World Haiku Series 2019 (184) Haiku by Vandana Parashar

World Haiku Series 2019 (184)

Haiku by Vandana Parashar

 

rain falls

equally on everything

… wildflowers

 

雨が降る

すべてに等しく

野の花にも

 

silk scarf

in each fold of her skin

a harsh winter

 

絹のスカーフ

彼女の肌の各ひだに

厳しい冬

 

long night… 

only our breaths 

embrace

 

長い夜

私たちの呼吸だけ

抱き合う

 

new moon

my hand moves over where

once my breast was

 

新月

私の手が場所を取る

かつて私の胸があった所

 

nine months wait…

I wrap my hands around

the first mango

 

9カ月待つ

私は両手を巻きつける

最初のマンゴーに

 

reflective mood

I loosen the lid

of a firefly jar

 

思慮深い気分

ふたを緩める

ホタルジャーの

 

not yet ready

to let go… 

early autumn leaves

 

まだ準備ができていない

手放すための

初秋の紅葉を

 

string of jasmine 

the day unfolds 

petal by petal

 

ジャスミンのひも

日が開く

花びらを一枚ずつ

 

one-way street 

the wind takes my scarf 

backwards 

 

一方通行

風が私のスカーフを吹き付ける

後方に

 

blind beggar’s bowl

a smooth coin makes

the same noise

 

盲目の乞食の鉢

滑らかなコインが

同じノイズを作る

 

— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta

 

Brief Bio:

Vandana Parashar is a microbiologist, a teacher and a haiku enthusiast.

Her love for brevity made her fall in love with haiku and related Japanese forms of poetry.

Her work has been published in cattails, A Hundred Gourds, Creatrix, Naad Anunaad, Sonic Boom, Prune Juice, Asahi Haikuist Network, Failed Haiku, Atoms of Haiku, Frameless Sky, Femku magazine and Human/Kind Journal, Ribbons, Haibun Today, to name a few.

She has a Grand Prix in 8th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest to her credit and prizes and honourable mentions in some other contests including Kukai.

She lives in Panchkula, India with her husband and two daughters. 

7 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2019 (184) Haiku by Vandana Parashar

  1. Absolutely a lovely set of haiku, Vandana.
    Much impressed with your work.
    I had posted a comment this morning but it’s not anywhere here … so posting my second one!

    wishing you the very best.

  2. I enjoyed reading those wonderful haiku. Who could understand brevity better than a microbiologist!!😊🌺🌷

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