Saturday, May 10, 2014

One Man's Maple Moon: Gentle Breast Tanka by Djurdja Vukelic Rozic

English Original

she fed me
from her gentle breast ...
this morning
she murmurs to herself ,
I don't want to go to school

Djurdja Vukelic Rozic

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

過去哺育我 ...

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

过去哺育我 ...

Bio Sketch

Djurdja Vukelic Rozic  was born on April 6, 1956, and now lives in Ivanić Grad, Croatia.  Editor in chief of bilingual haiku magazine IRIS, and deputy editor for haiku at Diogen pro cultura magazine, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She publishes humorous sketches, short stories, and poetry. For her work she received a number of awards and commendations in Croatia and abroad.

1 comment:

  1. The allusive opening lines, combined with the effective shift in verb tense, theme, and imagery, add emotional weight to the poem, and spark the reader's reflection on motherhood, aging, and illness.

    Note: The upper verse alludes to the opening lines of a classical poem for children, written by Ann Taylor

    Who fed me from her gentle breast,
    And hushed me in her arms to rest,
    And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
    My Mother.