World Haiku Series 2020 (37) Haiku by Hemapriya Chellappan

passion vines 

the half-built house wet 

with moonlight 

-Wales Haiku Journal, Autumn 2020

チャボトケイソウ

半分建てられた家が濡れている

月光の下で

silver moon 

at the water’s edge 

I remain a stone 

-The Mamba Journal, Sep 2020

銀色に輝く月

水の端で

私はまだ石のよう

departing sun

in my binoculars 

returning geese 

-Haiku of Merit, World Haiku Review

沈んでいく太陽

双眼鏡に

帰雁

origami

a crane’s call 

folds into the wind

折り紙

鶴の鳴き声

風に折りたたむ

sunrise 

the sound of waves 

becomes a prayer 

-The Haiku Hecameron: Gratitude in the Time of Covid-19

日の出

波の音

祈りになる

summer siesta 

the humming trill 

of a postman’s cycle 

-Honorable Mention, 74th Basho Memorial Contest

夏の昼寝

ブンブンするトリル

郵便配達員の自転車の

gathering dusk 

fragrance of wood smoke 

clings to her saree 

-The Mainichi 

迫ってきた夕闇

木の煙の香り

彼女のサリーにしみつく

beginner’s mind 

the blueness 

of a blue throat 

-Akitsu Quarterly, Fall 2020 

初心者の心

青さ

オガワコマドリの

spring cleaning 

I become 

Lady Macbeth 

-The Heron’s Nest, Volume XXII, Number 3

春の大掃除

私はなる

マクベス夫人に

gathering twigs—

the evening draws 

to a close 

-Haiku Dialogue 

小枝を集める

夕暮れ

閉じようとしている

― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta

Bio: 

Hemapriya Chellappan is an engineer turned haiku poet.

She took to Japanese short forms in the summer of 2019.

Her work has previously appeared in The Heron’s Nest, Modern Haiku, Akitsu Quarterly, among others. 

2 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2020 (37) Haiku by Hemapriya Chellappan

  1. midnight blue
    a grandma-shaped crater
    on the moon
    — Hemapriya Chellappan, The Blo͞o Outlier Journal, Issue #1 (2020) ed. Alan Summers

    Other credits:

    Touchstone Individual Poems Long List for 2020 (The Haiku Foundation)

    re:Virals, The Haiku Foundation’s weekly poem commentary feature on some of the finest haiku ever written in English. This week’s poem was

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