World Haiku Series 2020 (28) Haiku by Geethanjali Rajan

1.

first sunrise –  

a wrinkled leaf catches 

the golden light

初日の出

しわよった葉がとらえる

金色の光を

2.

pony ride –

pink-ribbon pigtails 

follow her squeals

ポニーライド

ピンクのリボンのお下げ髪

鳴き声について行く

3.

beachside stroll –

clinging to the salt breeze

the smell of dried fish

ビーチサイドの散歩

潮風がしみつく

魚の干物のにおい

4.

long weekend –

in every vacant field

a game of cricket

長い週末

すべての空いているフィールドで

クリケットのゲーム

5.

final goodbye –

your pink allamanda 

wave in the breeze

最後のさようなら

あなたのピンクのアラマンダ

そよ風に揺れる

6.

self-isolation –

clusters of frangipani 

just outside my reach

自己隔離

フランジパニのクラスター

まさに手の届かないところ

7.

out of beat

on a summer evening

inconstant rain

拍子外れ

夏の夜に

一定しない雨

8.

face down –

an April noon bereft

of dreams

顔を下にして

4月の正午が失っている

夢を

9.

social distancing- 

I get the gossip 

from the crows

対人距離の確保

ゴシップを得る

烏から

10.

leaving behind

the grimy city –

cotton clouds


置き去りにする

汚れた街を–

綿の雲

Notes:

For haiku numbers 6 to 10 – I am attaching the photo Haiku also.

The artwork is done by Ms. Dhaatri Menon, as mentioned in the photos. They are part of my lockdown experience in India.

Haiku 6 to 9 appeared in the blog of Café Haiku in 2020. Others are unpublished.

― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta

Bio:

Geethanjali Rajan teaches Japanese and English in Chennai, India.

She has been conducting workshops to introduce haiku to students and to help teachers introduce haiku in the classroom.

She serves as editor of haiku at cattails.

https://akitahaiku.com/2020/02/19/

5 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2020 (28) Haiku by Geethanjali Rajan

  1. Hiruta sensei,

    Thank you very much for the inclusion in the series.

    Geethanjali

  2. Dear Ms. Geethanjali Rajan,
    I hope that you are fine, enjoying haiku.
    Thanks a lot for having presented your fine works of haiku to the World Haiku Series 2020.
    Your daughter Ms. Dhaatri Menon is a fine artist, isn’t she?
    Please send my best regards to her.
    Lastly, thank you again for having shared such a wonderful collaboration of haiku and haiga with our haiku friends.
    Hidenori Hiruta

  3. Beautiful verses and equally beautiful art by your daughter! My favorites here are face down,social distancing and also the pony ride. The last one is so visual!

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