Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Butterfly Dream: Winter Night Haiku by Olivier Schopfer

English Original

winter night
the bitter taste
of over-steeped tea 

Blithe Spirit, 28:1, February 2018

Olivier Schopfer

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Born in 1966 in Geneva, Olivier Schopfer is a Swiss poet and photographer and member of the Haiku Society of America.  He finds inspiration in nature and in his travels around the world. His work regularly appears in anthologies, as  well as in numerous online and print journals. He is the author of four books: In the Mirror: Concrete Haiku (Scars  Publications, 2018), So Many Miles: Fifty Senryu (Alien Buddha Press, 2019), Half in Light, Half in the Shade: Haiku and Senryu (Cyberwit, 2019) and Home After a Long Absence: Haiku, Senryu and Tanka (Cyberwit, 2020)

1 comment:

  1. L1 sets the context, seasonal and emotional, while the gustatory image of Ls 2&3 not only adds emotional weight to the haiku but also effectively enhances its tone and mood.

    And it might be interesting to do a comparative reading of my summer and winter tea haiku below:

    summer moonlight
    pours into my cup of tea
    alone with stars

    Brass Bell, November 2014

    a sip of tea ...
    listening to winter

    German Translation by Chrysanthemum Editorial Team

    ein Schlückchen Tee ...
    dem Winter lauschend

    Chrysanthemum, 21, Spring 2011