Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Butterfly Dream: Crow Haiku by Anna Cates

English Original

the same crow
the same branch ...
autumn deepens

Anna Cates

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

一樣的枯枝 ...

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

一样的枯枝 ...

Bio Sketch

Anna Cates lives in Ohio with her two beautiful kitties and teaches English and education online.  Her first full length collection of haiku and other poems, The Meaning of Life, is available at Cyberwit and Amazon.  Her haiku are featured  in the Living Haiku Anthology

1 comment:

  1. Anna effectively employs honkadori (allusive variation) and syntactic parallelism to enhance the tone and mood of the poem.

    A crow
    has settled on a bare branch -
    autumn evening.

    trans. by Robert Hass

    poets of all ages contributed to one Great Poem perpetually in progress.

    -- Percy Bysshe Shelley, cited in "The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry" by Harold Bloom

    For more info. about Honkadori, see my "To the Lighthouse" post, titled "Plagiarism or Honkadori (allusive variation)," which can be accessed at