Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Butterfly Dream: Motherhood Haiku by Pragya Vishnoi

English Original

midnight rain
not yet used to

Honorable Mention, Sixth Annual Senryu Contest

Pragya Vishnoi

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Pragya Vishnoi lives in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India and works at a bank. Her haiku have been published in Better Than Starbucks, Presence,  The Heron's Nest and Frogpond. She loves reading Japanese literature, especially short fictions written by Ryonsuke Akutagawa, Mieko Kawakami and Banana Yoshimoto.

1 comment:

  1. I believe that you have to be a mother in order to fully understand the purport of this senryu. The first line, “midnight rain,” serves as a metaphor for the visceral feeling of this “not yet used to motherhood” state. It evokes the sleepless nights and struggles of caring for a baby and the postpartum depression associated with childbirth. Not having children of my own makes me wonder if there is indeed such a stage as “getting used to motherhood.” Just like the “midnight rain,” motherhood often takes you by surprise. In that sense, a mother is never truly prepared for the trials and tribulations that come her way. This poem skillfully highlights the constant challenges mothers face, just as much as life itself is unpredictable and prone to change ...

    -- excerpted from the judge's commentary, accessed at