Tanka by Vandana Parashar in India

an earring 
on the passenger's seat... 
he wipes out
last night's storm
from his car

イヤリング
助手席に
彼がぬぐい去る
昨夜の嵐を
車から

heart heavy 
with another loss
back in the house
not leaving me alone
a koel’s song

心が重い
またなくなった
家に戻る
私を一人にしないよう
オニカッコウの鳴き声

a sliver 
of day moon…
saree slips 
from the shoulder
of a nursing mom

細長い木切れ
白昼の月
サリーが滑る
肩から
授乳中のお母さん

on "business trips" 
always away from home...
no one noticed
the dust settling deep
in the cracks between us

「出張」中
いつも家から離れている
誰も気がつかなかった
ほこりが深く積もるのを
私たちの間の亀裂に

watching a poppy 
sway with the wind…
when did I start 
agreeing to  
whatever you say

ケシの花を見ている
風に揺れるのを
いつ始めたかしら
同意することを
あなたが言うことは何にでも

straining my eyes
to see through
the dense fog…
I didn’t realise
when crossed a line

目を凝らしながら
見ようと
濃い霧の中を
気づかなかった
いつ一線を越えたのか

a fresh coat of paint
on the run down house
are we too
crumbling behind
a bright facade 

ペンキの新しいコート
ボロ家に
私たちも
崩れるのだろうか
明るいファサードの背後に

waves crashing
on the beach...
the lingering sound 
of her song long after
she leaves

波が砕ける
ビーチに
長引く音
彼女の歌が
去った後もずっと

the skipping stone 
nowhere in sight now...
how quickly 
the conversation changes 
after the funeral

飛び石
今はどこにも見えない
なんて早く
会話は変わるのだろうか
葬式の後

watering a bonsai
in juvenile home . . . 
how does it feel
to blossom
uninhibited 

盆栽に水をまく
少年の家で
どんな感じですか
開花するように
抑制されずに

― Translated by Hidenori Hiruta

Here are 4 photos presented by Ms. Vandana Parashar.

My bio is as follows-

   Vandana Parashar is a postgraduate in Microbiology, an educator and a Haiku poet in progress. She started getting acquainted with and writing haiku in 2015 and soon found solace in it. 

   Her haiku, senryu and tanka have been published in many national and international journals of repute and has won her many prizes and accolades. Her haiku was also shortlisted for the prestigious Touchstone Award in 2021.

   Her debut e-chapbook “I Am” was published by Title IX Press in 2019, with her heart and soul put into the work. She currently resides in Panchkula with her husband, two daughters and her one-year-old puppy. 

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