Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Butterfly Dream: Easter Morning Haiku by Barry George

English Original

Easter morning
even the beggar’s hair
is combed and parted            

Ko, 21:10, 2007

Barry George

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Barry George’s haiku have been widely published in journals and anthologies, and in Chinese, Japanese, German, Romanian, Croatian, and French translations. A winner of competitions including First Prize in the Gerald Brady Senryu Contest, he is the author of Wrecking Ball and Other Urban Haiku, nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


  1. A religious sense of renewal is visually and emotionally conveyed through the effective use of hyperbole (in the case of this poem, the "mo" (even)).

    ... Take Basho’s haiku below for example:

    1) The force of hyperbole is borne by the use of the particle “mo” (“even”) “(Kawamoto, The Poetics of Japanese Verse: Imagery, Structure, Meter, p. 79).

    Even a thatch hut these days
    sees a change of residents --
    house of dolls.

    The opening phrase, thatch hut (kusa no to), is a waka cliche that “calls to mind the house of a recluse who has moved here in order to free himself from the vicissitudes of the floating world “ (Ibid., p. 80). And the closing image, house of dolls, suggests that the new residents will transform a humble hut into a gaily decorated dwelling. In the haiku, the intensity of change is portrayed emphatically through the observation that even a thatched hut will undergo a change in residents. The opening phrase, “thatch hut, underscores the hyperbole with a humorous oxymoron” (Ibid.)... excerpted from my "To the Lighthouse" post, "A Rhetorical Device, Hyperbole,"