Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Butterfly Dream: Elephant Skull Haiku by Kokuu Andy McLellan

English Original

elephant skull
the looming shadow
of Kilimanjaro

The Mamba, March 2018

Kokuu Andy McLellan

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)

Bio Sketch

Kokuu Andy McLellan is a haiku poet and Soto Zen novice priest living in Canterbury, UK.  He spends a lot of time drinking tea and has three children and a PhD in plant biology.

1 comment:

  1. L1 sketches a sad death scene that shows one of the devastating consequences of poaching while Ls 2&3 work well as a foreshadowing of the high death rate of climbing Kilimanjaro (a dormant volcano in Tanzania and the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world)

    A sense of "doom and gloom" is effectively conveyed through this haiku noir.

    For further discussion, see "To the Lighthouse: Haiku Noir," accessed at