REFLECTION HAIKU: Living Modern Lives the Simple Way- Lily Wang's English and Chinese Zen Shorts

"About a year ago, the idea of this book first came to me. I was inspired to write a chapbook in the name of REFLECTION HAIKU to help myself and my readers simplify their modern lives. Our earthly world ebbs and flows with challenges and changes, with emotional ups and downs. Oftentimes, all it takes is a poem, a yoga pose or a wonderful serendipity to dissolve those limited thoughts in the Presence of Peace.

Last to my haiku series, REFLECTION delivers fifty-two zen shorts bilingually in English and traditional Chinese which are paired by similar topics but they are not the exact translations of each other. These two distinguished languages require different approaches to consummate the artistic point and the ability to read Chinese will certainly add much dimension to our poetic encounter. Nonetheless, as I traveled from Taiwan to the world, I've met people of all nationalities expressing to me their love for the beauty of this ancient language. It is to those who share a kindred appreciation for the Chinese writing I dedicate this book. Thus, even if you don't read Chinese, I hope you find those oriental lines, like paintings of words, still a joy to see.

This ebook, written in 3-line format, contains statements of quiet reflections about places I've been, animals I admire, gifts about life and messages that flashed into my eyes in a year's time. The most magnificent views are hidden in the ordinary scenes and the great enlightenment lies within in this moment. Wherever you are in the spiritual path, may this book be your friendly companion - "

About the Author

Lily Wang is a Taiwanese-descent Chinese-American poet and the author of BABY HAIKU and GARDEN HAIKU. She received her BA in English from Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan, and earned her MA in English from California State University in Fresno. She has done literature coursework worldwide. She and her husband live with their two children in Clovis, California.


From Reflection Haiku


Time is eternal

Fragmented by the human mind

A drop out of sea


Deceit to the eyes

Transformations of all forms -

Love unencumbered


Stretching meadows -

Our souls breathe in unison with

The pulse of wind

Artwork "Heart of Oneness" source:

Ebook for the Soul - Follow Your Bliss

Reflection Haiku: Living Modern Lives the Simple Way - Lily Wang's English and Chinese Zen Shorts
Reflection Haiku: Living Modern Lives the Simple Way - Lily Wang's English and Chinese Zen Shorts

$0.99 Short, powerful, modern and traditional at the same point. -Tolovaj Publishing

To shift humanity from limited consciousness to full consciousness, one must relinquish fear and replace it with simplicity, service and love. Human egos enjoy complicating things and at times play games on the mind and make people believe their suffering or obstacles are very real. This unassuming e-manuscript raises the veil of illusion and awakens the spiritual power from within so one can tune into higher frequency and focus on realizing life's mission for our true selves, for animals, for others and for our planet. Distill thoughts into three-line poems on subjects such as death, love, marriage, time and oneness, Reflection Haiku also explores haiku through traditional ancient Chinese and with its 23 Chinese and 29 English zen shorts, readers will be inspired to co-create a new earth which are preferred by the peaceful collective mind.







Water shimmers –

Tachi dance of black and white

Moonlight orcas



Butterfly Dream

Butterfly Dream
Butterfly Dream

In surrender

One will be guided by divinity -

Gentle disappearance



The wind of paints

Draws on the canvas of earth -

Orange Autumn trees

Seasonal Haiku



Mountain Fuji


The lake reflects

All things in tranquility -

Traveler of time





Thoughts -

The fleeting poetics

Caught in reflection ~ Lily Wang


Thanks to the following contributing photo artists: Xin Wang, Manjianghong77(Carving of Chinese Calligraphy); Leigh Prather(Empty snow globe), Martin Krause (Sunset Pelikans), Anna Omelchenko (Beautiful Yellow Butterfly), Emanon (Playtime for Orca), Srlee2 (The Reddish Mountain Fuji & Reflection), Karen Roach (Thankful for Vacation Time), Kyle Rosenberg (Water Drop),;; Dhoxax (Autumn Forest) & Elena Elisseeva (Water Lily Flowers).

Reflection Haiku Guestbook - May love and peace enlighten your joyful path - 81 comments

cindytaylor 5 years ago

Breathtaking and very helpful too! Thanks for putting this together for those of us who like to read more about this subject.

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TolovajWordsmith 5 years ago from Ljubljana

Short, powerful, modern and traditional at the same point. Thanks!

anonymous 5 years ago

Inspirational. I do read both languages and the works amaze me.

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hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

beautiful lens

anonymous 5 years ago

This is such a beautiful lens explaining Haiku with different connotations, meanings and amazing images. Well done.

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sousababy 5 years ago

Oh, this was worth the wait. LOVE your photo selection and I especially liked the Mount Fuji Haiku. Liked, googled +1 and promoting this on - hope it helps! Fondly, Rose

GabrielaFargasch 5 years ago

Amazing!!! Great job!! The water drop is surreal!

anonymous 5 years ago

great words of wisdom, well said. Glad I browsed upon your lens this morning. If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

kimmanleyort 5 years ago

I am really fascinated by haiku these days and I always love reflections. Wonderful, thoughtful work. This one really spoke to me:

The wind of paints

Draws on the canvas of earth -

Orange Autumn trees

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efriedman 5 years ago

beautiful collection of images and poems. And thanks for your visit to my Haitweet lens and kind comments.

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sheriangell 5 years ago

While they are all beautiful, "vision" spoke to me the most. I am so honored and privileged for the feature on this lovely lens. Thank you. Squid angel blessing left on this inspiring lens.

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decapod 5 years ago

Wonderful pictures and haiku. This has inspired me to make up my own :)

From a single thought

âWhat is separation like?â

The One became many.

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aesta1 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Haiku have so much depth.

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HeartBroken62 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing...this is a wonderful lens and introduction for me to Lily Wang. I love poetry of any all has such soulful meaning.

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awakeningwellness 5 years ago

Another lovely Haiku lens and with such beautiful pictures too!

anonymous 5 years ago

This is beautifully done!

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gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

This was a very good lens. Very well done. See you around the galaxy...

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed my visit hear.

ilovereno 5 years ago

Poetry is music to the human soul. Great lens!

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norma-holt 5 years ago

Beautiful in nature and expression. Have goose bumps all over me and the music is also wonderful. Tweeted and Facebooked. Hugs

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katemiya 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing these great haiku poems. This lens is beautiful!

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semas 5 years ago

Beauty in simple words!

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patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

Thank you for including my Haiku lens on this page!

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Diana Wenzel 5 years ago from Colorado

Appreciated this opportunity to reflect and just be in the moment. Thank you.

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chezchazz 5 years ago from New York

Absolutely gorgeous lens - Love how the design fits so nicely with your topic. Sprinkled with angel dust and featured on "Wing-ing it on Squidoo," our tribute page to some of the best lenses we've found since donning our wings.

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David Dove 5 years ago

Thank you, helpful reflection

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SoniaCarew 5 years ago

This lens, beautiful,... I can't even express how gorgeous I think it is!

Great great lens

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julescorriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

Simply Lovely.

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bernie74 lm 5 years ago

What a stunning Lens, The pictures are gorgeous

Blessed by a Squid Angel!

anonymous 5 years ago

I love your works so much.. They're also as my beautifully great study for building wonderful lenses. Very happy to read and visit here. Have a wonderful time.. always.. dear JM :)

anonymous 5 years ago

This lens is awesome. You have put lot of love and effort in this beautiful lens. Congrats on a well deserved "Purple star"

anilsaini 5 years ago

nice lens

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Tamara14 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

Beautiful, peaceful, inspiring. I really like that part about living modern life the simple way, I'm still trying to do that :) Blessed~

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dahlia369 5 years ago

Wonderfully done and blessed. Loved the music, too! :)

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SilmarwenLinwelin 5 years ago

Beautiful lens. Very well done :)

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goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

you have such a beautiful lens and really deserved the purple star.

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sherioz 5 years ago

What a beautiful lens. Something to savour.

JoshK47 5 years ago

Wonderful stuff - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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Kailua-KonaGirl 5 years ago from New York

Very nice lens, so artfully done. *Squid Angel Blessed* and I've added your link to My Squid Angel Wings to be featured in the "Books, Poetry & Writing" neighborhood.

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indigoj 5 years ago from UK

Beautiful combining of words, emotions and images here! I am fascinated by haiku and found this a lovely place to stop a moment and contemplate. Angel Blessed.

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sponias lm 5 years ago

This is a beautiful and meaningful lens. Thank you!

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GypsyOwl 5 years ago from Chico California

Lovely! I enjoyed your Haiku reflections! Thank you for putting so much care into creating this little oasis.

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RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

I enjoyed reading this lovely and interesting lens:) Beautiful pictures and I like the quotes too.

miaponzo 5 years ago

Wonderful lens! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessed!

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Michey LM 5 years ago

Learn a lot from your lens, and also well presented.... great pictures, interesting thoughts as well.

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sallemange 5 years ago

I love Haikus they are so profound and creative

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ananimoss2 5 years ago

I like Haiku. It is simple, elegant, and introspective. Great lens!

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LiliLove 5 years ago

Very nice lens! I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing!

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Close2Art LM 5 years ago

very positive and creative page, blessed...:)rob

anonymous 5 years ago

I feel relaxed just being here :) I am going to check out this new book.

CreativeArtDesigns 5 years ago

Very nice! Great pictures too.

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WriterJanis2 5 years ago

I hope you write more lenses!

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lucky izan 5 years ago

thanks for the information, i just know haiku from this lens. Nice lens

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yourselfempowered 5 years ago from Gloucester

What a beautiful lens! I'm looking forward to seeing more from you! :)

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WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

One of our Squidoo friends relates her experience with her use of poetry at Twitter, I never thought of twitter that way but it is an excellent place for a Haiku.

Nice lens.

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tvyps 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Interesting lens, thanks for sharing!

Funniest written by my dog:

My human is home!

I am so ecstatic I have

Made a puddle.

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jmjdnd 5 years ago

These haikus are awesome!!!

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KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

My stepson has been studying Mandarin for several years and likes to make cards to practice his characters. He'll enjoy this.

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nolinel lm 5 years ago

Beautiful lens...

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iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

Beautiful lens!

anonymous 5 years ago

Sweet and pretty Lens, like it

anonymous 5 years ago

Beautiful lens, and a beautiful idea in the video.

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Northwestphotos 5 years ago

Such a lovely and inspirational lens! Hope the book sell well!

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YsisHb 5 years ago

I love haikus. Simplicity is not easy.

Thank you for visiting my lens

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CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

Nicely done.

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bikerministry 5 years ago

Awesome lens topic. Very beautifully constructed. Blessings.

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judithcheng lm 5 years ago

a breath of fresh air, for this very hectic month ... THANKS

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yano jl 5 years ago

I enjoyed your lens

it is unlike most others

keep up the good work

(haha, that's my lame attempt at a haiku comment)

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MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

This lens is beautiful, and left me with a very peaceful feeling. Thank you.

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TLRaghavan 5 years ago

This is beautiful work. Thank you for sharing this.

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SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

a pleasure to read - nice video! great lens!

anonymous 5 years ago

Returning with fresh angel dust for this beautiful creation!

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Countryluthier 5 years ago

Nicely done, the haiku says the most to our spirit with the greatest economy of word. Thanks for sharing a great lens.

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ChiWizard 4 years ago

Thanks - A lovely, simple and inspiring journey into Haiku

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Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

Very nice, I have read a few and will have to read them again.

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Pat Goltz 3 years ago

Thank you for sharing Lily Wang's haiku with us. Haiku are wonderful!

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steadytracker lm 3 years ago

A simply woderful lens. Thank you for taking the time to share it

wolvesinmyheart 3 years ago

Thank you for this beautiful work. And I love Pachelbel Canon in D Major - I look forward to seeing and hearing more.

wolvesinmyheart 3 years ago

The poem 'TIME' is incredible. Thank you for sharing that. I will share it also - very beautiful.

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John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

Enjoyed the lens tremendously. I have been trying to write Haiku myself, with mixed success but this has inspired me to try harder.

I did try to purchase the e-book but being in the uk, I could not get it via your link. I had to go to the dot co dot uk site. Lovely poetry for a very reasonable price.

palabramor 2 years ago

Love your site Lily. Very happy I came across it through a Twitter connection today. I lived in Japan for four years back in the late 80s early 90s and fell in love with Haiku there. I love that you provide insight here into Chinese words as well. I have always loved to read Haiku in English and then in its original (or close to original) form in Japanese through the anglicized script of Romaji. It was a nice quiet break visiting your site.

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