Thursday, December 21, 2023

Butterfly Dream: Ocean Fog Haiku by Marian Olson

English Original

ocean fog --
in a patch of blue
an island drifts by

Sketches of Mexico, 2012

Marian Olson

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

海霧 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

海雾 --

Bio Sketch

Marian Olson, non-fiction writer and widely published international poet, was the author of nine books of poetry, including the award winning haiku in Songs of the Chicken YardDesert HoursConsider This, and Moondance. Published in 2017, The Other and Kaleidoscope were her first books of tanka.

1 comment:

  1. In this cinematic haiku, L1 functions like an establishing shot, an extreme wide shot used to set up the context for the scene ahead (Ls 2&3) that informs the audience where the action will be taking place.

    And Ls 2&3 act like a pan shot, a ["slow," in the case of this haiku as indicated in the concluding words, "drifts by"] horizontal camera movement where the camera pivots left or right while its base remains in a fixed location.

    A visually and emotionally evocative imagist haiku is not in or for the moment, but for a state of mind or mood.

    FYI: see "To the Lighthouse" post, Arranged Marriage of Haiku and Cinema, accessed at and "Dark Wings of the Night" post, Sergei Eisenstein's View of Haiku as Montage Phrases/Shot Lists, accessed at