Sunday, January 20, 2013

Butterfly Dream: Crayon Map Haiku by John McManus

English Original

crayon map
my son shows me the way
to Neverland

The Heron's Nest, XIV:1, March 2012

John McManus

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

John McManus is a poet from Carlisle, Cumbria, England. His haiku and senryu have appeared in various journals all over the world and is the current expositions editor for the online haikai journal A Hundred Gourds. He currently works as a support worker for people with mental health issues. In his spare time he enjoys watching films, sharing poetry with friends and spending time with his family.

1 comment:

  1. A fresh take on father-son haiku.

    The jux. of "crayon map" (real and cartographic) and Neverland (imaginative and literary) is thematically and emotionally effective.

    And structurally speaking, L2 is well placed, confirming that "the child is the father
    of the man."


    "Neverland (also spelled Never Land or expanded as Never Never Land) featured in the works of J. M. Barrie and those based on them. It is the dwelling place of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and others. Although not all people in Neverland cease to age, its best known resident famously refused to grow up, and it is often used as a metaphor for eternal childhood (and childishness), immortality, and escapism. It was first introduced as "the Never Never Land" in the theatre play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by Scottish writer J. M. Barrie, first staged in 1904."