Wednesday, March 30, 2016

One Man's Maple Moon: Frozen Footsteps Tanka by Djurdja Vukelic Rozic

English Original

even the snow
that kept your frozen footsteps
is gone from the yard
I feed the birds in your boots
angry at warmth of sunshine

First Place, 2014 UHTS Fleeting Words Tanka Contest

Djurdja Vukelic Rozic

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Djurdja Vukelic Rozic was born in 1956, lives in the town of Ivanic Grad, Croatia, edits magazine IRIS, translates and writes poetry, humorous sketches, short stories, haiku and haibun. So far she has published twenty books and translated a number of collections and anthologies into English. And her poetry has received thirty awards.

1 comment:

  1. This First Place tanka composed by Đurđa Vukelić Rožić from Croatia, was at the top of my short list the minute I read it. This gifted author manages to mention nature four times over with "snow (line 1), "frozen" (line 2),"birds" (line 4) and "sunshine" in line 5; she then adds human elements four times over as well with "footprints" (line 2), "yard" (line 3), "boots" (line 4), and "angry" in line 5. This fine tanka portrays loss, empathy, appreciation, anger, every Japanese nuance (in this judge's opinion), that any tanka reader could ask for! Đurđa's translation from her native language to English, kept the desirable tanka rhythm.

    -- excerpted from the judge's comment, which can be accessed at