Friday, July 21, 2017

Butterfly Dream: Ultrasound Scan Haiku by Sonam Chhoki

English Original

ultrasound scan
I rearrange
my dreams

Third Place, 2015 Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards

Sonam Chhoki

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Born and raised in the kingdom of Bhutan. Sonam Chhoki is inspired by her father, Sonam Gyamtsho, the architect of Bhutan's non-monastic modern education. Her Japanese short form poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in several countries. She is the current haibun and haiku editor of the UHTS journal, cattails.

1 comment:

  1. Third place goes to another haiku of just six words. This haiku's topic is a big one, life and death. The poem asks the question of what can be done to thwart the modern technological absolute of the ultrasound's verdict. The answer lies in another absolute, which each of us possesses: free will. "I rearrange / my dreams" is a playful concept, a welcome outcome of the poet's musings on mortality, and a fine example of the healing power of haiku.

    -- excerpted from Judge's Comment, which can be accessed at