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 -
Stretching meadows -
Our souls breathe in unison with
The pulse of wind
Artwork "Heart of Oneness" source: www.awakenlight.org
Water shimmers –
Tachi dance of black and white
One will be guided by divinity -
The wind of paints
Draws on the canvas of earth -
Orange Autumn trees
The lake reflects
All things in tranquility -
Traveler of time
Recommended Chinese English Dictionary Online - With sound and strokes demo
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), dreamstime.com; shutterstock.com; Dhoxax (Autumn Forest) & Elena Elisseeva (Water Lily Flowers).