Thursday, August 13, 2015

One Man's Maple Moon: Mountain Mists Tanka by Alegria Imperial

English Original

I look again
through mountain mists…
there, a skylark
illumines a thought
conjured in darkness

A Hundred Gourds, 3:3, June 2014

Alegria Imperial

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Alegria Imperial’s haiku for Haiku Foundation’s 2012 Haiku Competition was Commended in the traditional category. She has also won honorable mentions in the 2007 Vancouver Cherry Blossoms Festival Invitational Haiku and her tanka adjudged Excellent, 7th International Tanka Festival Competition 2012. Her poetry have been published in international journals among them A Hundred Gourds, The Heron’s Nest, LYNX, Notes from the Gean, eucalypt and GUSTS. Formerly of Manila Philippines, she now lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

1 comment:

  1. Thematically speaking, this evocative tanka is tightly framed by the symbolically rich and psychologically resonant phrases, [the speaker's seeing through] "through 'mountain mists'" and [a skylark illuminating] "a thought/conjured in 'darkness.'" And the relationship between the speaker and the skylark reminds me of that of Percy Bysshe Shelley and the skylark in "To a Skylark."

    Note: "'To a Skylark' is considered a work of metric virtuosity in its ability to convey the swift movement of the bird who swoops high above the earth, beyond mortal experience. The skylark is a symbol of the joyous spirit of the divine; it cannot be understood by ordinary, empirical methods. The poet, longing to be a skylark, muses that the bird has never experienced the disappointments and disillusionments of human life, including the diminishment of passion."