Monday, January 17, 2022

Butterfly Dream: Cherry Blossoms and iPhones Haiku by Naomi Beth Wakan

English Original

a blanket spread 
under the cherry blossoms 
teens work their iPhones 

Naomi Beth Wakan

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Naomi Beth Wakan is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo (2014–16) and the Federation of British Columbia Writer’s Inaugural Honorary Ambassador. She has published over fifty books. Her most recent book of essays, On the Arts, came out in 2020 (Shanti Arts). Her trilogy, The Way of TankaThe Way of Haiku, and Poetry That Heals was published by Shanti Arts in 2019. Wakan is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada, and Tanka Canada. She lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, the sculptor Elias Wakan.

1 comment:

  1. Within such a space of 11 words and 16 syllables, there are two contrasting types of interactions depicted in this haiku: one between humans/teens (L3) and nature/cherry blossoms (L2), and the other between teens through iPhones (L3).

    Technically-mediated communication is now a part of daily interaction. Naomi's haiku on a classic topic (cherry blossoms) with a contemporary/technical twist challenges the reader to rethink the overall impact of information technology on (effective) communication in humans and nature.

    And it might be interesting to do a comparative reading of the following haiku:

    cell tower zone
    I know the sparrow
    by a ringtone

    Canada Haiku Review, February 2019

    Srinivasa Rao Sambangi

    summer squall
    my smart phone asks me
    to repeat myself

    NeverEnding Story, June 29, 2014

    Ignatius Fay

    power cut ...
    a firefly settles
    on my iPhone

    NeverEnding Story, March 9, 2019

    Kanchan Chatterjee