Monday, September 11, 2023

Butterfly Dream: Twin Towers Haiku by Bill Kenney

English Original

twin towers
repeating their absence
day after day

World Haiku Review, January 2007 

Bill Kenney

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch 
Born and raised in the Boston area, and living for over 50 years in New York City, Bill Kenney was a professor for many years in the English Department at Manhattan College. He started writing haiku in 2004, a month before his 72nd birthday, and became an active participant in the New York City Spring Street Haiku group. His haiku were published in numerous journals and anthologies. And his collection of haiku, keep walking, won the 2021 Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards.

1 comment:

  1. Bill's haiku, written "4 months 5 years after the September 11 attacks," effectively builds, line by line, to an thematically significant and psychologically poignant ending that reveals the theme of "perpetual loss."

    The following two poems, one haiku and one tanka, could be read as sequels to Bill's:

    two light beams shining
    where there were once twin towers --
    my son, my daughter

    Grand Prize, 15th International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition, "2010"

    Jack Galmitz, USA

    inspired by the 9/11 Memorial Fountain

    at the footprint
    of each tower that once stood
    vast emptiness
    ( loss and grief ) surrounded
    by four walls of water

    NeverEnding Story, "September 12 2016"

    Chen-ou Liu

    FYI: The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers.