Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Butterfly Dream: Prayer Beads Haiku by H. Gene Murtha

English Original

harvest moon
the prayer beads
worn smooth

Acorn, 22, Spring 2009

H. Gene Murtha 

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

H. Gene Murtha, a naturalist and poet, sponsored and judged the first haiku contest for the inner city children of Camden, NJ., for the Virgilio Group, of which he was a lifetime member. He was widely published for his work in haikai literature from the USA to Japan.

1 comment:

  1. Enhanced by the cinematic zoom-in technique, the contrasting juxtaposition of harvest moon and worn smooth prayer beads is fresh and visually and emotionally poignant. And it might be interesting to do a comparative reading of the following haiku:

    worry beads --
    one by one I parse
    your silence

    Under the Basho, November 2016

    Mary Kendall