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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Calligraphy Haiku

thinking of mom...
the calligraphy
of snow geese

Third Place, 2015 Griffin-Farlow Haiku Award


Comment by the Judge, Michael Dylan Welch:: It's uncommon for a haiku to succeed with an overt metaphor, but here's one that does. As we contemplate the patterns that snow geese make, we realize that the straight lines they make while flying differ from their wandering tracks on the ground. Calligraphy is full of loops and curls, so surely the calligraphy these geese make is on the ground. In the context of thinking of one's mother, one might find longing in those wandering tracks, as if the geese might soon be taking off for a flight far away.