Sunday, February 14, 2016

Butterfly Dream: Starling Haiku by Tim Gardiner

English Original

starling murmuration love comes and goes  
Blithe Spirit, 25:1, 2015

Tim Gardiner

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Dr Tim Gardiner is an ecologist and poet from Manningtree in Essex, UK. His haiku and tanka have been published in literary magazines including Blithe Spirit, Frogpond, and Presence. His first collection of poetry, Wilderness, was published by Brambleby Books in 2015. He has published many scientific papers on natural history and several books, including one about glow-worms.

1 comment:

  1. Thematically speaking, the pace of a one-liner works well with starlings' group behavior (their flight direct and fast) and effectively enhances the meaning of the second half of the poem ("love comes and goes"), and emotionally speaking, the mesmerizing image of a "starling murmuration"(symbolizing the lessons of community, such as group behavior and etiquette) and the hollow statement ("love comes and goes") form a conflicted relationship.