Friday, January 9, 2015

Butterfly Dream: Blue Fairywren Haiku by Simon Hanson

English Original

blue fairywren
lifting for a moment
a weight we carried

A Hundred Gourds, 2:2,  March 2013

Simon Hanson

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Simon Hanson lives in country South Australia enjoying the open spaces and nearby coastal environments.  He is excited by the natural world and relishes moments of the numinous in ordinary things. He is published in various journals and anthologies and never realised how much the moon meant to him until he started writing haiku.

1 comment:

  1. On first reading, the reader might think Simon's haiku demonstrates a modern style of juxtaposition where a natural scene (in Ls 1&2) is contrasted with an "unrelated human thought" (in L3), one that the speaker is distracted by or obsessed with.

    On second reading (situated in the behavioral context of the fairywren), we can see that the juxtaposed L3 is an "organic human response" to the natural world, successfully turning this poem into a meditative haiku on human relationships.

    In this haiku, Simon skillfully demonstrates his skill in employing a culturally specific yet symbolically rich image to deepen the meaning of/add psychological depth to the poem.

    Note: The splendid fairywren (Malurus splendens), also known simply as the splendid wren or more colloquially in Western Australia as the blue wren, is a passerine bird of the Maluridae family. It is found across much of the Australian continent from central-western New South Wales and southwestern Queensland over to coastal Western Australia....

    Like other fairywrens, the splendid fairywren is notable for several peculiar behavioural characteristics; "birds are socially monogamous and sexually promiscuous," meaning that although they form pairs between one male and one female, each partner will mate with other individuals and even assist in raising the young from such trysts. Male wrens pluck pink or purple petals and display them to females as part of a courtship display...

    -- excerpted from the Wikipedia entry, Splendid Fairywren