Haiku by Vladislava Simonova in Ukraine (5)

The Situation in Kharkiv

Last month the situation in Kharkiv got worse. A few weeks ago a missile dropped right on the plant building in front of my home. This experience is unforgettable. Powerful explosion woke me up at 4 am. Through my window I saw fire higher than three floored buildings. Some windows in my house broke.

I am anxious about the coming of autumn. Soon my studies will end and I will have to look for a job. So my family is considering moving to another city where our relatives live. 

Writing poems is one of few things that can make me feel better nowadays. I am pleased to share them with you and all haiku lovers worldwide. 

Latest haiku

written near the destroyed university

Wind shakes
the torn curtains
a flight of butterfly

風に揺れる
引き裂かれたカーテン
蝶の飛行
***

Curfew blackout

  Shine of the stars
  as if city lights
  went to heaven

  星の輝き
  街の明かりが
  天国に行ったかのよう
***

We will celebrate
the end of the war
with no fireworks

私たちは祝います
戦争の終わりを
花火は揚げないで

On ruins of house
a cup is waiting
for owner

家の廃墟にて
カップが待っている
持ち主を

Evacuation map
is miraculously intact
in destroyed school

避難マップ
奇跡的に無傷
破壊された学校で

A soldier in park
is touching his empty sleeve
again and again

公園の兵士
空の袖に触れている
何回も何回も

Endless night
explosions woke me up
once again…

長い長い夜
爆発で目が覚めた
もう一度…

― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta

Bio:

On February 4, 2019, Ms. Vladislava Simonova, who is the winner of JAL FOUNDATION AWARD in the Russian section of the 7th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest 2018, shared her haiku about winter time, her brief bio, and her photo.

Please check out the website below, and you will find her haiku.

Haiku by Vladislava Simonova in Ukraine

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