of a train

    Soulful expressions.
    Thanks

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