World Haiku Series 2019 (106) Haiku by Malintha Perera

World Haiku Series 2019 (106)

Haiku by Malintha Perera

 

when there’s
nothing left
starlight

 

何も残っていない時

星明り

 

another enso
fades again
white butterfly

 

別のエンソ

再び消える

白い蝶

 

still finding
that piece of me
meteor shower

 

まだ見つける

私のその部分

流星群

 

firefly night
afraid they’ll burn
the paddy

 

ホタルの夜

水田を燃やすのがこわい

 

crossing
         bar
by
      bar
choir song

 

交差する

          バー

沿って

       バー

合唱曲

 

the small skies
we used to fly
arm wings

 

小さな空

私たちは飛んだものだ

腕の翼

 

temple fountain
we make it
our last stop

 

寺院の噴水

私たちは最後の停車地にしよう

 

all of my anger
gone
sudden drizzle

 

私の怒りのすべて

消えた

突然の霧雨

 

full moon
our baby’s
first kick

 

満月

私たちの赤ちゃんの

最初のキック

 

cherry blossoms
the many reasons
    we are here

 

桜の花

その多くの理由

     私たちがここにいる

 

— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

Biography :
Malintha Perera is an established poet whose work is featured in numerous journals.

She writes haiku, tanka, micropoetry as well as longer poems that are mainly centered on Zen Buddhism.

Her first published haiku book, An Unswept Path (2015) is a collection of monastery haiku.

She resides in Sri Lanka with her family.

9 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2019 (106) Haiku by Malintha Perera

  1. Sublime poetry which exists between the realms of “invisibility” being left to say what the poet became with each poem.

    Alan

  2. Covid19 haiku/senryu

    new normal —
    do i have to learn
    to read backwards

    anywhere
    everywhere
    the crowned demon

    covid lockdown
    poetry is left
    in the wild

    social distancing
    at about three o’clock
    one shadow away

    virtual travel
    but ahh, the date
    what is the date

    pencil sketches
    In black and white —
    pandemic

    ripples
    in the pond
    frog croaks

    covid lockdown
    outside, the sun
    still shines so bright

    covid lockdown
    tall grasses of summer
    my unkempt hair

    quarantined garden
    the sparrows let us know
    of their visit

  3. Covid19 Haiku/Senryu (Part 2)

    covid lockdown —
    my home
    my closet

    silence…
    how intimate
    do i know you

    how heavy
    is the unseen…
    coronavirus

    coronavirus
    … an ocean
    of wails

    covid lockdown —
    here we all are, prisoners
    of sanity

    social distancing —
    empty benches
    at the park

    social distancing
    doing the waltz
    all by myself

    covid lockdown
    reinventing the uses
    of a couch

    the dead —
    topics in the day
    to day chats

    city curfew —
    i feel the sound
    of silence

    coronavirus…
    each day on the news
    doing the math

    calm day
    the bright side
    of lockdown

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