Haiku by Chen Xiaoou in China (3)

one of the twinkling stars
comes so close to me 
ah! a firefly 

きらめく星の1つ
私にとても近づく
ああ! ホタル

caressing water
weeping willows
on lakeside

快く当る水
シダレヤナギ
湖畔に
     
I burn incense
and clean my hands, then
sit down to my haiku

お香を焚く
手をきれいにしてから
私の俳句に座る

a fresh breeze puffs
gentle ripples
on the lake

さわやかなそよ風が吹きかける
穏やかな波紋
湖上

smoke curls up
and up, merging into 
the cloud

煙が立ちのぼる
上空に、溶け込む
雲に

spring wind
cuts out willows
like scissors 

春の風
ヤナギを切り取る
はさみのように  

spring rain
love sprouts
inside me

春の雨
芽が大好き
私の内側

rain, please keep on
for she’s crossing
the bow bridge

 (published by Australian Haiku Society)

雨、降り続けてください
彼女が渡っているので
虹の橋を

I see blossoms
returning to twig
a bottle of wine

(published by Creatrix)

花が見える
小枝に戻るのを
ワインを一本

pouring waterfall
running silent and quiet
hanging on my wall

(published by Haiku Zbornika-Ludbreg)

注ぐ滝
静かに静かに走る
私の壁に掛かっている

― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta

Mr. Chen Xiaoou sends his email, saying “I have just come back from my hometown Fujian. So I attach a picture I took there, at the door of a cake shop, with the name of the chain shop calligraphed by my late grandfather, a famous calligrapher in my hometown, who lived 100 years.”

A REPORT by Mr. Chen Xiaoou

On 29 June and 16 July respectively Mr. Chen Xiaoou, a haiku poet in Kunming, China, held a second and a third lecture on English haiku, with altogether 24 people attending with great enthusiasm.

Each lecture was composed of four parts: (1) the origin of the art of haiku, (2) how it has spread all over the world, (3) the appreciation of classic haiku work and (4) the appreciation of modern haiku work.

The lecture was very much enjoyed by the participants, who made careful notes of interesting haiku pieces. Many of them expressed their surprise at the beauty and elegance of the art of haiku and at the fact that they have even never heard of it before!

Photos about his second lecture

Photos about his third lecture

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