Sunday, May 4, 2014

Butterfly Dream: One-Line Haiku about Time by Al Fogel

English Original

time running out of time hourglass

Al Fogel

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Al Fogel , 68, began his haiku journey about 3 years ago and has been writing haiku, senryu, tanka and haibun ever since. Some of his work has appeared in leading haijin journals around the globe. He has recently published two books: So Little Time and  Holding Hand-helds: Senryu for the Cyber


  1. Al made a good aesthetic and structural decision to write this haiku in the form of a one-liner. It could be read in three different ways (its Chinese translations could be read in two different ways). This multivalent haiku reminds me of St. Augustine's remark on time:

    What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.

  2. For more information about one-line haiku, see "To the Lighthouse: To Be or Not to Be a One-line Haiku?", and "To the Lighthouse: Reexamining One-Line Haiku,"