Thursday, May 15, 2014

Butterfly Dream: Cold Front Haiku by Polona Oblak

English Original

cold front
the edges
of loneliness

Polona Oblak

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Polona Oblak lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia. For 40 odd years Polona thought she had no talent for writing. Then she discovered haiku. Her haiku and occasional tanka are widely published and a handful appeared in anthologies such as The Red Moon Anthology and Take Five.

1 comment:

  1. The shift from a natural scene to an inner mindscape is emotionally effective. This minimalist haiku (6 words in total) successfully demonstrates that the art of juxtaposition is the art of cutting (L1 vs Ls 2&3) and joining (the "leading edge of a cooler mass of air" and the "edges of loneliness").

    For more information, see Chapter 4, titled “The Art of Juxtaposition: Cutting and Joining,” of Traces of Dreams Traces of Dreams Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Basho by Haruo Shirane, a chapter that “examines the dynamics of textual juxtaposition and the different kinds of links -- homophonic, metonymic, and metaphoric -- that lies at the heart of Basho's haikaiI,” pp. 23-4.

    Note: below is excerpted from the Wikipedia entry, titled Cold Front:

    A cold front is defined as the leading edge of a cooler mass of air, replacing (at ground level) a warmer mass of air, which lies within a fairly sharp surface trough of low pressure. It forms in the wake of an extratropical cyclone, at the leading edge of its cold air advection pattern, which is also known as the cyclone's dry conveyor belt circulation. Temperature changes across the boundary can exceed 30 °C (54 °F).[1] When enough moisture is present, rain can occur along the boundary. If there is significant instability along the boundary, a narrow line of thunderstorms can form along the frontal zone. If instability is less, a broad shield of rain can move in behind the front, which increases the temperature difference across the boundary. Cold fronts are stronger in the fall and spring transition seasons and weakest during the summer. When a cold front catches up with the preceding warm front, the portion of the boundary that does so is then known as an occluded front.