World Haiku Series 2021 (11) Haiku by Deborah A. Bennett 

not yet spring -
the tree frogs sing on 
unmelted snow 

まだ春ではない
アマガエルが鳴く
溶けていない雪の上
*
we never ask
they keep offering -
cherry blossoms 

私たちは決して尋ねない
彼らは提供し続ける
桜の花
*
learning not to cling 
to this floating world -
heron ascending in snow 

しがみつかないことを学ぶ
この浮いている世界に
雪の中で昇るサギ
*
walking home
from the bodega -
the smell of apples in snow 

家に帰る
ボデガから
雪の中のリンゴの匂い
*
before the news 
the light
in the middle of the lake 

ニュースの前に
光
湖の真ん中に
*
being an island 
unto oneself -
full winter moon 

島であること
自分自身になる
冬の満月
*
an old woman's cares 
are hard to sweep away -
falling snow 

老女の気遣い
一掃するのは難しい
降っている雪
*
pond at dusk -
watching the moon 
watching the moon 

夕暮れ時の池
月見
月見
*
burning leaves 
all day long -
the eagle circles 

燃えている葉
一日中 
ワシが旋回する
*
teaching the child 
to hold it to the light -
autumn dusk

子供に教える
それを明かりにかざして見るように
秋の夕暮れ
*
― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta

Deborah A. Bennett has been a haiku writer for thirty years.

Her work has most recently been published in Rattle Magazine. 

3 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2021 (11) Haiku by Deborah A. Bennett 

  1. I enjoyed them all, all wonderful images. Especially “an island to oneself…” which reflects my life with Covid lurking near.

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