Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Butterfly Dream: Circle of Silence Haiku by Peggy Heinrich

English Original

around the fire
the widening circle
of silence

Honorable Mention, 2005 Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest
Peggy Heinrich

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Peggy Heinrich's haiku have appeared in almost every haiku journal both nationally and internationally and in many anthologies. Awards include Top Prize in the Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest in both 2009 and 2010. Peeling an Orange, a collection of her haiku with photographs by John Bolivar, was published in 2009 by Modern English Tanka Press. Forward Moving Shadows, a collection of her tanka, with photographs by John Bolivar, was published in 2012.


  1. L1 establishes the thematic context while the silence described in Ls 2&3 is not only amplified by the textual fact that there is no human figure mentioned in the poem, but also layered with multiple meanings. A fresh take on campfire haiku.

    And Peggy's haiku and Billie Wilson's below could be read as a pair of responsive haiku:

    campfire sparks —
    someone outside the circle
    starts another song

    The Heron's Nest, 12:2, June 2010:

  2. Beautiful. I especially enjoy Wilson's (Billie's). thanks.