Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Butterfly Dream: Autumn Metro Haiku by Marietta McGregor

English Original

autumn metro
the tang of tobacco 
and old news

Blithe Spirit, 27:3, 2017

Marietta McGregor

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Marietta McGregor is a retired botanist and journalist from Canberra, Australia. Her haiku, haibun and haiga  appear in international journals and anthologies, have gained awards and featured on Japanese television.  She belongs to the Australian and British Haiku Societies and the Haiku Society of America.

1 comment:

  1. L1 sets the scene and the seasonal context while Ls 2&3 effectively enhance the tone and mood of this multi-sensory haiku. It might be interested to make a comparative reading of the following metro poem ("first published hokku in English"):

    In a Station of the Metro

    The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
    Petals on a wet, black bough.

    Lustra, 1916

    Ezra Pound

    Note: For more information about Pound's "metro hokku," see my "To the Lighthouse" post, Haikuesque Reading of Ezra Pound’s “Metro Poem” (, and "Poetic Musings" post, Ezra Pound’s "Metro Poem" as a Yugen Haiku (