Friday, May 20, 2016

One Man's Maple Moon: Compass Moon Tanka by an'ya

English Original

you were lost
to the night as quick
as this moth
when midsummer haze
stole her compass moon

Honorable Mention, 2008 Saigyo Awards for Tanka

an'ya 


Chinese Translation (Traditional)

當盛夏陰霾偷走
作為指南針之用
的月亮
隨即就像這隻蛾
你消失於黑夜之中
   
Chinese Translation (Simplified)

当盛夏阴霾偷走
作为指南针之用
的月亮
随即就像这只蛾
你消失於黑夜之中 


Bio Sketch

an'ya is a haiku and tanka poet who has been published in over 60 foreign languages, and appeared in places and publications worldwide. If you would like to read more of her works and a complete biography, please visit http://tankaanya.com/

1 comment:

  1. there's music in this poem and I love the "compass moon".

    —Carolyn Thomas, Judge and Editor

    The moon is a Buddhist symbol of enlightenment; thematically speaking, the stolen "compass moon" resonates well with the upper verse.

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