Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Butterfly Dream: Last Night's Rain Haiku by Nika

English Original

to bare branches
last night’s rain


Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Nika is the pen name of Dr. Jim Force, retired educator, who lives in Victoria, BC. Beside writing haiku, he spends his time gardening, doing family history research, and walking his dogs with his wife. He is an active Rotarian as well as a member of Haiku Arbutus.

1 comment:

  1. "Mono no aware" (もののあわれ?), literally "the pathos of things", is effectively conveyed through Nika's well-chosen word/phrases, "clinging," "bare branches," and "last night's rain." And the concluding word, rain, is layered with multiple meanings, adding emotional weight to the poem.

    Below is excerpted from the Wikipedia entry, Mono no aware:

    Mono no aware (もののあわれ?), literally "the pathos of things", and also translated as "an empathy toward things", or "a sensitivity to ephemera", is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常 mujō?), or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life.