Friday, August 12, 2022

Butterfly Dream: End of Summer Haiku by Margaret Chula

English Original

end of summer 
the rust on my scissors 
smells of marigolds 

Tug of the Current, 2004

Margaret Chula 

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch
Margaret Chula has published two collections of tanka: Always Filling, Always Full and Just This. She has promoted tanka through her one-woman dramatization, “Three Women Who Loved Love”, which traveled to Krakow, New York, Boston, Portland, Ottawa, and Ogaki, Japan. Maggie currently serves as president of the Tanka Society of America.

1 comment:

  1. When evaluated in the seasonal context of L1, the multi-sensory juxtaposition of the "rust" on the scissors and the "smell" of marigolds (usually blooming nonstop from early summer until they are nipped by frost in autumn) are visually and emotionally effective, and the rust on the scissors shows something about the type of a garden person the speaker is.