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Thursday, December 29, 2011

boxing day

Boxing Day
the homeless man
sleeps late

This was directly inspired by a "boxing day" ku written by my friend Chen-ou Liu.

Further information on Boxing Day, for those who may not be familiar with it, is available at Wikipedia


Blogger Monika said...

Very touching, this one too.

Boxing Day
le sans-abri
se lève tard

(I'm not sure if this translation renders exactly your idea, Bill)

11:41 AM  
Blogger Chen-ou Liu, 劉鎮歐 said...

Hi! Bill:

Your “boxing day” haiku is much better than mine. It’s laden with interpretative possibilities.

Read in the context of our consumer society, this poem is a timely, heightened sociopolitical consciousness that does not resort to telling the reader what to think. Its meaning/significance depends on one’s view on homelessness in our affluent society.

I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing.


6:03 PM  
Blogger Frank... said...

A very poignant haiku, Bill...

5:50 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

thank you, Monika. I like your translation.

chen-ou, you gracious and generous comment is deeply appreciated.

thanks, frank.

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this one too.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

thank you, Marcel.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Karol Rosiak said...

Yes... Poignant and touching haiku.


10:33 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

thank you, karol

7:56 PM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

well done Bill

12:27 AM  
Blogger Juhani Tikkanen said...

Interesting, Bill. Here is one variation I just made for yours, and Chen-ou Liu's...

Boxing Day's sun
in an empty park

1:44 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

thanks, John and tikkis. tikkis, I like your variation.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Magyar said...

__So odd, that I've had these thoughts of the homeless, spinning thru my mind.
__Boxing Day, and your haiku, so well fit, Bill. Remarkable. _m

5:35 PM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

very clever and sad too.

3:28 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

thank you, doug and Juliet. we have them always with us.

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Dick Whyte said...

Just been reading your blog Bill - this one struck me as particularly powerful.

All the best-

9:43 PM  

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