Tag Archives: Malaysian haiku in English

POEM TRANSLATION HAIKU 227

POEM TRANSLATION HAIKU 227

 

 

GO GAME

  (围棋)

 

war is game of chess

戰争棋子戲

patience and skills of players

棋手毅力与技能

bloody battles gone

血腥戰已過

 

friends sell you weapons

友售你武器

great trade gain in proxy wars

贸获利代理战

fools kill and be killed

滥殺与被殺

 

envy and vengeance

妒忌与报复

overwhelmed by hurt and pride

覆盖所有傷与傲

unrest unaware

社动荡不察

 

inflated image

膨脹的形象

confuse shadows for own size

阴影混淆自尺寸

time to tailor down

時候量身裁

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 229: HAPPY BIRTHDAY. LOVE

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 229: HAPPY BIRTHDAY. LOVE

 

hug you till sunset

 love reborn with rising sun

 rays spread over sky

 

Note:

Couple of days ago, my wife requested a haiku to mark her birthday. The picture in my window hand phone (with our pictures, taken in South Korea) prompted me to compose the above.

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 225: A POINT NOMME

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 225: A POINT NOMME

 

free to navigate

through troubled terrain and seas

contained conflict crash

 

self survival first

fusion win over friction

non deluded dream

 

find inspiring mind

assimilate to flourish

enrich own culture

 

friends and foes align

historical a point nomme

evolve or devolve

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 224: AMBIGUITY GAME

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 224: AMBIGUITY GAME

 

ambiguity

not so naked with shutters

privacy curtains

 

dare to roam around

through backdoor and walk the way

shifting scene in front

 

changing links and lanes

avenues of surprises

gift of non-routine

 

DAY 6 SHANDONG TRAVEL & HAIKU 222: LOFTY LIES

DAY 6 SHANDONG TRAVEL & HAIKU 222: LOFTY LIES

 

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU ECHOES 222: LOFTY LIES

 

lofty lies on right

trade opium for tea, silk

damned if defeated

 

plunder and pledges

bleed, betrayal and back stab

bullies take their bite

 

prosper or perish

money, muscles and moral

spare spoiled sons of soil

 

Note:

 

Readers need to be reminded that China was very advanced in Science and technology, and even in maritime power during the Song Dynasty (960-1279); an age when USA and many nations were no even around. Then for reasons not known to me, it declined quite suddenly in these advances, and did not recovered in later dynasties, such as Tang. It co-existed with Liao dynasty (907-1125), which perished totally and the Khitans, as an ethnicity also disappeared; maybe Sinicized, Mongolised or more Islamised.

When trade in tea, porcelain and silk were not in Western favour, opium was introduced into the kingdom to offset the imbalances. War broke out and China lost; territories were ceded and rights granted. Many smaller Europeans nations took their bite; India under British colonial army invaded the countries then.

 

 

The above pictures from Changyu Wine Museum, with a large underground wine cellar. I have read that China does produce good white and red wine. The prices in the factory was generally high, and the tasted samples were not good enough.

The pictures below were from Yantai Mountain; again a long ascend, but more easy climb than Mount Tai.