Saturday, July 4, 2015

Butterfly Dream: Talk of War Haiku by Ben Moeller-Gaa

English Original

talk of war
sugar cubes dissolve
into darkness

Honorable Mention, Vanguard Haiku, World Haiku Review, April 2014

Ben Moeller-Gaa

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Ben Moeller-Gaa is a haiku poet and a contributing poetry editor to River Styx literary magazine. He is the author of two haiku chapbooks, Wasp Shadows (Folded Word 2014) and Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon (poor metaphor design 2014). You can find more on Ben online at

1 comment:

  1. L1 establishes the theme while the concluding image in Ls 2&3, especially in L3 (which is layered with multiple meanings), enhances the mood of the poem.

    Ben's sociopolitically conscious haiku reminds me of one stanza of Robert Bly's famous anti-Vietnam War poem, entitled "Driving Through Minnesota During the Hanoi Bombings,"

    Our own gaiety
    Will end up
    In Asia, and you will look down in your cup
    And see
    Black Starfighters.
    Our own cities were the ones we wanted to bomb!

    (note: The fighting image of Black Starfighters reflected in the coffee cup directly and psychologically connects the war fought outside the American soil with the mind and heart of the individual reader, hinting at an unavoidable relationship between the gaiety of Americans and their capacity for destructing their own lives and those of other people)