World Haiku Series 2021 (78) Haiku by Bina Sarkar Ellias

NOTE:

Faithful to the Japanese haiku rhythm of 5-7-5 syllables, (unlike many modern haiku practitioners who do not necessarily follow that format), I have tried to maintain the discipline in the English language. Kindly credit the haiku to my first name only: bina (all in small letters)

1.

reticent rain clouds

drift into a dry dark sky

like slow afterthoughts

気乗りのしない雨雲

乾燥した暗い空に漂う

ゆっくりと考え直したように

2.

give me a drizzle

this warm melancholic day

some sepia tales

霧雨をください

この暖かい憂鬱な日

いくつかのセピア色の物語

3.

an apricot sun

a lazy lingering dusk

cows in slow-motion

アンズ色の太陽

ゆっくり長引く夕暮れ

スローモーションの牛

4.

the weary day

sleeps in the shelter of night~

homeless wanderer

疲れた日

夜の避難所で眠る

ホームレスの放浪者

5.

rising in the sky
like a realisation
mesmerising moon

空に昇る

悟りのように

魅惑的な月

6.

the tree stands alone

a man lost in reverie

lonely as a cloud

木が1本独りで立っている

夢想の中で迷子になった男

雲のように孤独。

7.

music of raindrops

in the empty theatre

of my sleepless night

雨滴の音楽

眠れない夜の

からの劇場で

8.

melting on my tongue

a seductive sunset

like sweet memories

舌に溶ける

魅惑的な夕日

甘い思い出のように

9.

days of solitude

heat melts the migrant worker

a storm rips my soul

孤独の日々

暑さが移民労働者を溶かす

嵐が私の魂を引き裂く

― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta

Bio:

Bina Sarkar Ellias is a poet, fiction-writer, art curator and founder-editor-designer-publisher of International Gallerie, a global arts and ideas journal since 1997.

Her second book of poems ‘Fuse’ has been taught at Towson University, USA. 

Her 6th book of poems ‘Song of a Rebel’ was released in 2020. 

Her poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Greek, Chinese, Arabic and Urdu. 

Amongst other awards, she has received the Times Group Yami Women Achievers’ Award, in 2008, and the FICCI/FLO award for excellence in her work, in 2013.

3 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2021 (78) Haiku by Bina Sarkar Ellias

  1. Dear Hiruta San

    Profound thanks to you for translating my haiku. Much appreciate your kind efforts. Arrigatto gozaimasu…

    Warm wishes from Bombay,
    Bina

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