Saturday, July 18, 2015

Butterfly Dream: Birding Haiku by Julie Warther

English Original

birding ...
the unfamiliar path

Honorable Mention, 2014 Harold G. Henderson Haiku Award

Julie Warther

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

賞鳥 ...

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

赏鸟 ...

Bio Sketch

Julie Warther lives in Dover, Ohio with her husband and three children.  She serves as the Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America.


  1. Below are excerpted from the judges' comments:

    ... We may find amusement in our passion for activities such as birding that take us so far from our regular paths that we have to find a new way home....

    -- Michael Dylan Welch

    ... The fifth poem is more personal to me. As a birder, I’ve experienced the way one gets wrapped up in looking for birds. A little bird disappears into the forest, and you follow by sight or by sound, keen to discover what it is. By the time you turn back, you might be a little misplaced. The thrill of birding, of discovery, is juxtaposed with the different route one must take back to familiar territory. But much like an unfamiliar bird, the unfamiliar path can be a delight unto itself, and this haiku leaves room for both interpretations...

    -- Tanya McDonald

  2. L1 establishes the theme of the poem while Ls 2&3 work effectively on at least two levels, literal and metaphoric.