Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Butterfly Dream: Tokyo Subway Haiku by Sidney Bending

English Original

leaving the Tokyo subway
a hundred umbrellas
rise in unison

tinywords, 10:3, 2010

Sidney Bending

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Sidney Bending is a retired graphic artist living on the west coast of Canada. Her haiku have appeared in Frogpond, tinywords, and in the anthology Lifting the Sky. Work is upcoming with Modern Haiku and Haiku Canada Review. She won several awards with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival haiku contest.

1 comment:

  1. Sidney's subway haiku is written from a bird’s eye view and keenly captures an amazing moment ("a hundred umbrellas/[rising] in unison").

    Thematically and technically speaking, it might be interesting to make a comparative study of this haiku and the" first published hokku in English" ( William Higginson's famous phrase) by Ezra Pound:

    In a Station of the Metro

    The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
    Petals on a wet, black bough.

    Lustra, 1916

    Ezra Pound

    For more information about Pound's "metro poem," see the following posts;

    1 To the Lighthouse: Haikuesque Reading of Ezra Pound’s “Metro Poem,” http://neverendingstoryhaikutanka.blogspot.ca/2013/03/to-lighthouse-haikuesque-reading-of.html
    2 Poetic Musings: Ezra Pound’s "Metro Poem" as a Yugen Haiku,
    3 To the Lighthouse: Haiku as a Form of Super-Position, http://neverendingstoryhaikutanka.blogspot.ca/2013/03/to-lighthouse-haiku-as-form-of-super.html