Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Candle Haiku

St. Gertrude website
he clicks to light a candle
for his daughter



published in Sketchbook, 6:6, Nov. / Dec. 2011 "candle(s)" Haiku Thread (Editor's Choice)


Editor's Comment:

I had to google St. Gertrude website to find out what Chen-ou’s haiku was all about. I found that the site features the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, a museum in Idaho with over 60,000 artifacts, displaying 10,000 of these, and which has been operating for 80 years. What’s remarkable is that each object is accompanied with the story of who possessed and used it. Chen-ou highlights such individuality with “one by one” emphasizing the importance of each member of the family. I encourage you to google the site.