Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Valli Poole & Chen-ou Liu: Wednesday Haiku, Week 65

Photo by Karen Johnson




I stop to speak
a tiger lily
nods agreement
      Valli Poole




 A Philosopher (Chuang-Tzu) Watching a Pair of Butterflies by Hokusai




winter solstice...
two monarchs flutter
out of my dream

     Chen-ou Liu




Photo by Vreni Welser







one came
and two left...
garden butterflies
  Issa
  translated by David G. Lanoue






best,
Don

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10 comments:

donnafleischer said...

All in all a effervescent set piece, each nodding to each:
Vali Poole's original voice strikes so playfully deep to the relationship between human and other that the two deconstruct duality, express unity; in turn, suggested by Hokusai's exquisite drawing of the beloved one, Chuang-Tzu; two butterflies borne of a winter dream, the living in the dying. Thank You! one and all.

Chen-ou Liu, 劉鎮歐 said...

Don,

I liked a light sense of humor conveyed in Poole's beautifully-crafted haiku.

And your choice of Issa's haiku has made my day.

Many thanks.

Chen-ou

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Donna ... thanks so much, as always, for the deep resonating read. An editor's dream, as are both these poets.

Don

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Chen-ou:

Cheers - your work lifts me up.

best,
Don

bandit said...

Well, how 'bout that. Saw the first two butterflies of the season just the other day - hurried as the days have been, I just stopped and watched them for a time . . . forgotten until I read these. Thanks, Valli and Chen-ou.

Charles Gramlich said...

Always loved Tiger Lilies. We used to have a bunch in our yard when I was growing up.

snowbird said...

<3

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Ah, memory, fickle as the flitting butterfly ... a fine return.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Charles:

None now?

Don

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Merrill:

Yes.

Don