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
  translated by David G. Lanoue


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Anonymous 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...


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.


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.


Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Cheers - your work lifts me up.


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...


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

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

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


None now?


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