Saturday, April 2, 2016

Butterfly Dream: Empty Boat Haiku by Steliana Cristina Voicu

English Original

embracing the boundless --
an empty boat
closer to the moon

First Prize, 2015 Wild Plum Haiku Contest.

Steliana Cristina Voicu

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

擁抱無邊無際的大海 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

拥抱无边无际的大海 --

Bio Sketch

Steliana Cristina Voicu lives in Ploieşti, Romania and loves painting, poetry, Japanese culture, photography and astronomy. She has recently won two Honorable Mentions in the 2015  Betty Drevniok Award , First Prize in the 2015 Wild Plum Haiku Contest, First Prize in the 2015 Fleeting Words Tanka Contest, and other prizes. Her haiku, haiga and tanka have been published in numerous print and online journals, including Asahi Haikuist Network, The Mainichi, Daily Haiga, and A Hundred Gourds.


  1. There is a nice resonance filling the scope of this haiku, it starts with ‘boundless’ in Line 1 and continues to the unnamed waters be it sea, or lake or ocean, where the reflection of a boat sits on the water.
    A truly wabi sabi image, constructed in a freestyle structure of three lines syllables 6/4/5.

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

    This haiku is highly cinematic; it reads more like a poetic rendering of the long take of a sea/river scene with an empty boat drifting toward to the moon, filmed in an extreme wide shot.

  2. Dear Chen-ou Liu,
    Thank you very much for published my haiku, for your translations and for your kind words!
    Best wishes,