I received an e-mail from Chen-ou Liu,Canada.

Dear Mr. Hidenori Hiruta

I came across your website while looking for the haiku written in different languages.  I was amazed by your efforts in spreading a love for Japanese short form poetry.  I wish you success in all your endeavors.
And I would like to submit the following poems for your consideration for publication on the Akita International HST Network. I shall be pleased if you translate some that appeal you much.
Warm Regards
Chen-ou Liu 
First of all, let me take up a brief bio of Chen-ou Liu:
Chen-ou Liu was born in Taiwan and emigrated to Canada in 2002. He lives in Ajax, a suburb of Toronto, where he has been struggling with a life in transition and translation.

Chen-ou is a contributing writer for Rust+Moth and Haijinx. His poetry has been published and anthologized worldwide. His tanka have been honored with awards, including the Saigyo Awards for Tanka 2009 (honorable mention) and the 2009 San Francisco International Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Rengay Competition (tanka third place).

For more information about Chen-ou’s writing career, please read An Interview with Chen-ou Liu by Robert D. Wilson

 (accessed at http://simplyhaiku.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/interview-with-chen/).

 And read more of his poetry at his website,

 Poetry in the Moment (http://chenouliu.blogspot.com/).

All the best,
Chen-ou Liu

  

 

Next I present some of his senryu with my Japanese translation.

 Here are the 2nd set of my senryu (asked by you and sent on Saturday, October 30, 2010)

 

 

I kneel
before the stone cross; a fly
wringing its hands

跪く

石の十字架の前で;ハエが一匹

両手をこすりながら
 

again, he waits
in line to buy Super 7…
new moon

再び、彼は待つ

スーパー7を買うために列に並んで...

新月

 

 

guests long gone…
debating over the price
of the gift

お客さんたちはとっくに去った...

値段を議論しながら

その贈り物の
 

subway station…
all ears are covered
with headphone sets

地下鉄の駅...

耳がみんな覆われている

ヘッドホン装置で
 

her thigh prints
on the waiting room sofa
two watermelons

彼女のももの跡

待合室のソファに

二つの西瓜

 


Buffet King at dusk
enough on your plate
yes, divorced and broke

たそがれのブッフェ・キング

あなたの皿の上は十分

そう、離婚と破局

 


an eagle’s
shadow circles me…
chicken dinner?

影が私の周りを回る...

鶏の夕食?

 


catwalk models…
rows of middle-aged men
sit quietly

キャットウォークの模型...

横に並んだ何列もの中高年の男たち

静かに座っている

 


rewriting poems all day
a voice sounds like my own
yelling, Enough!

終日詩を書き直している

自分の声のような声が聞こえる

「十分!」 と大声をあげている

 


from hymn to hymn
the Sunday sermon takes
the shape of her face

賛美歌から賛美歌へ

日曜のお説教は取る

彼女の顔の形を

 

 
The next posting ‘Haiku by Oprica Padeanu, Romania (1) on July 21.

 

― Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

I received an e-mail from Chen-ou Liu,Canada.

Dear Mr. Hidenori Hiruta

I came across your website while looking for the haiku written in different languages.  I was amazed by your efforts in spreading a love for Japanese short form poetry.  I wish you success in all your endeavors.
And I would like to submit the following poems for your consideration for publication on the Akita International HST Network. I shall be pleased if you translate some that appeal you much.
Warm Regards
Chen-ou Liu

First of all, let me take up a brief bio of Chen-ou Liu:
Chen-ou Liu was born in Taiwan and emigrated to Canada in 2002. He lives in Ajax, a suburb of Toronto, where he has been struggling with a life in transition and translation.

Chen-ou is a contributing writer for Rust+Moth and Haijinx. His poetry has been published and anthologized worldwide. His tanka have been honored with awards, including the Saigyo Awards for Tanka 2009 (honorable mention) and the 2009 San Francisco International Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Rengay Competition (tanka third place).

For more information about Chen-ou’s writing career, please read An Interview with Chen-ou Liu by Robert D. Wilson

 (accessed at http://simplyhaiku.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/interview-with-chen/).

 And read more of his poetry at his website,

 Poetry in the Moment (http://chenouliu.blogspot.com/).

All the best,
Chen-ou Liu

 

 

 

Next I present some of his senryu with my Japanese translation.

 

1st set of his Senryu: (sent along with haiku and tanka on Wednesday, September 8, 2010

 

the bat
flitting here and there…
Chen-ou or Eric

 

コウモリ

あちこちすいすい飛んでいる...

チェン・オウまたはエリック

 

Easter morning:
sunlight reflected
from the wine glass

 

復活祭の朝

日光が反射している

ワイングラスから


deep tissue massage —
what happens between
the poet and words?

 

ディープティッシュマッサージ ―

どんなことが起こるの

詩人と言葉に

 

Good Friday
deep inside his mouth
no more “why?”

 

良い金曜日

彼の口の内側深くに

もう「なぜ?」はない


after Fitzcarraldo
I go around for hours wearing
the actor’s face

 

「フィッツカラルド」を観た後...

何時間も歩き回る

俳優の表情を浮かべながら


Fine Art Gallery
full of still life paintings
her bouncing breasts

 

すばらしい画廊

今だに生き生きとした絵画

彼女の大きな乳房


immortal through cloning…
he wonders what to do
on a Sunday

 

クローンにより不死身...

彼は何をすべきかと思う

ある日曜日

 

 

Lastly, let me add three tanka by Chen-ou Liu.

 

the threads
of a thousand poems
dangle on
the tip of a crescent moon
over my attic  

一千の詩の糸下がる三日月の先見えるなり屋根裏の上


my days
aren’t graphed in ideograms
but lined up
like the English alphabet –
Chinese in the promised land

我が日々は表意文字では示されぬ英文字のごと中国語なら

 

I close
the valves of my heart
to the world of red dust
solitude and I
are now of the same race

塵の世へ心臓弁を我閉じる孤独と我は今同種なり

 

 The next posting ‘For New Year 2012 (14) : Photo Haiku byIoana Dinescu,Romania  ’ appears on July 7.

     

                                                            ― Hidenori Hiruta 

 

On the third day, we refer to the first experiences the moon rabbit had.

What a wonderful experience it is to see the first sunrise of the New Year!

 

 

 

Secondly, the rabbits enjoy the poetry recitation, sharing international haiku with each other.

 

Claire Gardien (France)    クレイア・ガーディアン(フランス) 

  

two thousand eleven             2011年
beginning to count the days
        日のカウントが始まる
of the rabbit year
               兎年の

icycles circle                 つららが取り囲む
the mahonnia’s
              ひいらぎなんてんの
green leaves
                    緑の葉
and,
                           そして、
“crimson crystallised rosehips”
   深紅色の結晶のバラの実を 

 

 

Taro Kunugi (Japan)                 功刀太郎 (日本)

  

like pellets

sparrows blown across orchards 木枯らしやゴミのごと雀飛ばされて 

wintry gust

   

mountains

hastily brushed white           初雪はひと刷け白し山々を

the first snow

 

Rona Laban (USA)      ロナ・ラバン(アメリカ)

 Life is a journey            人生は旅
old cat sleeping on futon 
    老猫が布団の上で眠っている
road in the distance
          道遠し 

 

Fall                          

smoke rising above          煙が立ちのぼっている
red leaves falling to the ground
  赤い葉が地面に落ちる
black dog by my side
         私のそばには黒い犬 

 

Patricia Lidia (Romania)  パトリシア・リデア(ルーマニア)

 

fairytales                     おとぎ話を聞く

in front of the stove –        ストーブの前で 

childhood memories        子供の頃の思い出

 

 on a rabbit’s back           兎の背に乗って

hopping in New Year –        新年に跳んでいる

new resolutions             新しい抱負が 

 

Chen-ou Liu (Canada)           劉鎮歐(カナダ)

 

New Year’s Eve
a white rabbit falls
     大晦日夢にあらはる白兎
into my dream

(Note: 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which is said to be fortunate)

注:2011年は兎年で、幸運であると言われている。

 

New Year’s morning
standing before the mirror
  元旦の鏡に映るは我なりや
it’s me, and yet …

Wayne Malcolm (USA)            ウエイン・マルコム(アメリカ)

 

 “Hooves”                      足音

 

Hallowed Christmas Eve         聖なるクリスマスイブ     

Rumbling sound of shoppers’ hooves  買い物客の騒音

Or, St. Nick’s reindeer    それとも、聖ニコラスのトナカイの音か

 

“On the Job with St. Nick”      聖ニコラスと一緒の仕事で

 

Jolly jovial,                 陽気な、陽気な、そんな魂が

Plumb soul brings bags of presents プレゼントの袋を持ってくる

Leave milk and cookies         ミルクとクッキーを置いて行く

 

“The Hope”                        希望

 

I am dreaming of           純白なクリスマスを夢見ている

Christmas white and pure for ALL  全ての人のための

Peace amongst US all        私たち全ての人のために平和を   

 

 

Junko Masuda (Japan)        桝田純子 (日本)

 

one more dream
getting bigger                
 
またひとつ夢ふくらんで年明ける
new year’s day

pray for God
best friend’s miracle
     神様に友の奇跡を祈る元旦(あさ)
of recovery

 

 

Helen McCarthy (UK)               ヘレン・マカーシイ(イギリス)

 

In this quiet glade      リスが遊び、鳥が囀るこの静かな林間の

Where squirrels play and birds sing   空き地では

The year does not end            年は明けない

 

 

We mark an ending:             終わりを印す

Pine cones fall on snow, plum trees  松かさが雪に落ち

Prepare to blossom          梅の花が咲く準備をしている

 

 

John McDonald (UK)    ジョン・マクドナルド(イギリス)

 

 

auld feres lavein  –

snaw faws

fouin thair fitprents

 

old friends leaving  – 

snow falls            旧友のゆく足跡に雪が降る

filling their footprints

 

auld monk

tentie o the veesitors  –

wund yerks’s baird

  

old monk

watching the visitors  –  客を見る老僧のひげ風が引く

wind tugs his beard

 

Maya Melivyanti       マヤ・メリヴァヤンティ

(Indonesia)                    (インドネシア)

 

 

Spring in December             12月の春

A year has passed by             年の暮れ           

the flowers bloom in your eyes   あなたの目に花が咲く
spring in December              12月の春

New Year                      新年

the wind still dancing        風がまだ舞っている 
a glimpse of you in my mind 心の中にあなたがちらっと浮かぶ
when the rain will stop?      雨がやむのはいつかしら

a morning prayer
The still of mind in silent
    朝祈る心静かに年明ける

a new year has come

 

 

Emiko Miyashita (Japan)            宮下惠美子 (日本)

the first page
of my diary
           初日記すでに土曜でありにけり  
already Saturday         

from deep inside
my down-filled pillow
     羽毛枕すつぽりかぶり初鴉   
the first caw                             

Vasile Moldovan (Romania) ヴァシル・モルドヴァン(ルーマニア)

First dream of the year:
to melt I myself in your arms
   初夢や雪片のごと腕の中
just like a snowflake

First shadows
on the way home-         
New Year full moon

 新年の満月を見る初の影

Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu クリスティナ・M・モルドヴィーヌ

Romania)              (ルーマニア)

 

New Year’s snow –

last night’s cinders  新年の雪昨夜の灰暖炉を満たす

fill the fireplace

 

day breaking

another globe fell    黎明やクリスマスツリーから別世界

from the Christmas tree

 

Christmas alone –        クリスマス

the old man wears shoes   老人が靴を履く 

with new laces          新しいひもをつけて

 

The next posting ‘International Haiku New Year’s Festival (Part 4)’ appears on January 4.

 

                                                            ― Hidenori Hiruta

 

Dr. Akito Arima 有馬朗人is President of the Haiku International Association (HIA)国際俳句交流協会(http://www.haiku-hia.com), a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting haiku globally.

Dr. Arima also leads the haiku group Ten’I (Providence)天為(http://haikunet.info).

 

 

 

On December 2, I received HAIKU INTERNATIONAL NO.91 published on November 30, 2010.

In the magazine they reported the results of the 12th HIA Haiku contestHIA俳句大会, which was such a nice surprise to me.

That was because I found haiku by two friends of mine in the report.

One haikuist is Chen-ou Liu, who kindly contributed his haiku and tanka to our network.

Chen-ou Liu’s haiku was posted in the website on September 25, and tanka, on October 30.

The other haikuist is Roberta Beary, who kindly contributed her haiku for Int’l Haiku Spring Festival 2010 held by the Akita International Haiku Network with our sister festival 2010 Bath Japanese Festival.

I posted some of Roberta’s haiku from her book nothing left to say  for the festival in the website on May 12.

I would like to express my hearty congratulations on such nice creations of haiku by Chen-ou Liu and Roberta Beary.    

 

Here I post the names of haiku poets and their haiku selected as prize winners and honorable mentions (Non-Japanese Section). I also post their haiku translated into Japanese.

 

 

木内徹選  (Selected by Toru Kiuchi)

 

 

特選 (Prize Winners)        

 

 

Chen-ou Liu (Canada)          チェン・ウー・リュー(カナダ)

 

autumn dusk・・・           秋の夕暮れ・・・ 

I stir my coffee            コーヒーをかき回す

anticlockwise             時計と反対で回りで

 

 

Kevin O’Donnel (New Zealand)       ケヴィン・オドネル(ンユージーランド)

 

the winter sun                冬の日が

stretches your shadow          あなたの影を伸ばす

as far as a seagull’s call       カモメの呼び声と同じくらい遠くへ

 

 

入選 (Honorable Mentions)

 

 

Dubravko Korbus (Croatia)        ドゥブラウコ・コルブス(クロアチア)

 

the first snowflakes           初雪が

hold down a bowed back of       こごんだ背中をさらに押しつける

the scarecrow                    かかしの

 

 

Darrel Lindsey (U.S.A)          ダレル・リンゼイ(アメリカ)

 

outside the asylum           収容所施設の外で

the vertigo                     眩暈が  

of flowers                     花の

 

 

Lyle Rumpel (Canada)          ライル・ランベル(カナダ)

 

night owl                   夜のフクロウ

the forest grows             森がふくらむ 

between calls                鳴き声のあいだに

 

 

Roberta Beary (U.S.A.)             ロバータ・ベアリー(アメリカ)

 

cherry blossoms             桜の花

the incessant sound           止めどなく

of mother’s cough             母が咳き込む 

 

 

木村聡雄選  (Selected by Toshio Kimura)

 

 

特選 (Prize Winners)

 

Urszula  Wielanowska (Poland)     ウルスラ・ウイラノブスカ(ポーランド)

 

gondola                            ゴンドラ

emerges from the mist           霞より現れて

the end of the canto            歌の終り 

 

 

Florentina Loredana Dalian (Romania) フロレンティナL・ダリアン(ルーマニア)

 

Leaving behind              あとには

a sad lotus in bloom         悲しげな蓮の花 

an alone rower              ひとり漕ぐ

 

 

入選 (Honorable Mentions)

 

M Fazio (Australia)           M・ファチィオ(オーストラリア)   

 

the town clock                   町の時計

chimes three-regretting        私三時を打てば―悔いる

my words                       我が言葉

 

 

Valeria Simonova-Cec (Italy)      ヴァレリア・シモノヴァチェク(イタリー)

 

cold marble                   ひんやりと大理石

on St. John’s lips            聖ヨハネの唇に

the unspoken word           語られないままの言葉

 

 

Robert Naczas  (Ireland)        ロバート・ナクザス(アイルランド)

                                                  

idle morning ―                けだるい朝

passing magpie                 よぎるカササギ

steals my thought                   我が想いをかすめ  

 

 

Malcolm Creese (UK)           マルコム・クリース(イギリス)

 

With only two notes                  たった二言で

the cuckoo says more than the      カッコウは

blackbird ever can                    ツグミより多くの歌を

 

 

Last of all, I refer to what HIA President Akito Arima concluded in the international symposium titled Haiku Worldwide – Present and Future.

The symposium was given for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of HIA on November 28, 2009 in Tokyo.

As panelists, they had Annie Bachini, President of the British Haiku Society, Lenard Moore, president of the Haiku Society of America, Marijan Cekoji, president of the Croatian Haiku Society, Stephan Wolfschutz, president of the German Haiku Society, and Dr. Akito Arima.

Tsunehiko Hoshino, HIA vice-president played a role of coordinator.

 

 

 

Dr. Arima predicted as follows:

Haiku will spread out to the world more because of its brevity and its coexistence with nature.

At present, some young people in Japan write the short poems of three lines: haiku.

As a result, people overseas will have more chances to read English haiku written by native speakers of Japanese.

The international haiku contests could be held on the Internet worldwide in 20 or 30 years. This might be possible because haiku is written in the shortest form of poetry.

 

We sincerely hope that haiku will be loved in English as well as in their own languages.

 

                         By  Hidenori Hiruta

                         HIA member

 

 

 On September I received an e-mail from Chen-ou Liu.

Dear Mr. Hidenori Hiruta
I came across your website while looking for the haiku written in different languages.  I was amazed by your efforts in spreading a love for Japanese short form poetry.  I wish you success in all your endeavors.
And I would like to submit the following poems for your consideration for publication on the Akita International HST Network. I shall be pleased if you translate some that appeal you much.
Warm Regards
Chen-ou Liu
 
  
 

 


 

First of all, I would like to refer to a brief bio of Chen-ou Liu:
Chen-ou Liu was born in Taiwan and emigrated to Canada in 2002. He lives in Ajax, a suburb of Toronto, where he has been struggling with a life in transition and translation.
    

Chen-ou is a contributing writer for Rust+Moth and Haijinx. His poetry has been published and anthologized worldwide. His tanka have been honored with awards, including the Saigyo Awards for Tanka 2009 (honorable mention) and the 2009 San Francisco International Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Rengay Competition (tanka third place).
For more information about Chen-ou’s writing career, please read An Interview with Chen-ou Liu by Robert D. Wilson  
 

 

 (accessed at http://simplyhaiku.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/interview-with-chen/).

 And read more of his poetry at his website,

 Poetry in the Moment (http://chenouliu.blogspot.com/).

All the best,
Chen-ou Li

 

 

Next I present some of his tanka with my Japanese translations.

 

Tanka:

bare trees
stand along the road
in a row
seeing me off
to another world
 
    

裸の木列なし道に沿い立って我の他界を見送るごとし

 

  

the threads
of a thousand poems
dangle on
the tip of a crescent moon
over my attic   
   

 

 

一千の詩の糸下がる三日月の先見えるなり屋根裏の上

 


between
that first gulp of air
and last breath —
a transitional flow
of yin and yang
 
    

初息から最後の呼吸一生は陰と陽とが替わりて流る

 


a blue bird
darts into blossoms and out
unsettled
I wander and yearn
my hometown an ocean away
 
    

青い鳥花へ飛びこみ落ち着かず我さすらいて故郷慕う

 


standing alone
by the main entrance
of the airport
I ponder the verb wait
transitive or intransitive
  
    

空港の入り口に立ち沈思する動詞の待つは他または自かと

 


my world
is coiled on rolls of film
and projected nightly
on the screen of my mind —
when is the reel world not real?
 
   

我が世界心のフィルム写し撮り夜ごとに映り実在すなり

 


Baker’s Bliss
sets out its morning bread
on the racks
I am drunk
on the spring breeze
  
 
 

 

朝パンを棚に並べるパン屋さん我酔いどれて春風を受く

 


yesterday
will be the same
for tomorrow never changes —
the kite of my days
cut from the string of Life
  
    

昨日また明日も変わらず同じかな我が世の凧は糸切られけり

 


if I put
a gun in my mouth
and splatter
my brain on cherry blossoms…
a timeless jisei?
 
     

口に銃桜の上の頭散る永遠の自制や起こすまじなり

 


my days
aren’t graphed in ideograms
but lined up
like the English alphabet —
Chinese in the promised land
   

 

 

我が日々は表意文字では示されぬ英文字のごと中国語なら

 


gazing
in the mirror
a stranger
stares back at me
a man with no eyes
   
 
 

 

鏡見る見知らぬ人が見返して我を見つめる目のない男

 


living alone
in a world of one color
loneliness
devours each hour
then neglects the rest
    

一色の世界にひとり住んでいる孤独時飲み他を無視すなり

 


I close
the valves of my heart
to the world of red dust
solitude and I
are now of the same race

 

塵の世に心臓弁を我閉じる孤独と我は今同種なり

(Note: Red dust is a Buddhist set-phrase for the world and its passions)
 
 
 
 
I sincerely hope that you will be absorbed in tanka world of Chen–ou Liu.

 

The next posting ‘Haiku by Kaa. Na. Kalyanasundaram in India (1) ’  appears on November 6.

 

 

― Hidenori  Hiruta  

 
 

 

 

 

 On September 9,  I received an e-mail from Chen-ou Liu.

Dear Mr. Hidenori Hiruta

I came across your website while looking for the haiku written in different languages.  I was amazed by your efforts in spreading a love for Japanese short form poetry.  I wish you success in all your endeavors.
And I would like to submit the following poems for your consideration for publication on the Akita International HST Network. I shall be pleased if you translate some that appeal you much.
Warm Regards
Chen-ou Liu

First of all, I would like to refer to a brief bio of Chen-ou Liu:
Chen-ou Liu was born in Taiwan and emigrated to Canada in 2002. He lives in Ajax, a suburb of Toronto, where he has been struggling with a life in transition and translation.

Chen-ou is a contributing writer for Rust+Moth and Haijinx. His poetry has been published and anthologized worldwide. His tanka have been honored with awards, including the Saigyo Awards for Tanka 2009 (honorable mention) and the 2009 San Francisco International Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Rengay Competition (tanka third place).

For more information about Chen-ou’s writing career, please read An Interview with Chen-ou Liu by Robert D. Wilson

 (accessed at http://simplyhaiku.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/interview-with-chen/).

 And read more of his poetry at his website,

 Poetry in the Moment (http://chenouliu.blogspot.com/).

All the best,
Chen-ou Liu

Next I present some of his haiku with my Japanese translations.

Haiku:

blue moon…
the shadow walks
with me

 

青い月私と共に影歩く

 

with my black eyes
I hear snowflake murmur
to snowflake

 

黒痣の目で聞く雪片のつぶやきを

 

over the attic
where the boy lives
kites still fly

 

屋根裏に住む男の子凧揚げる

 

snow moon…
around the foreclosed house
a dog wanders

 

冬の月差し押さえの家犬歩く

 

the eagle
flaps its caged wings
summer scent

 

囚われの鷲羽ばたくや夏の香

 

whirling snowflakes…
in a butterfly’s dream
one hundred years

雪の渦蝶の夢には百年も
 

 

crescent moon
the purple middle
of an iris

 

新月やアイリスの紫の芯

 

first quarter moon
He Said, She Said
on the stereo

 

上弦の月男女が話すステレオで

 

spring stars blinking
city lights stay on…
Earth Hour

春星明滅町の光も地の時間

 

Valentine’s Day
opening up for everyone
a bit of me

バレンタインデー皆のために私にも少し

 

east wind
from the Pacific
my feet itchy

 

太平洋から東風足がかゆい

 

M, poet
seeking partner


winter moon

 

月の連れ詩人の求む冬の月

 

the master warns
keep your concentration
fluorescent lights hum

 

主の注意

 

集中を保てハミングする蛍光

 

autumn dawn…
remnants of that dream
lingers

 

秋の夜明け夢の残りが長らえり

 

clear spring sky…
I am seeing into
yesterday

 

春の空昨日を見ている我が身かな



gazing at
a bright rectangle of sky…
poetry class

 

長方形の空見つめたり詩のクラス


the shape
of the world the girl lives in…
hospital window

 

少女の住む世界病院の窓から

 

night deepens…
nothing left between
the blue moon and me

 

夜が更けて青い月と我の間に何もなし

 

autumn gusts

Jesus and Buddha sit

beside me

 

秋の突風イエスと仏陀が我のそば

 

 

I sincerely hope that you will be absorbed in haiku world of Chen–ou Liu.

The next posting ‘Haiku by Wahyu W. Basjir in Indonesia (1) ’  appears on October 2.

― Hidenori  Hiruta