Saturday, December 26, 2015

Butterfly Dream: Sweetgrass Haiku by Lesley Anne Swanson

English Original

barefoot afternoon
my feet sharing the sweetgrass
with a hill of ants

Cattails, April 2014

Lesley Anne Swanson

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Lesley Anne Swanson has lived in Northern California, the Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest, but now calls Pennsylvania home.  Always a wordsmith, she discovered tanka in 2011 and has been enthralled ever since. 

1 comment:

  1. L1 sets the mood and tone of the poem while combined with the emotive verb, "share," the culturally rich image of sweetgrass (known for its sweet smell that arose when it is trodden on and also known as peace grass, which is strewn before church doors on saints' days in northern Europe) in L2 effectively conveys a sense of peacefulness and relaxation.