Friday, September 16, 2016

One Man's Maple Moon: Whiff of Jasmine Tanka by Archana Kapoor Nagpal

English Original

this morning
whiff of jasmine
in my room --
amid my silence
his last words still echo

The Bamboo Hut, 2:1, 2014

Archana Kapoor Nagpal


Chinese Translation (Traditional)

今天早上
我的房間裡
有一股茉莉花香味 --
在我的沉默之際
他最後話語仍在迴響

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

今天早上
我的房间里
有一股茉莉花香味 --
在我的沉默之际
他最後话语仍在迴响 


Bio Sketch

Archana Kapoor Nagpal is an internationally published author of 7 books, including  14 Pearls of Inspiration, The Road to a Positive Life, The Fragrance of a Beautiful Life, A Pinch of Love, Peace and Humanity, New Love: Anthology of Short Stories and the 12 Facets of a Crystal.

1 comment:

  1. Structured into two parts and made up of five poetic phrases (5 ku), Archana’s tanka effectively builds, phrase/line (ku) by phrase/line (ku), to an emotionally powerful ending that has the most weight and reveals the theme of loss and memory. And the role of "whiff of jasmine," in the prefatory image that resonates closely with the emotional point of the poem, functions more like that of the madeleine -- a delicate cookie -- in Marcel Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past."

    Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have of them.
    ― Marcel Proust

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