World Haiku Series 2021 (24) Haiku by Kimberly Olmtak

a blend of
tropical dishes
multicultural fragrance

トロピカル料理の
ブレンド
多文化の香り

long strands of rain
 weigh down the leaves
weeping willow

長く降り続く雨
葉が重さで垂れ下がる
シダレヤナギ

silk threads
on old furniture
spider web

絹のような糸
古い家具に
蜘蛛の巣

bursts of salmon 
the excited fisherman 
abandons his fishing rod

サーモンのバースト
興奮した漁師
釣り竿を放りあげる

After the harvest
farmers take a nap
sheep clouds in the sky

収穫後
農民は昼寝
空に高積雲

summer breeze
grass reeds quiver
the rabbit too

夏の風
草の葦が揺れる
うさぎも

spring buds
tourists’ quizzical looks
a flower puzzle

春のつぼみ
観光客の奇妙なルックス
花のパズル

a woodpecker
drilling an old tree
forest fire

キツツキ
古い木に穴をあける
森林火災

departure
last touch of fingertips 
snow melts

出発
指先の最後のタッチ
雪が溶ける

hope in ruby eyes
orphans line up
seeds of pomegranate

ルビーのような目に希望
孤児が並ぶ
ザクロの種

Monique Kimberly Olmtak
10 October 2021
Paramaribo, Suriname

― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta 

Ms. Monique Kimberly Olmtak kindly and delightedly presented four photos to the World Haiku Series 2021.

Biography:

My name is Monique Kimberly Olmtak. 
I was born in Suriname, a country which lies in the northern part of South America. At present I live in the capital city of Paramaribo.
I am a retired teacher in English but still teach part-time at tertiary level. I am also a sworn translator and interpreter. 
I have always been keen on reading different genres, one of which is poetry. A couple of years ago my sister draw my attention to Japanese poetry, particularly haiku.  
Now I am fascinated by this form of poetry writing and I still have a long way to go. 
With its sub-tropical climate and densely forested environment I find plenty of beautiful images for haiku in my country. 
Besides, I have lived in the Netherlands for many years, so I also had the privilege of enjoying all the stunning images of the four seasons Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. 

One thought on “World Haiku Series 2021 (24) Haiku by Kimberly Olmtak

  1. Loved the image of “long strands of rain” haiku. There’s a weeping willow I pass by on my walks, I always “say hello to” 🙂 Another one of my favorites is “departure” – its last line may be interpreted as a new beginning – I like that.

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