Monday, June 3, 2013

Butterfly Dream: Refugee Camp Haiku by Rita Odeh

English Original

refugee camp --
sculpting the tree trunk
into a cross

Simply Haiku, 5:2, Summer 2007

Rita Odeh

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

難民營 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

难民营 --

Bio Sketch

Rita Odeh is from Nazareth, Israel. She comes from a christian Palestinian  family. She has B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Haifa University. She has published 6 books of poetry,one book of short stories, three electronic novels, one e-book of Haiku. Her poetry has been published in several international publications. Rita is Co-Editor of International Haiku. Her haiku and haiga artwork are featured in her "Catching The Moment" blog.


  1. Unexpected and yet powerful ending.

    The juxtaposed images (of "refugee camp" and "a cross") reveal the implied speaker's Jobian faith in the divinely transformative power.

  2. Thanks for your translation, Chen-ou Liu. Your project is a perfect one. I enjoy visiting this blog, reading the memorable published poems and your valuable interpretations of the poems.