Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Butterfly Dream: Headstone Haiku by Nancy Nitrio

English Original

under a blanket
of cherry blossoms …
her headstone
Sakura Award, 2013 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Nancy Nitrio

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

覆蓋之下 ...

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

复盖之下 ...

Bio Sketch

Nancy Nitrio began writing haiku in 2007.  Her haiku has been published in various paper and online journal here in the USA and internationally. She has placed second in May 2009 Shiki Monthly Kukai.  She was runner-up in the Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Contest 2009 and Honorable Mention in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2010. She lives in the Sacramento Valley region of central California with her husband of 44 years and five cats. She also enjoys the practice of Ikebana and origami.


  1. The suggestive power of L3 is grounded in the symbolically rich and visually evocative opening image portrayed in Ls 1&2 that resonates closely with the emotional point of the poem.


    "Japanese mythology often also connects cherry blossoms with death; a legend goes that originally, the flowers of the tree were white; after a body was buried beneath it, the petals turned pink."

    “Such a special feeling these petals give to the human heart. Where one story ends, another begins. Such is the way of the Sakura tree. A tale spoken with each bloom.”
    — Michael Garcia, The Impossible Man

  2. The following comment by seaviewwarrenpoint/Marion, which was originally posted in the comment section of "2015 Butterfly Dream: Call for Haiku Submissions:"

    The proximity of 'blanket' and 'headstone' is striking, suggesting the layer of blossom is keeping the deceased warm in the afterlife. Beautiful.