Thursday, June 22, 2017

Butterfly Dream: Wildflowers Haiku by Elliot Nicely

English Original

abandoned greenhouse
inside and out

bottle rockets, 20, 2009

Elliot Nicely

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Elliot Nicely is the author of Tangled Shadows: Senryu and Haiku (Rosenberry Books) and resides in Lakewood, Ohio.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Butterfly Dream: Otsukimi Haiku by Maria Laura Valente

English Original

otsukimi --
a pink quartz heart
on her necklace

Asahi Haikuist Network, 18, 2016

Maria Laura Valente

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

中秋賞月 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

中秋赏月 --

Bio Sketch

Maria Laura Valente is an Italian poet. Lately, she has won awards in several italian haiku and poetry  contests. Her English haiku and senryu have been published in many journals and columns.  Her new Italian poetry book, Lustralia – Abluzioni Liriche, has just been published. Her  haiku collection will be published in 2017.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Room of My Own: Yin and Yang of Changing Seasons

smell of winter
puddles rainbowed
with oil

children's laughter
drifting on the breeze 
taste of spring

One Man's Maple Moon: Calligraphy Tanka by Maria Tomczak

English Original

calligraphy ink
drips from a tip
of the finger
in my mind those words
I never said

A Hundred Gourds, 5:1, December 2015

Maria Tomczak

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Maria Tomczak lives in Opole, Poland. She enjoys writing haiku, poems and short stories. As a mother she also writes fairy tales for her son. She is interested in Japanese culture and poetry, especially haiku and related forms.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Butterfly Dream: House Clearance Haiku by Alan Summers

English Original

house clearance
room by room by room
my mother disappears

Blithe Spirit, 26:1, March 2016

Alan Summers

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Alan Summers, Japan Times award-winning writer, is the incoming President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society. He enjoys French and Indian cuisine; and scrambled or poached eggs with spinach for breakfast. His book Writing Poetry: the haiku way is due out during 2017.  Blog:

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Butterfly Dream: Wasp Haiku by Adelaide B. Shaw

English Original

a wasp
caught between window and screen --
the paths we take

Adelaide B. Shaw

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

卡在窗戶和窗簾之間 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

卡在窗户和窗簾之间 --

Bio Sketch

Adelaide B. Shaw lives in Milbrook, NY with her husband. She has published short fiction, children’s poetry and stories, haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga. She has served as an editor and as a contest judge for Japanese style poetry. Her haiku blog is: Her haiku collection, An Unknown Road, won a 2009 Merit Book Award sponsored by the Haiku Association of America.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

One Man's Maple Moon: Footprints Tanka by Kristyn Blessing

English Original

the hills catch fire
tourists wear sunglasses
and place their shoes
in the footprints
of the dead

Modern English Tanka, 3:3, Fall 2009

Kristyn Blessing

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Kristyn Blessing has been writing tanka, haiku, and short poetry for 15 years. She teaches English as a Second Language and Composition at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She has had poetry published in various places including Modern English Tanka, American Tanka, and Failed Haiku.

Poetic Musings: American Deaths Haiku by Scott Metz

only american deaths count the stars

Modern Haiku, 40:1, 2009

Scott Metz

Commentary by Philip Rowland: This concisely demonstrates the ambiguity that the one-line form affords. With the word “count” acting as a hinge, the poem makes a general, bitterly ironic claim: “only american deaths count.” However, it also allows for the verb to be read as an imperative (“count the stars”), so putting the claim in a broader, indeed cosmic, perspective—even while “stars” resonates satirically, in the popular sense akin to “heroes.” While traditionalists might dismiss the poem as too “message-y,” it touches on an important political topic and emotion in a particularly concise yet evocative way.
-- excerpted from "New Directions in English-Language Haiku: An Overview and Assessment" (IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship, 2:2, September 2013, p. 57)

Scott effectively creates the cut with a pivotal word, "cut," and structures the haiku into two contrasting parts that "work dialectically and [touch] on an important political topic and emotion in a particularly concise yet evocative way." His sociopolitically conscious poem reminds me of the following 2-line haiku:

war dead
exit out of a blue mathematics

Sumimura Seirinshi

For more information about the effective use of one-line haiku, see my "To the Lighthouse" posts, "To Be or Not to Be a One-line Haiku?" and "Reexamining One-Line Haiku."

Friday, June 16, 2017

Butterfly Dream: Love Note Haiku by Cynthia Rowe

English Original

love note
another fold
in my origami

Creatrix, 28, March 2015

Cynthia Rowe

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Cynthia Rowe is Past President: Australian Haiku Society; Editor: Haiku Xpressions; Past President: Eastern Suburbs Branch FAW NSW. A University of Melbourne graduate in French and Philosophy, she was awarded a Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française by the French Ministry of Education. She has published seven novels, poetry collections Driftwood and Floating Nest (winner of the SWW Book Awards 2016).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

One Man's Maple Moon: Death Tanka by LeRoy Gorman

English Original

the drone
of a city going home
fills the hour
you move
from coma to death

Gusts, 9, Spring/Summer 2009

LeRoy Gorman

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LeRoy Gorman writes mostly minimalist and visual poetry.  His most recent book, fast enough to leave this world, is one of tanka collections published by Inkling Press, Edmonton.  More information on his writing can be found at the American Haiku Archives where he served as the Honorary Curator for 2012-2013

Butterfly Dream: Wind Haiku by Helga Stania

English Original

petroglyphs  o n l y  t h e  w  i  n  d     

A Hundred Gourds, 4:1, December 2014

Helga Stania

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

史前岩畫 只  有  風

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

史前岩画 只  有  风

Bio Sketch

Helga Stania lives in Switzerland. She writes haiku, tanka, haibun and creates haiga. Her work appears in print and online journals and anthologies.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Butterfly Dream: Starry Night Haiku by H. Gene Murtha

English Original

starry night
reeds bow
in a loon's wake

Biding Time: Selected Poems 2001-2013, 2013

H. Gene Murtha

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H. Gene Murtha, a naturalist and poet, sponsored and judged the first haiku contest for the inner city children of Camden, NJ., for the Virgilio Group, of which he was a lifetime member. He was widely published for his work in haikai literature from the USA to Japan.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cool Announcement: My Journey into the Land of Music

My Dear Poets and Readers:

In the back of my mind echo Basho's  words, "Every day is a journey, and the journey itself home." In a few hours, I'll embark on a journey into Austria, the Land of Music, and hopefully I'll be back in shape on June 13th.

starlight ...
my midlife drained of all
but hunger
for these magic words,
NeverEnding Story

on the windowsill
two canaries singing
to each other
I tweet and retweet
NeverEnding Story

Many thanks for your ongoing support of my translation project and for helping increase NeverEnding Story's readership. And I Look forward to reading your new work (see 2017 haiku and tanka anthology submission guidelines)

Have a great Summer!


Note: The accepted haiku/tanka will be translated into Chinese and posted on NeverEnding Story and Twitter (You are welcome to follow NeverEnding Story on Twitter at @storyhaikutanka, following: 6, followers: 1,147) and retweeted by Chen-ou Liu (You are welcome to follow Chen-ou Liu on Twitter at @ericcoliu, following: 4, followers: 2,969) to reach a wider readership.

Butterfly Dream: Beach Haiku by Michael Dylan Welch

English Original

only so far
onto the beach
tracks of a wheelchair

tinywords, 15:1, March 6 2015

Michael Dylan Welch

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Michael Dylan Welch is vice president of the Haiku Society of America, founder of the Tanka Society of America (2000), and cofounder of Haiku North America conference (1991) and the American Haiku Archives (1996). In 2010 he also started National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo), which takes place every February, with an active Facebook page. His personal website is, which features hundreds of essays, reviews, reports, and other content, including examples of his published poetry.