falling blossom pauses
hesitating between continuing
in still water is a moon
far more ancient
earth! if we should
descend to you and share
your world of sakura
fish out of water
feel happier in the sea of
fish leaping out of water
pauses in the air
snapshot on my camera
swing hangs from lune
swinging from Japan to China
walking home, baby says
shall we take a look at our
rabbit’s resting place
he feels desperately lonely
in this crowded world
hundred and twenty years
old house of childhood
pillow wetted with
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when care kills the cat
all the mice and every rat
laugh a long laugh and grow fat
TRANSLATED 16 CHARACTER POEM
by Chen Xiaoou
thrusts through the sky, its edge unbroken
supporting the welkin
to prevent its collapsing
by Mao Zedong (1893-1976)
NOTES TO 16 CHARACTER POETRY
by Chen Xiaoou
16 Character Poetry (Shiliu Zi Ling), also known as Cangwu Ballad, Guiwu Ballad or Guizi Ballad, is the shortest form of Chinese poetry, very similar to Japanese Haiku.
It is composed of 16 Chinese characters, arranged in four lines, 1-7-3-5 respectively, with the first character as the theme word, (in the above poem, for instance, SHAN, meaning mountain) which is similar to the seasonal word in Haiku.
In a typical 16 Character Poem, the first, the second and the final lines rhyme with each other.
― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta
Chen Xiaoou lives in Kunming, China.
He devotes almost all his leisure time to haiku learning and composing, his best-loved traditional haikuists include Yamazaki Sōkan, Arakida Moritake, Uejima Onitsura as well asBashō.
Some of his haiku have appeared on Haikuniverse and Australian Haiku Society Network.
Chen Xiaoou has been in Japan twice and loves the Land of Cherry Blossoms.
He is a collector of Japanese dictionaries and his publications includes 8 articles on Japanese lexicology.
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Dear Hiruta Sama: I am heartily grateful to you for the opportunity you gave me to share my pieces with haiku lovers on your brilliant network! — Chen Xiaoou
Dear Chen Xiaoou Sama, thank you very much for having shared your fine works of haiku with our readers. Thanks a million again!