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  • sallyintaiwan 3:34 pm on September 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    空 is emptiness 

    One of the most exciting things about learning a second language is finding a word for which there is no true English translation.  One of these words in Chinese is 空(kong, firtst tone.)  When given a prompt to write a haiku, I immediately thought of 空 because of my infatuation with the word—specifically how it brings together many infinities into one.  Often, 空 translates into‘emptiness.’But it is also used when asking if someone if they “time”to help, to talk, etc.  The last line of my haiku translates into “do you have time.”I encourage everyone to think about the concept of 空 in their own way ~ it gets me a little lost sometimes but the idea is a lot of fun to attempt to work out!  I guess part of the novelty for me is the fact that it has endless meaning, yet no translation.  Enjoy!

    空 is emptiness

    All in one: time, space, air, void

    妳有沒有空?

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    • DougReilly 7:11 pm on September 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations, Sally, you earned your Vere Sandals with this week’s post. We loved how you mixed Chinese and English, and how deeply you thought about the themes of your haiku. Nice job!

  • appelsina7 3:22 pm on September 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    I Couldn’t Pick Just One 

    “Lunch”

    A Woman steps off bike

    guts the fish that she had bought

    blood on the sidewalk.

    “Traffic”

    Mother and child fall

    together, hard, to the ground

    they get back up again.

    “Love”

    They smiled at me

    children wanting to be loved

    handicapped orphans.

     
    • DougReilly 7:13 pm on September 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Melissa,
      The first haiku really reminds me of Basho’s call for “low” imagery…that haiku is about the beauty in nature, which can also be brutal or even ugly. Great haiku!

  • Kristyna Bronner 3:13 pm on September 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Noodles 

    What to eat today?
    Menu is in Cantonese,
    I’ll have the noodles.

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    • DougReilly 7:14 pm on September 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Nice! Noodles are the safe bet.

  • melinthemiddle 2:26 pm on September 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , great wall, haiku, ,   

    "Footsteps" – Melissa Hosek 

    The Great Wall

    “Footsteps”

    My steps on old steps

    Are not the only ones to step

    On China’s Great Wall.

     
  • explorewithasmile 6:35 pm on September 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Challenge 1: Haiku 

    Haiku, Ho Chi Minh City

    Different sights, sounds

    new faces surround us now.

    Minh là nguoì Viêt Nam.

    (‘We are from Vietnam’ in Vietnamese without proper accents, because WordPress does not recognize all of the necessary accents.)

    Stay tuned for sights, sounds and new faces in an upcoming video from Ho Chi Minh City!

    : )

     
    • DougReilly 7:15 pm on September 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great haiku, we are waiting for the cool video now! 🙂

  • andrewupton 3:01 pm on September 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Fishing 

    Casting a line
    We hope to catch
    The last rays of summer

     
    • DougReilly 1:47 pm on September 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful pairing of poem and photograph. Is there a Japanese art for that?
      doug

  • Sasha 2:09 pm on September 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    the shadows 

    Through muddled shoji

    grotesque shadows, fade away

    now monsters, disappear

     
    • DougReilly 1:20 am on September 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Yikes, reminds me of one of those Japanese horror movies!

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