World Haiku Series 2019 (179) Haiku by Thomas Canull

World Haiku Series 2019 (179)

Haiku by Thomas Canull

 

dragonfly skipping

bamboo pole to bamboo pole

looking for a sip

 

トンボが跳び回っている

竹竿から竹竿へ

一口探しながら

 

warm early sunrise

birds awaken the sleeping

exalt the morning

 

暖かい早い日の出

鳥が眠りを覚ます

朝を称える

 

graduation day

leaving past chasing future

long journeys first step

 

卒業の日

過去に追いかけた未来を離れて

長い旅への最初のステップ

 

halfway through the night

small island just off gulf coast

deafening silence

 

夜半

まさに湾岸沖に小さな島

耳に聞こえない沈黙

 

island winds screaming

plants bending to try and hide

bright sunny morning

 

島の風が悲鳴を上げている

植物は曲げて隠れようとしている

明るく晴れた朝

 

afternoon green tea

essence of culture and grace

brief respite from time

 

午後の緑茶

文化と優雅さの本質

時間からの短い休息

 

listen to the rain

softly settle on the pond

romantic moment

 

雨音を聞く

そっと池に落ち着く

ロマンチックな瞬間

 

middle of the night

time is not being friendly

like maple from trees

 

夜のまっただ中

時間は友好的なものではありません

木のモミジのように

 

night black as coffee

moon hides in a cloudless sky

shadows rule the night

 

コーヒーのように暗い夜

月は雲一つない空に隠れる

影が夜を支配する

 

night of quiet thoughts

no thunder heralding rain

clouds that have no sounds

 

静かな想いの夜

雨を告げる雷は聞こえない

音のない雲

 

— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

Short bio:

Haiku by Thomas Canull are known in Japan, Russia, India

and other countries.

Over the past few years Haikuist Thomas has had three books published: The Lonely Crane, The Dragonfly Darts, The Origami Crane.

It is from these books that he enjoys teaching the fundamentals of Haiku and how it can change one’s perception of the world around them.

Thomas lives his life by the Japanese philosophy ‘ichi-go ichi-e’ which translates in English to ‘one moment one opportunity’ …

for we are given life one moment at a time and within each moment are a myriad opportunities to help others on their journey through life.

Thomas also lives by the following mantra which he hopes is being fulfilled through his Haiku:

‘when I leave this world I want to leave it a better place for my having been here ‘

 

Here are a photo of a bird and a message kindly and delightedly presented by Mr. Thomas Canull for the World Haiku Series 2019.

 

 

Hiruta san,

Congratulations on your new adventure !

Since last I heard from you I too have been on a new adventure.

Have moved to a very small island by the name of Matlacha

just west of the coastal city Cape Coral which is in Florida.

The picture, taken from my patio, is of one of the many species

of birds here on the island and is an Osprey .

Enclosed are some of my most recent Haiku and I hope some are

worthy of your publication.

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