Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Butterfly Dream: Quilt Haiku by Peggy Heinrich

English Original

evening news
the soothing weight
of the quilt

Honorable Mention, 2006 Robert Spiess Haiku Award Competition

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. Below is excerpted from judges' comments, which can be accessed at

    Here, “evening news” evokes the diverse aspects of life that weigh one down by the end of a day. We hear the discourse repeated nightly by the newscasters who bring the world into our living rooms and bedrooms. The line break at “weight” nicely links the heaviness of the news with that of the quilt. But the warmth of the quilt makes it all a little easier to bear, calls us to sleep, and we awaken fresh to start a new news day.

  2. Technically speaking, the strength of Peggy's haiku is that the thematic and emotional shift ("soothing weight"/of the "quilt") in Ls 2&3 effectively shows the impact of L1 ("evening news"), mainly the psychological one.