World Haiku Series 2020 (44) Haiku by Jill Stockinger

winter hangs a moon

the snowy owl spreads its wings

red blood dots the ground

冬が月を吊るす

シロフクロウが羽を広げる

赤い血が地面に点在する

Sugar snap pea vines

offer sweet green smiles hiding

little peas as teeth

シュガースナップエンドウのつる

甘い緑の笑顔を提供する

歯としての小さなエンドウ豆を隠しながら

Weathered carapace

hides lovely pointed crystals.

Ouch! Stop hitting me!

風化した甲羅

素敵な先のとがった結晶を隠す。

痛い! 私に食いつくのはやめて!

The sea is so still

Seagulls, clouds rest together

On a blue mirror

海はとても静か

カモメ、雲が一緒に休む

青い鏡の上

Thunder is booming

Towering waves are grasping

The ocean eats ships

雷が鳴っている

高く舞い上がる波が捉えている

海が船を飲み込む

overlapping waves

leave necklaces of foam that

sparkle and then fade

重なり合う波

ネックレスのような泡を残す

きらめき、そして消える 

While dolphins laugh, play

Whistle and work together

We poison their world

イルカが笑いながら遊ぶ

口笛を吹いて一緒に働く

私たちは彼らの世界を汚染する

rain erases sky

the greedy plants drink and grow

the worms rise for air

雨が空を消す

貪欲な植物が飲んで成長する

虫が空気を求めて浮かび上がってくる

Cut teardrop of glass

Hanging from the window frame

Small rainbows leaping

切りガラスの涙のしずく形の垂れ玉

窓枠からぶら下がっている

小さな虹が跳んでいる

Heartbeats of thunder

Lightning dances and spits fire

Dragons are flying

雷の鼓動

稲妻が踊り、火を吐く

竜が飛んでいる

― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta

Ms. Jill Stockinger kindly and delightedly presented her favorite photo

taken at Maui in 2019 to the World Haiku Series 2020.

Bio:

Jill Stockinger

Born on Long Island, New York,

a recently retired librarian who worked 40 years in several large library systems, she ran an open writing group for 16 consecutive years in libraries.

She has been published in several small literary magazines.

She is a member of the Sacramento Renaissance Society writers group. Most of the members write and share haiku as well as writing other forms of poetry and prose. She was introduced to haiku at age 7 by her father who encouraged her to try writing in this form. She has never forgotten Basho’s poetry that she read at that young age. Splash!

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