Sunday, May 22, 2016

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

English Original

hush at the pond
where you spent many days
your loneliness is still there
among the weeping willows

First Pprize, 5th Kokako International Tanka Competition

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. The winners employs a strong, even overt, pivot in the third line to enhance, quite subtly, the sense of what might have been. The isolated individual fishing perhaps made some tentative overtures towards better communication -- "angling" for connection -- even if ultimately unsuccessful. The first line and especially the first word could be read as an injunction as well as a plain, descriptive statement, like asking for silence in church, which widens the frame of reference. That the loneliness is still there suggests an enduring and unavoidable quality to it, so strong as to suggest the universal, and oh how we need the willows to do the weeping for us at times. This poem has an emotional weight that is apparent immediately and after numerous reads.

    --excerpted from the judge's comment, Kokako, 22, April 2015, pp 5-6.