Thursday, January 21, 2021

Butterfly Dream: Shooting Star & Shadows Haiku by Rp Verlaine

English Original

shooting star 
the thought of our shadows 

My Haiku Pond, Spring, 2019

Rp Verlaine

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Rp Verlaine lives and writes in New York City. He has an MFA in creative writing from City College. He taught in New York public schools for many years. No longer teaching, he continues to write and do photography in New York. He has published five books, Damaged by Dames & Drinking, Femme Fatales Movie Starlets & Rockers, and a set of three e-books, Lies From The Autobiography, vols.1-3. And his poetry has appeared in various online and print journals.

1 comment:

  1. The evocative image of a shooting star across the night sky effectively sets the context, thematic and emotional, while the thought (/wish) of our "shadows touching" (while physically close to each other) enhances the emotionally suggestive power and symbolic significance of this "middle-of-the-story" relationship haiku.

    And this haiku works well as a prequel to the following poems that provide different endings to the story hinted at in the haiku:

    leaving the divorce court ...
    our shadows touch

    after the cyclone, New Zealand Poetry Society Anthology, 2017

    Chen-ou Liu

    our shrinking shadows touch --
    harvest moon

    Dottie Dot Awards, Haiku Bandit Society, September 2011

    Alegria Imperial

    campfire sparks --
    our shadows touch
    behind us

    Asahi Haikuist Network, December 1 2017

    Martha Magenta

    breakup talk
    their shadows touch
    for a moment

    NeverEnding Story, March 20, 2019

    Padmini K