Thursday, January 3, 2013

Butterfly Dream: Clay Pot Haiku by Jane Reichhold

English Original

holding the day
between my hands
a clay pot

Frogpond, 23:3, Autumn, 2000

Jane Reichhold

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Jane Reichhold was born as Janet Styer in 1937 in Lima , Ohio , USA . She has had over thirty books of her haiku, renga, tanka, and translations published. Her latest tanka book, Taking Tanka Home has been translated into Japanese by Aya Yuhki. Her most popular book is Basho The Complete Haiku by Kodansha International. As founder and editor of AHA Books, Jane has also published Mirrors: International Haiku Forum, Geppo, for the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, and she has co-edited with Werner Reichhold, Lynx for Linking Poets since 1992. Lynx went online in 2000 in the web site Jane started in 1995. Since 2006 she has maintained an online forum – AHAforum. She lives near Gualala , California with Werner, her husband, and a Bengal cat named Buddha.


  1. Jane's haiku is taken from one of her most-read and insightful articles, Haiku Techniques, which can be accessed at

    The perspectival shift is emotionally effective and, and the pivotal L2 bridges the worlds.

    Brilliantly crafted.

  2. Chen-ou,
    thanks so much for choosing this poem and for posting it. I loved reading your take on it! That is always the other half of the poem. Thanks too for making the comment device so easy to use. Blessings on all your endeavors!

    \o/ Jane

  3. Jane, glad you liked my reading.

    Many thanks for your blessings.