Haiku by Chen Xiaoou in China (7)

wagon lurches along
awakened sleepers soon
fall into sleep again     

ワゴンがよろめきながら進む
眠りこけた御者が目覚め
すぐまた眠りこける
 
falling blossom
pauses in the air
snapshot on my camera

散る花
空中で一時停止
私のカメラでスナップショット
 
in my hand
and so far away
the flying kite 

私の手にいながら
とっても遠いところに
揚がっている凧
 
dews glittering
in the morning sun
spider web  

露がきらめいている
朝日で
蜘蛛の巣       
 
grinding rocks
into sands on seashore
water and time

岩を砕いている
海岸の砂になる
水と時間 
 
evening party
drinking my cup of tea
with Susanna 

イブニングパーティー
お茶を飲む
スザンナと
 
my old father
sits in backyard watching
yellow leaves fall

年老いた私の父
裏庭に座って見ている
黄色の葉が落ちるのを

a barn swallow flits
among the skyscrapers and
lights onto an old house

ツバメがすいすい飛ぶ
高層ビルの間を
古い家に止まる 
a frog hanging
at the window of my
origami workroom

first published on Japan Society

蛙がぶら下がっている
私の窓に
折り紙の仕事部屋

― Translated by Hidenori Hiruta

A Chinese Haiku

莫射南来雁
思亲游子夜难眠
家书飞在天

I pray you 
not to shoot 
the northward goose
for the wandering son who
misses his family at sleepless nights
has been expecting from his parents
a message which the goose is
now carrying across the sky

私はあなたにお祈りします
撃たないように
北に向かうガンを
迷っている息子のために
眠れない夜に家族を恋しく思い
両親に期待している
ガンが運んでくるメッセージを
空を横切って

Here are three photos presented by Mr. Chen Xiaoou.

Note to the pictures:

My sixth lecture on English Haiku, which was held at Foreign Language Institute of Southeast Forestry University.

The directors of the institute Ms. Li Xiumei, Ms. Jiang Lihong and the director of English Department Mr. Liu Xiaokang were present.

Around 80 teachers and students attended the lecture.

One thought on “Haiku by Chen Xiaoou in China (7)

  1. Nice to see so many taking an interest in haiku. Poetry may be what saves us all. I shouldn’t pick favorites but this is my favorite:
    “parrots on branches
    a green spring perches
    on a winter tree”

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