Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Butterfly Dream: Fallen Totem Pole Haiku by Winona Baker

English Original

snowflakes fill
the eye of the eagle
fallen totem pole

Moss-Hung Trees, 1992

Winona Baker 

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Winona Baker was born in March 18, 1924 and moved to British Columbia, Canada in 1930. Living in Nanaimo, she raised four children with her husban. A haiku specialist, she received the top global prize in the 1989 World Haiku Contest in honour of Matsuo Basho’s 300th anniversary. She published Moss-Hung Trees. The title came from her prize-winning haiku. Her work had been translated into Japanese, French, Greek, Croatian, Romanian, and Yugoslavian.  She passed away in Nanaimo on October 23, 2020.

1 comment:

  1. The buildup to the last religiously/spiritually significant and symbolically rich line is visually and emotionally effective, and juxtaposed with the eagle's eye covered/blinded by snowflakes, L3 is layered with multiple meanings, and it could be read as a symbol of the fate of the native/indigenous people.