POEM TRANSLATION MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 218 & 219, TANKA 63 & 64

POEM TRANSLATION MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 218 & 219, TANKA 63 & 64

 

Two haiku were written in response to Claudia McGill’s poems:

 

fables are pathways

寓言是途径

weave into integral whole

编织成為的整体

holes to fill future

填補未来洞

 

 

reading ritual

閱讀的儀式

foster learning and relate

促進學習和联系

memorable flash

难忘的瞬间

 

MALAYSIAN TANKA ECHOES 63:

 

EMBATTLED MIND

   (心靈的困境)

 

mind turn against itself

心靈叛自身

love-hate ambiguity

愛与恨模糊不清

tortured inner talk

折磨内心語

hard to commute injustices

难以改换不公平

a shot at hope and meaning

一擊在义和希望

 

TANKA ECHOES 64:

 

SHADOW AND SHADE

影子和阴影

 

small nations act big

小國大行動

no shadow is great enough

没够伟大的影子

shield shade with new shine

盾影新照耀

glare hurts short tunnel vision

眩光伤近隧视觉

adjust power prior walk

調整力量预先行

7 thoughts on “POEM TRANSLATION MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 218 & 219, TANKA 63 & 64

  1. Claudia McGill

    Your line- glare hurts short tunnel vision. Gave me an image of a real tunnel with a bright light at the end, a difficult sight for me since cataract surgery and glaucoma have made me more sensitive to glare. The image flashed into my mind as a visual and then I thought of more abstract meanings. The personal experience with the thinking. powerful words to do that, I think.

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    1. wonkywizard Post author

      Thank you Claudia for the exchanges. Many small nations or even individuals, with lots of petro dollars or investment returns, enjoy the shine under the shade. However, the world does not stand still or remain same. Cataract are blurred lenses; if extracted too late, glaucoma sets in. Our bodies are our temples, only if we are sensitive to learn the silent teaching.

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      1. Claudia McGill

        Yes, and they do not bend to our will, but are part of it, deciding for us as much as we think we decide for ourselves. I have learned a lot about this in the past few years with my various health issues, though of course, it has always been that way.

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