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

Updated on September 7, 2014

"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:






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 -

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      palabramor 3 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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      John Dyhouse 4 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.

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      wolvesinmyheart 4 years ago

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

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      wolvesinmyheart 4 years ago

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

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

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

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

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

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

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

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      ChiWizard 5 years ago

      Thanks - A lovely, simple and inspiring journey into Haiku

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      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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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Returning with fresh angel dust for this beautiful creation!

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      SecondHandJoe LM 6 years ago

      a pleasure to read - nice video! great lens!

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      TLRaghavan 6 years ago

      This is beautiful work. Thank you for sharing this.

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      MariaMontgomery 6 years ago from Central Florida, USA

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

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      yano jl 6 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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      judithcheng lm 6 years ago

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

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      bikerministry 6 years ago

      Awesome lens topic. Very beautifully constructed. Blessings.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Nicely done.

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      YsisHb 6 years ago

      I love haikus. Simplicity is not easy.

      Thank you for visiting my lens

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      Northwestphotos 6 years ago

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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens, and a beautiful idea in the video.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sweet and pretty Lens, like it

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful lens!

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      nolinel lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens...

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      KimGiancaterino 6 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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      jmjdnd 6 years ago

      These haikus are awesome!!!

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      Teri Villars 6 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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      WaynesWorld LM 6 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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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

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

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      lucky izan 6 years ago

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

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      I hope you write more lenses!

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      CreativeArtDesigns 6 years ago

      Very nice! Great pictures too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

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

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      LiliLove 6 years ago

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

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      ananimoss2 6 years ago

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

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      sallemange 6 years ago

      I love Haikus they are so profound and creative

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

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

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessed!

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      RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

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

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      Deb Bryan 6 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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      sponias lm 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful and meaningful lens. Thank you!

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      Indigo Janson 6 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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      June Parker 6 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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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Wonderful stuff - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      sherioz 6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. Something to savour.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

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

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Very well done :)

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

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

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      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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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      anonymous 6 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"

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      anonymous 6 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 :)

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      bernie74 lm 6 years ago

      What a stunning Lens, The pictures are gorgeous

      Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Simply Lovely.

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      SoniaCarew 6 years ago

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

      Great great lens

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      David Dove 6 years ago

      Thank you, helpful reflection

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      Chazz 6 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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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

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

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you for including my Haiku lens on this page!

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      semas 6 years ago

      Beauty in simple words!

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      katemiya 6 years ago

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

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      norma-holt 6 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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      ilovereno 6 years ago

      Poetry is music to the human soul. Great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed my visit hear.

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      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is beautifully done!

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      Another lovely Haiku lens and with such beautiful pictures too!

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      HeartBroken62 6 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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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Haiku have so much depth.

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      decapod 6 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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      sheriangell 6 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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      efriedman 6 years ago

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

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      kimmanleyort 6 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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      anonymous 6 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.

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

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

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      sousababy 6 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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      beautiful lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

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

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      cindytaylor 6 years ago

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