Wednesday, December 16, 2015

One Man's Maple Moon: Deathbed Vision Tanka by Rebecca Drouilhet

English Original

one by one
they cross the river ...
an echo
from the distant shore
in her deathbed vision

Rebecca Drouilhet

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

他們越過河流 ...

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

他们越过河流 ...

Bio Sketch

Rebecca Drouilhet is a 59-year-old retired registered nurse. Her haiku and tanka have appeared in numerous print and electronic journals.  In 2012, she won a Sakura award in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational.  She and her husband, Robert Michael Drouilhet have written a book of haiku titled Lighting a Path

1 comment:

  1. The idea of transit to an afterlife or other realm across a body of water ("the other shore" or "crossing the Styx") is effectively conveyed through five poetic phrases (ku/prosodic units) -- Rebecca’s tanka builds, phrase/line (ku) by phrase/line (ku), to an emotionally powerful ending, "deathbed vision."

    Note: "In Greek mythology, Styx (/stɪks/; Ancient Greek: Στύξ [stýkʰs]) is a deity and a river that formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld (the domain often called Hades, which also is the name of its ruler).-- excerpted from the Wikipedia entry, the Styx.