World Haiku Series 2020 (50) Haiku by Ken Sawitri

airborne troops
a soap bubble
safely landing


Ken Sawitri

Photograph by Aisha Shifa

the pattering light
on uprooted seedlings
... summer moon


Ken Sawitri

Photograph by Aisha Shifa

cat yowling ...
the wooden cuckoo bird strikes
a quick two-note call

速い 2 音符の鳴き声を

Ken Sawitri

Photograph by Aisha Shifa

Haiku published for the first time in Asahi Haikuist Network, The Asahi Shimbun, March 20, 2020

darkening room ...
light tags on
the old prayer beads


Ken Sawitri

Photograph by Aisha Shifa

dust on dad’s travelling suitcase
... cold moon


Ken Sawitri

Painting by Jimat Achmadi

Haiku published for the first time in Asahi Haikuist Network, The Asahi Shimbun, February 7, 2020

riding wind
from the future an eraser


Ken Sawitri

Art by Aisha Shifa

Note : As her mother, I documented her writing/drawing/other ‘art’ my daughter did. In this photo haiku, it was her drawing when she was 7 years old on back side of an old calendar.

hand painted map
the village river pulsing
through my veins


Ken Sawitri

Photograph by Jimat Achmadi

Haiku published for the first time in World Haiku Review, Winter Issue, December 2019, Vanguard Haiku, Zatsuei Award

no moonlight ...
darkness stares at every


Ken Sawitri

Photograph by Jimat Achmadi

clouds signs off painting
on the clear screen


Ken Sawitri

Photograph by Aisha Shifa

teak leaf rice warms a handful of barefoot's dreams


Ken Sawitri

Painting by Jimat Achmadi

Haiku published for the first time in Under the Basho 2020, One-line Haiku, 16 November 2020

Note : ‘Teak leaf rice’ is cooked rice wrapped in a fresh teak leaf.

The leaf dispenses special colour and scent to the rice, especially when the rice is warm (hot).

― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta

World Haiku Series 2019 (93) Haiku by Ken Sawitri – Akita …

 A brief biographical statement

Ken Sawitri was born in Blora (Central Java, Indonesia), and completed her degree in psychology at Universitas Indonesia. During 1995-1998, she was writing from the desk of Psychology & Education of “Ayahbunda”

magazine. In her journey in learning to write haiku, she feels thankful that her English haiku and photo haiku were appreciated in Japan and other international publications. And in 2017, she was too, delighted for being invited by a Polish haikuist, Krzysztof Kokot, to translate into Bahasa Indonesia his four English haiku in his book “Wokot haiku – Around the Haiku” (Nowy Targ-Poznan, Kontekst Publishing House, 2017).

One of her haiku won the Second Prize in the 2013 “Diogen” Summer Haiku Contest. Another one was chosen to be made as a haiga by Ron C.

Moss (“A Hundred Gourds”, 2015). Then in 2016, it was published by Scott Metz & Lee Gurga in “Haiku 2016, 100 notable haiku from 2015”

(Modern Haiku Press, 2016) Her haiku about animal suffering was published in “Every Chicken, Cow, Fish and Frog: Animal Rights Haiku” edited by Robert Epstein and Miriam Wald (2016)

In collaboration with her husband, Jimat Achmadi, two of their photo haiku were awarded as the Editor’s Choice in “Cattails” (2014, May and September Edition). Some were selected to be published in The World Haiku Association (WHA) Haiga Contest (2015-2016) and some were exhibited in NHK World “HAIKU MASTERS” Gallery and TV program.

In collaboration with her daughter, Aisha Shifa, her photo haiku was chosen as the “Haiku Master of the Week 4” on January 2018.

Recently, her haiku were published in “World Haiku Review” – the official magazine of World Haiku Club curated by Susumu Takiguchi, in “English-Speaking Union Japan” (ESUJ) curated by Emiko Miyashita and Tetsuya Kotaki, “tinywords” (ISSN 2157-5010) – an  international, daily magazine of haiku and micropoetry, and “Seashores – an international journal to share the spirit of haiku”. This year, her senryu received the “Highly Commended” award in The Fifth Annual H.

Gene Murtha Senryu Contest (2020)

She dedicates her haiku for her motherland in “Listen, The Spice Whispers, haiku from Indonesian archipelago”

In the photo : Ken Sawitri with Aisha Shifa

My favorite photograph

One night in November 2019, my husband invite me to come into his studio. He let me sat in front of a 40x40 cm blank black canvas, and gave me a stick of white pastel. He often suggest me to draw but I said "I can't draw." This is a photograph of my first 'painting' on canvas. I am happy with my 'painting' and took a photograph that night, by myself.

Photo : Ken Sawitri, "Firefly Night" (2019), pastel on canvas

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