Monday, June 6, 2016

Butterfly Dream: Japanese Garden Haiku by Ignatius Fay

English Original

Japanese garden
the rake leaning against
the ginkgo

Ignatius Fay

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Ignatius Fay is a retired invertebrate paleontologist. His poems have appeared in many of the most respected online and print journals, including The Heron’s Nest, Modern Haiku, Ars Poetica, Gusts, Chrysanthemum and Eucalypt. Books: Breccia (2012), a collaboration with fellow haiku poet, Irene Golas; Points In Between (2011), an anecdotal history of his first 23 years. He is the new editor of the Haiku Society of America Bulletin. Ignatius resides in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

1 comment:

  1. Ginkgo, regarded as a misspelling of the Japanese gin kyo ("silver apricot")and well-liked by the Japanese people, effectively provides a scent link (in Basho's sense of the phrase) to L1, "Japanese garden."

    And this understated haiku reads more like a mood poem.

    Note: "Extreme examples of the ginkgo's tenacity may be seen in Hiroshima, Japan, where six trees growing between 1–2 km from the 1945 atom bomb explosion were among the few living things in the area to survive the blast. Although almost all other plants (and animals) in the area were killed, the ginkgos, though charred, survived and were soon healthy again, among other hibakujumoku. The six trees are still alive: they are marked with signs at Housenbou temple -- excerpted from the Wikipedia entry, "Ginkgo"