In May, 2017, Željko Funda, kindly presented his haiku book “birds have feathers, lizards have the sun ” haibunnies to me.
Željko Funda is also one of the authors who kindly and delightedly sent his nice haiku to the World Haiku Series 2019.
Firstly, let me show you a few pages of his book, with Japanese translations of haiku put here.
butterflies and petals
Everything wakes up in spring, but without any alarm clock.
her smiles disappearing
with a butterfly
“A smile is like a butterfly: you take a look and it’s already gone”, says grannie.
a firefly throwing light
upon my way
One firefly is not enough for reading if it’s not fat enough.
a clear night
a firefly disappearing
in the Moon
You can’t turn off a firefly because throwing light is its job.
silence in the woods
a beech leaf falling here
an oak leaf there
Once a leaf stroke my face. It didn’t hurt because it was a bloodless crash.
down the hero’s bronze face
Sometimes rain washes the world for one day, sometimes for two days, and sometimes it likes its job so much that it can’t stop.
all among snowflakes
wishes and greetings
Christmas warms up, but only in your heart.
the first snowdrops disappearing
Snow can’t do any harm to snowdrops because they are snow flowers.
time to rest
with a ladybird on his back
the dog enters his house
Dog is a good guard, but not from mosquitos.
a snail is almost reaching
the top of a cross
Snail has two feelers, but they are not for feeling, they are for looking.
a night train
the carriage windows throwing light
on the graveyard crosses
“Dead people live in us”, says grannie. “Even if we’re sleeping?” asks grandpa. “Then they are taking a rest from us”, says grannie.
My ears hurt because of silence. I get focused to hear something, and nothing shows up.
ーTranslated by Hidenori Hiruta
Lastly, World Haiku Series 2019 (203) : Haiku by Željko Funda appeared on the website below.
ーEdited by Hidenori Hiruta