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Auth, Szilvia
Bakos, Ferenc
Balás, Márk
Bíró, József
Bogár, Ádám
Dávid, Beatrix
Fábián, László
Feldmár, András
Fodor, Ákos
Futár, Iván
Gergely, László
Gyukics, Gábor
Hetesi, Péter Pál
Horváth, Márton
Káliz, Endre
Kántor, János Kurszán
Mándy, Gábor
Molcer, Mátyás
Németh Péter Mikola
Oravecz, Imre
Pachnik,, Zoltán
Szennay Ilona
Tandori, Dezsõ
Tarnoc, Jon
Terebess, Gábor
Török, Attila
Vihar, Béla
Vihar, Judit
Vörös, István

Haiku Poetry in Hungary by Judit Vihar

Focus on Hungary. Haiku by Szilvia Auth, Károlyiné Baka Gyöngyi, Ferenc Bakos, József Balogh, Zoltán Csíkzsögödi Szabó, János Csokits, Marcell Domonkos, Csaba Fecske, Miklós Fucskó, Katalin Harcos, Ödön Horváth, Béla Jánky, János Kurszán Kántor, János Karsai, András Ferenc Kovács, Vincze Lucskai, Hajnalka Sánta, László Sárközi, Klára Siklósi Horváth, Sándor Szúnyogh, Attila Török, József Utassy, László Valyon, Judith Vihar , Sándor Weöres (all haiku in the selection translated by Anatoly Kudryavitsky); Haiku Poetry in Hungary by Judit Vihar > in: Shamrock - Haiku Journal of the Irish Haiku Society. No. 16. [2010]

A History of Hungarian Haiku in English by Judit Vihar (PDF)
Hungarian Haiku in Hungarian and English. Translated by György Vermes (PDF)

 

Auth Szilvia (1979-)

motionlessness and
frozen twilight-shadows -
broken trees on knees

looking you in the
summer, our silent dreams
hyperventillation

 

Bakos Ferenc (1946-)
http://www.poetrylives.com/SimplyHaiku/SHv4n2/haibun/Ferenc.html
http://www.poetrylives.com/SimplyHaiku/SHv5n1/haibun/Bakos.html
http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/resources/poet-details/?IDclient=223
http://lishanu.com/02/haiku/bakos.htm

First skating -
the tranquillity
of a calligraphy

Desert wind -
looking at my boots
as human beings

letters came -
today I watch the sunset
through the shutters

Ancient tombs
in the desert -
scarabs everywhere
Included in Haiku World, by William J. Higginson, Kodansha, 1996

Our mother's catafalque-
May bright sunshine,
warbling of birds

Chestnut petals
on the windscreen - stowaway:
a ladybird

Oyster-field:
Michelangelo's David
selecting shells.

Amidst stronghold walls
a green foliage islet:
execution-yard

Evening watering -
its thousand tongues
boxwood clicking

Clouds of June:
isn't even the eagle's flying
boundless?

Evening swimming -
setting, rising
solar disc

Comet-viewing...
next time
in three thousand years

In autumn lake's mirror
two swimmers -
a light-year between them

Sailing boat
moored by a shining
gossamer thread
Kusamakura Contest, 2000, Honorable Mention

Somehow recall,
these tiny grains of kiwi,
my dead mother

Rising moon shadow -
heart-throb, hark!
of the scarecrow

Autumn fly:
easy to catch,
easy to let go.

Dusk, rain again -
a soaked urchin disappears
in the radish bed

Jewish cemetery -
motionless stones,
soundless birds

First autumn frost:
on my widower father's stair
a numb wasp

Heap of white
in lap of pine, gee!
snow-nest for snow-birds

Next door prayer -
I pause whilst
typing haiku

Christmas skating
till the sky lights up
with the first star
in Croatia Haiku Calendar, 2001

In the Old Year,
all New Year's Day, too:
snow-shovelling!
in Haiku International Anthology, 2000
This piece was cited by President Kogure Gohei in his welcome speech for the audience 
at the 10th anniversary HIA Congress in Tokyo, November 19, 2000.

My pipe-smoke
with blue autumn haze
in contest

across the highway
"sleeping policeman" - of
acacia petals
Basho Haiku Contest, Japan, 2002, in best ten

expiatory mass
two altar-boys
two yawns

being lost
among cherry blossoms—
white butterfly
Vancouver's Cherry Blossom Festival Contest, 2007, Honourable Mention

autumn dusk
in my boots' depths
a lone ladybug
20th Ito En Haiku Contest, 2009, Honorable Mention

old cherry tree:
knotty branches embrace
full-bosomed moon

Mainichi Haiku Contest
, 2009, second prize

ginko walk
unworn shoes of my father
died a year ago
World Haiku Festival Pécs 2010, 2nd prize

by moonlight
perky mud stains
on a girl's cyclamen tights
Mainichi Haiku Contest 2010, Honorable Mention

Hakone. hot spa:
two mother naked poets
greet you, Fujisan!

Fujisan Haiku Contest, 2012, Special Recognition

thirsty for love
fallen cherry petals
in our beer-mugs
European Quarterly Kukai #1 - Spring 2013 Edition, 2 pts

what a rich land!
even the rainbow seems
more corpulent
European Quarterly Kukai #2 - Summer 2013 Edition, 1 pt

wind-chime
my untuned guitar
sound a duet
European Quarterly Kukai #3 - Autumn 2013 Edition, 6 pts

in pine-forest
after Christmas - counting
annual rings
European Quarterly Kukai #4 - Winter 2013 Edition, 6 pts

If seven rainbows
led to Japan, I would leap on
a magic steed

Fourth Japan-English Haiku Contest, EU Section, honorable mention

springtime train:
on my pensioner ticket
a girl's phone number
18th Mainichi Haiku Contest, 2014, Second Prize

For my whisky
I take the liberty to break down
your icicle, Fujisan!

Fujisan Haiku 2014 Contest, Special Recognition

 

Balás Márk (1978-)

Spring

March's chill
warming your hands
in my pocket

March snow
dove leaving behind
a line of footprints

Summer

summer moon
sweet softness on my lips:
kissing your chin

summer night
warmth of the day
on your skin

hills sinking
into darkness
summer dusk

after storm
torn clouds on the sky
a rainbow

Autumn

silky hair curling
among my fingers
fragrance of walnut

Gray light of the air
The heavyness of autumn
deepens and deepens

autumn wind playing
with sweet memories of you
sudden kiss of mist

pink sky
blue leaves of grape
glowing

sunset behind
darkening hills
autumn comes

blue sky
wet grass glitters
in brown patches

gray sky
small raindrops
of autumn

midnight fog
scent of burning wood
chill of October

pearls of dew
on the garden seat -
autumn morning

our last chance to talk:
leaves and horsechestnut cracking
under my shoes

scent of dry leaves
in the air
autumn evening

leaving the forest
fragrance of autumn
remains in my coat

Winter

Softness of first snow
sleeping with a toy bunny
many years ago

children laughing
among trees standing
in frozen ponds

above the garden
small piece of black sky
and the Orion

small lights blinking:
candles
of the cementery

red rays
through the web
of dry branches

everything white
but the magpie's wing
winter forest

winter sun
an icicle
dripping

all day - all night
in the morning
still snowing

blue sky
gentle sunbeams warming
my wintercoat

 

Bíró József (1951-)

On the ice of the lake … virgin - snow
… on the hole-wound - on the cat-ice … image …
: WINGFAILURE OF GULLS

"World Haiku 2010 No.6", p.12.


HERITAGE OF KOREA

shad' - grown - SOUTH ... weeps
... grieves the ... NORTH ... : tear' - ...
- dew' ... : lightening up

 

Bogár Ádám (1984-)
http://www.translatorscafe.com/cafe/member102179.htm

TWO HAIKU
The Muse (An International Journal of Poetry)
Vol. 2. No. 1. June, 2012

I
on scarab's back
a skyscraper
reflected

II

billions of years
just to make
this cup of tea

 

FOUR HAIKU
The Muse (An International Journal of Poetry)
Vol. 1. No. 1. June, 2011

blunt opposition:
sharp blades of shivering sunbeams
chipped by pathway-dust

flame-sphere-lit sky
flux of blustering lightrays
crimson sun-onset

pine in shine-sweep
nothing save the sun and she:
Pinea-privacy

tick-tack of time stops:
near the distance, a sharp blur.
parallels X-ing....

 

Dávid Beatrix (1976-)

Passing

Branches without leaves
forests longing for birdsongs
footprints in the sand

Weakness

A song in the wind
words crying for human sounds
sunbeam among clouds

Dawn in Autumn

The berry is cold
trembling on a naked branch
hoarfrost is its coat

Rain

Its drop-wandering
biography on window
its way is fatal

Wheat Grain

Dying in winter
it resurrects in spring
its passing is life

Sunshine

A light-shadow game
two-faced sun's weeping and smile
a slice of life- bare

Desert

Lines of wavy sand
silent dumbness petrified
is the cry of God

Trees

All their streching arms
are revelations of thurst:
old longing for sky

Summer

A ripening fruit
its paunch is growing round-
a woman's also

Autumn

Leaves losing their lives
their voices like soft whisper-
summer - farewell- songs

Call

A toll in the wind
stumbles on clouds on its way-
will it get to you?

An autumn picture

In distant cornfields
prisoners hoeing see your soul
lying behind grates

Walk in the Zoo

Leaves with mourning souls
individuals behind grates-
being like humans?

October

Trees all turning grey
a quiet rustle of leaves-
like a song dying

A quarry

Cliffs, rocks and stones chiselled
screaming of cells in the wind-
like when God carving

Creation

Clay hill maturing
a pot conceived from its flesh-
Who is the Potter?

Fall

Trees losing their leaves
a soft wave of danse macabre
ripening of death

Sea

In howling high-winds
waves throughout the battlefield
closing time for souls

Brook

Chattering to trees
its moisture being life-raft
like blood in the vein

Morning Haiku

misty-faced morning
its soul loury though happy
like that of humans'

Night

The moon is smiling
stars are browsing in the sky
searching the distance

Tornado

Lake-mirror for skies
wind-whips followed by cries of
waves killing silence

Ancient Trust

A child is bathing-
like creation-aware of
floating in mercy

Loyalty

The night is awake-
being the shepherd of stars
now's guarding their dreams

Farewell

Leaves to their branches
the beam of light to the stars
the kiss to your lips

Vanity

The sun is watching
herself in the vanishing
mirror of the lakes

Spring

On a pickling branch
like human temper set free-
a bud bursts briskly

In minority

Pinewoods climbing cliffs
edelweiss-like loneliness
'their fate towards peaks

Storm

A rattling lightning
being followed by a snarl-
its spark is anger

Purification

A snow cloud sifting
snowflakes - in them harmony
is crystallizing

Rootless

Mallards in the sky
their destiny's migration-
'looking for a home

The Merit of the Despised

The jug is wounded
carried only to the fields-
growing ears on its way

Winter

View in a furcoat
sleepy snowdrop as its soul
slumbering life-seed

Evening

Night creeps stealthily
cat as black as ebony
on velvet-like paws

Uncertainty of Existence

A bubbling river-
above it trembles swinging
a suspension bridge

Passion

Forest-fire-blaze
love of russet nymphs of flame-
splendid murderes

Engagement

Soft embrace of trees
their annual rings as living
signs of faithfulness

Ceaseless

The waltz of the winds
the sounds running on the keys
hours passing by

Teardrop

A spring from the soul
a book conceived in muteness
still voluble though

 

Fábián László (1940-)

Milton-haiku

to Canaan lead -
from shadowy types to truth -
to world's wilderness

Pound-haiku

as transient things:
let the gods speak - sunless cliffs -
in days hereafter

 

Feldmár András (Andrew Feldmar, 1940-)

evocation 23

Alchemist of colour:
Blue bird of Paradise,
gift of red to green.

Dark attraction,
virility set on fire -
to penetrate flesh?

Acrobatic splendour,
breathless balance poised:
all for one; one for all.

Bride of Spring,
birthing gift of exploding beauty:
end all confinements!

Will to live, feathers from earth:
wind's lover,
poised to multiply.

Peacock's tail to dazzle,
rainbow's display to attract:
sex is social.

Eros is glue:
every curlicue
is geared to increase connection.

Like potters repeat perfection,
ecstatic petals
form loving cups.

Without the sun's self-immolating
generosity -
no colour.

Engorged penis, throbbing labia
never lie:
orgasm is laughter.

Machines assemble from parts,
life grows from one cell:
illusions abound.

Risk immodesty
going all out, way beyond comfort:
ejaculate!

Wrinkles don't hurt:
gentle desiccation;
pleasure in aging, think thanks!

Lips of flowering earth
suck the dew off
cock's crow in the breeze: daybreak.

Lilac snakes, blind babes,
fireworks of glamour:
earth reaching out to air.

Lace of dew, dawning hope,
educating tender petals -
future bound.

Immigrants from the womb,
homesick for flesh:
solace is sexual bliss.

Capillaries pump nutrients
to keep alive the flame:
passing forms.

Altar for butterflies,
silent drop of water:
blue eternity.

We live expecting something
to happen: this bud is a
sweet promise.

Waiting for salvation,
faith in the elements;
nothing is certain.

Return to where I've
never been: a dream?
Unbridled art of nature.

Angels or demons, beast or beauty?
Domesticated eyes,
miss signs.

 

Fodor Ákos (1945-2015)

"Haiku turns two people poets, just like love makes two people lovers. The author is neither a shaman, nor a rhetor or a surgeon. Nor is the reader inferior, enduring or inert. Meeting in this focus, they loosen and get loosen up, heal and get healed, and, as long as they so desire, become something of a Third nature. It is an ascetic form, a protean genre, vivid mentality that creates rather than consumes time and space. Those who can rejoin and touch each other even for a single haiku moment are blissful." (Ákos Fodor)

"Das Haiku macht zwei Menschen zu Dichtern, so wie die Liebe zwei Menschen zu Geliebten macht. Jener, der sie niederschreibt, ist kein Schamane, kein Rhetor, kein Chirurg; jener, der sie liest, ist nicht unterworfen, nicht passiv, kein Duldender. Sich in diesem Fokus treffend, schmelzen sie dahin, heilen und werden geheilt, und werden, so lange sie es auf sich nehmen, zu etwas Drittem. Eine asketische Form, proteisches Genre, lebendige Mentalität; schafft eher Zeit und Raum, als daß es sie wegnimmt. Glücklich sind die, die sich - wenn auch nur in einem einzigen Punkt des Haiku - treffen und berühren können." (Ákos Fodor)

 

WORKSHOP HAIKU
translated by Éva Antal

Perhaps do not even touch it.
Just look at it, look at it,
until it becomes beautiful.

 

TEST QUESTION FOR EVERY DAY
translated by Éva Antal

Do you still see
what you look at, or you only
know: "there" "it" "is"?

 

FROM THE BEST OF INTENTIONS
translated by Gábor G. Gyukics and Michael Castro

fall asleep;
die the same way a child
bites into an apple.

 

MEETING
translated by Gábor G. Gyukics and Michael Castro

I plan it as a farewell

 

THE HAIKU
translated by Tamás Révbíró

in front of my feet
a bird sat, and then took flight.
Now I'm heavier.

 

AXIOM
translated by Tamás Révbíró

You should try and help
everything to be the way
it is anyway.

 

ECHO ON EPICTETUS
translated by Tamás Révbíró

Don't say, "I lost it",
about anything. Rather
say, "I gave it back".

 

AXIOM
translated by Tamás Révbíró

Parents and killers:
almost-innocent servants.
They just execute.

 

ZENsation
translated by Tamás Révbíró

Look, the snow gives body to the wind!

 

DISILLUSIONIST
translated by Tamás Révbíró

Why should I travel
when I can be a stranger
right here, standing still?

 

Futár Iván (1951-)

Vallejo

Painted dragonfly -
shadow of greymorning sky.
Fireless dragon.

 

Gergely László (1940-2010)

the spider in my bathtub doesn't want to take a shower…

doors and windows securely shut - now I am utterly free…

a fly strolls about on my screen - I don't dare to slap…

after many a days the problem came to light: a hair in my nose

taking a rest I cry out my favourite blaa-blaa-text

Wednesday comes upon Wednesday - how so shrinks a week so fast

spring flood story: a man catches fishes at the central square of the village

prayers in May: send oh God some rain - please stop it

two old glasses of mine on my nose - everything looks pretty good

translating haiku - swinging on word-lianes in the web-jungle

a few departing
yellow leaves hide some
tiny bunch of grapes

table-cloth of leaves
around the trees - winter comes
to clear the table

swirling vapor
from a sigh
it's not spring yet

the frostwork on my window
melts when you come
but runs cold if you go

warmth in November
a band of tom-tits
invades my willow

not the clouds
darken my shadow -
it is the evening

chicken liver explodes
in the micro
taste of chink orts

luminous lantern
over the silent graveyard -
glowing full moon

 

Gyukics Gábor (1958-)

Budapest in Three Sentences

Restructured bridges
Arch over mighty Danube
It doesnt resist.

West mingles with East
Most women have no bra on
Men eyes go goggle.

Posters flood the walls
The natives aren't amazed
The buildings don't mind.


St. Louis in Three Sentences

Wide avenues rumble
Empty cross streets bow slightly
I walk upon them.

Big river borders
Ghosts haunt downtown with ease
The Arch shines above.

Jazz trumpet plays tunes
From North to East and around
Makes it worth living.


San Francisco in Three Sentences

Mexicans sunbathe
Whites and blacks care for nothing
Asians prevail.

Hills create waves
The climates do not argue
They maintain the pace.

The beats are long gone
Attitude replaced the groove
Memory remains.


Brooklyn in Three Sentences

Latino heaven
Polish butcher stores avail
Russians run the joints.

Brownstones have a price
Yuppie tenants on the rise
Leaves cover the ground

Boardwalk leads the way
All who enter the city
Find a wrought village.


Some Haiku

Ants on sunflowers
Crawl to gather gray striped
Seeds for the winter

---

Trees of fallen leaves
Diligently fight against
Our human tempest

---

Beautiful embrace
Whispers angel-lip music
Wild tear drops smile

---

On rusty branches
As I watch them from your room
Woodpeckers knocking

---

Poisonous beauty
Drags the season of dreams that
Hasn't arrived yet

---


Rain

Evening breeze vibrates
Rusty autumn eyelashes
Shy tear drops gather


El Nino

The hiding tempest
Reveals her spitting power
Waters a flower


Blue Chaos

It is not, not us
The blue moon bravely shining
Tangled up chaos

 

Hetesi Péter Pál (1963-2012)
(Pseudonyms: Swami Tuaredo; hepepe)

Cybersutra Suite

At the 7th Stone

One Sip of Skylence:
Now I got to create my
own Reality.

Six Feet under the
Horizon the Way crosses
Prospero's Stairways.

In the Focuse of
equilateral Triangle
the Doors are open…

 

Broken Soundz of Nite

Monsters & Demons
were stormin' in the Basement
of your Universe.

Broken Soundz of Nite.
Anger. Mortal Fear. Depression.
Manuscript of Storm.

Cosmic Accidents.
Let off your bad Tunes and Waves.
It's all over now.

 

Knowhereland

Knowhereland. Forest.
The Blue turns moss - green. How can
I learn to fly now?

Our Rainbow Palais
recovers in Labyrinth
of Crystal Fire…

Mistake your Past for
Future like anybody
else. Shine your Palette.

 

Haiku Tripthichon I.

Moonbeam splashes down.
Irregular Vibrations
elf the scraped Sky.

Weaponless Wedding.
Pearls are liyn' low. The Paths
never fade away.

Flush Years are troopin':
Manouevre of Ants. Hide me
Hole of Emptiness…

 

Haiku Triptichon II.


Light Coke. Cigarettes.
Deatbeat Drum and Bass Nite. Too
wide, too deep, to dark.

Techno from Moscow.
Freeform free Drumz of Freedom.
Cybersutra suite.

Error in Mirror.
Terror Diffusion. I'd like
2 remix my Life…

 

Haiku Triptichon III.

The Monk went back home.
FairyTales navigate him
'cross the Universe!

Marilyn Monroe
is on the Road again. I'm
waitin' 4 my Sun.

Holy Emptiness.
Jesus is sleepin' in the
Shadow of Buddha...

 

Prima Materia
(deutscheundschuld)

Gape! Bum! Be boob!
Forget everything what you
Can. You never die…

Saraswati dances
with my dragons & dolphins.
on Diamond - Raibow...

Moon over the Sea.
Silver Symbol flickers on Waves.
Atlantis awake!

Cyberpest - 2005.08.01. 14:52

 

Horváth Márton (1941-)

Nine haiku

Migrating swallows.
My shiny pebbles also
scatter.

Distant train whistle
grass grows between my teeth
my face a wild goose.

Ah, fox girls
Jasmine scented icon
fallen from a book.

Like pebbles in the mouth,
my heart slowly melts.
Poppies blooming.

Lily-of-the-valley,
Green deep secret, lust white
a row of teeth opening.

Resting - snow and silence
white-glowing solitude
green mistletoe on the tree.

Hedge rose flower,
a slight wind can blow away
your light colours.

Pale sunshine.
Raven sits on a pole,
your eyes are turning green.

Few leaves at the top
my love bleeds on
my faded cloak.

 

Káliz Endre (1954-)

slow breeze
bristles my green tea on a stone
butterfly-death

at the old duck's bay
in the pagoda of pain
poet sings for his nymphe

stone-buddha singing
dancing in the lukewarm rain
dog-latin of mine

crescent kills desert
sad sand kills wind and mummies
slave-girl is kissing

river pays short waves
violoncello by my side
no-one on the earth

flute swimming at night
souls discovering bodies
the paradise lost

soft breeze is boring
listening to fidelio
nouns in the basket

in thy orisons
repeat my name milady
snows of yester-year

wavering donna
mitigates my solitude
oh blood sweat and tears

the moon drinks cruel time
they are loving me again
your smiling bosoms

two ducks on the shore
your small jade-clit is gazing
kind crystal gazing

on the long silk road
fire and water sleeping deep
kiss the monk, camel

fly do fly away
my small sweet sandesha-swan
is she still living?

two soft pears lie
lucky liars are never blue
and me. the sad poet?

a rolling stone sings
the ever laziest flies fly
money on the road

mute jazz is drinking
at the dark corner two men
me and ganesha


8 Haikus

(ZEITUNG DER OBDACHLOSEN "FEDÉL NÉLKÜL" (OHNE DACH) 2005.)

1.
herbstliche liebe
mit der wind gegangene
so bald wird beschneit...

2.
blaues himmelchen
ißt kleine weiße wolke
dort spaziert der wind

3.
gelbe straßenbahn
fährt doch nicht zur traumfrau
so weit als sklavin...

4.
käse und rotwein
warten auf dem tisch auf uns
wo bleibst du, engel...

5.
die sonne schwimmt auf
und so sprach zarathustra
lieb dieses mädchen...

6.
wann dein kitzler oh
meine zunge küßt, geniß'
ich den himmel still...

7.
stiller mondschein lacht
runder po süßer abend
küßt seele zärtlich...

8.
der schöner wiesel
wartet auf grüner wiesel
auf dich mein schätzchen...

 

Kántor János Kurszán (1941-)
English versions by Ferenc Bakos


Custody-secret:
though the cage is open
yet she keeps flying back.

Groveland scene:
a footpath sign for
stray butterflies.

Under your mask
bygone carnivals examine
grief and pleasure.

Shivery spiders
in a desolate field shelter -
sex is over.


Four Profane Pieces

dewy rose
in glare of the sun
losing virginity

on my begonia's
snow-white petal -
an ugly blowfly!

pouring rain -
peeping from under
my sweetheart's skirt

kissing my bottom
without any shame:
a lurking flea

English version by Anatoly Kudryavitsky

an arrow in the grove
showing the direction
to butterflies

 

Mándy Gábor (1945-)
http://www.geocities.com/mandygabor/english.htm

Haiku exercises

1.
Standing by a creek,
I'm watching a little bird,
thirsty for a kiss.

2.
Nothing is moving.
The bird and I are silent --
tamed by each other.

3.
Your clothing all dropped.
The flames of your body burn.
Tears in my eyes.

4.
The bird is now gone.
Her song is here for a while,
but fading away.

5.
The wind is chilly.
The sky is crowded with stars.
Of them you are one.

6.
The snow is falling,
there are sparkles in the ice
on my frozen heart.

7.
The rose in the field.
Trotten down so many times!
It's growing downwards.


Have Haiku

Been robbed, gotten sick,
grown old and lost everything:
these are all I have.

 

Molcer Mátyás (1935-)

Mathias Molcer: Aufgebrochene Flöte, Übertragung von Dr. Marthe Pfeiffer, Subotica, 2009 (Der Originaltitel: Tört fuvolára. Illustration: Mathias Molcer)

 

Németh Péter Mikola (1953-)

SEVEN HAIKUS
English versions by Szepesi Beatrix

(I.)

For Zoltán Szügyi

Burning mirror-death:
pupa-body, butterfly-soul
winging its flight-fate.

(II.)

The death of the self
is a Never-Bird passing
from the nest of life.

ITEM

Don't worry, it is always
the other who dies, not you.

(III.)
Heart growing heavy.
And still it is able to rise.
– „ Ecce homo !”

(IV.)

Masks on the faces.
Salt, water and bloody sweat.
– The crucified's dead!

(V.)

Gravestone is his back.
He's lavish in spending blood
on a burial shroud.

(VI.)

The air rings with bells.
The bottom of hills tremble.
Resurrection it is!

(VII.)

Starlight in the sea.
Hollow sky at early dawn.
Reawakening.


NINE HUNGARIAN HAIKUS
English versions by Bea Jusze

(Impressione to Pál Szinyei Merse's paintings)

For Zsófia + Kristóf, the two wayfarers and brush-murderers

(1.)                       

In the shade of stacks
Sweet-smelling hay embraces
you and me – alone.

(2.)                               

Lark song in the sky
Injures the landscape around:
- Heavenly  passion.

(3.)                                

Salt-sprinkled feathers
are dancing waltz in the light.
Such a grave presence.

(4.)

My winking eyelids
open a field of poppies
into the distance.

(5.)

Faun's hot desire
booms filling the air with
sounds of temptation.

(6.)

Behind the fleeces,
prancing and dancing alone
the cold Sunlit Moon.

(7.)

Lady in violet
poses in the lap of nil,
pondering idly.

(8.)

On Led Zeppelin
we escape into the blue sky
with the help of air.

(9.)

In Merse's landscape
divine dispensation can
turn into Still-life.

 

Oravecz Imre (1943-)

SIX HAIKUS
FROM A TRAVELOG

on Midwest

they are making pigs
out of corn, freedom, history
out there in Iowa

on a direction

travelling day and night,
seeking the western way lost
both inside, outside

on a stop

coyote's body
run over on 80 West,
the view undamaged

on Nevada

sagebrush, sand and sign,
buckaroo's trail continues
in deserted minds

on California

captain Sutter still
trying to prevent some people
from making gold rush

on a late night show

John Wayne on tv
accidentally involved
in a commercial

Egy földterület növénytakarójának változása,
Magvető Könyvkiadó, Budapest, 1979, 66-67. oldal

 

Pachnik Zoltán (1958-)

Christmas Eve -
lonely granny at the station:
shelter till midnight mass.

 

Szennay Ilona (1958-)

SPRING

Absolving

from Holy Heigh
to the consacreted depth
falling late dew

In memoriam Sándor Reményik

marvellous petals
looming soft infinity
snow-flakes of delight

Spring Watercolour

light rose plum-blossom
wet with early morning dew
misty mountains

Spring Surprise

from under a mound
of mould-green soaked cardboard
springing forth hyacint

For Engagement

soft apple-blossom
golden patch of dandelions
humming honey bees

Hope

on limestone hills
among immortalles
tulips are dreaming

Remembrance

blood red blossom
of a pomegranate tree
your testimony

Humility

Small honey-spiders
are swarming on garden gate.
Climb over the fence!

Reward

standing on a crag
large rhododendron-valley
unfolded before us

SUMMER

Old Lake

1
spacious blue dome
white cloudlet petals
Holy Wind

2
approaching night
on the avenue of poplars
dancing gold rays

3
cicadas’ chirp
a patch of St. John’s wort
in sunset flames

Heat

on the tip of a stalk
dazzling violet flower
in the midday light

Deserted Garden

fuzzy mint flowers
bloomy dark-violet petals
buzzing honey-bees

Pain

St. John’s wort colour
shadow on the church tower
sunset blood

Wish

tip of a poplar
top of a dreaming haycock
closer to the sky

Shelter

cool-white mud walls
in the ramshackle farmhouse
no scorching sunshine

In the Garden

yellow and orange
small pot marigold faces
shining summer-smile

Sacrifice

rust-coloured clouds
your clotted blood on the grass
bumble-bees’ buzz

Scenes of Vácrátót

1
bright-green duckweed
dragonflies above the swamp
lazy water

2
lonely water mill
on the mossy rock of brook
heavy crystaldrops

Canning

Flies are tasting
the sweet apricot juice.
Jam is beeing canned.

AUTUMN

In the Churchyard

under the maple
a lizard is sunbathing
on a black marble slab

Göd in October

chilly morning
wind of autumn is swirling
the thick leafcarpit

Station

old russet cat
is sitting on the dry leaves
waiting for the train

Autumn Pictures

1
yellow robinia leaf
got stuck to the cobweb
twirling in the light

2
silver poplar leaf
is falling on the gravel path
rustling loudly

3
golden rays of light
are filtering through the shutters
late autumn gingko-leaves

4
colourful morning
shining Persian magic tree
in gloomy autumn

WINTER

In Memoriam Matsuo Basho

standstill-stones
in the stream of chattering
your heavy words

Original Sin

on the delicate petals
of a daisy
unspongable spots

Archive Photograph

wide open eyes
a brave palm
last handshake
the movement
of your waving

Leafless Garden

1
dry fallen leaves
little blackbird is jumping
echos in the street

2
fog is falling
dogs are barking loudly
the mask is off

3
storm-wind has come
leaf-dresses have fallen
no shelter

Rhythm

shining crystaldrops
on the sea-green leaves of grass
ebb and flow

November

on the maple-tree
a single bright-red leaf
blazing tongue of flame

Winter Pictures

1
fresh green grass
first snow in November
unexpected death

2
wanderer’s straw hat
on a dead olive branch
covered with snow

Dream

frost nips the rosehips
deep red blood drops in the snow
Sleeping Beauty

Christmas

dusty pebbles
hidden crystal-light
in the mineral

Sunset in January

on the rustling leaves
of a Persian magic tree
old gold raindrops

Consolation

appearing sometimes
through a windy dream-slit
miraculous gull

In the Wood

cool barks of beech wood
sunshine breaks through the leaves
dry-blue streambed

Varna in September

screeming seagulls
rustling plane-leaves
are swept away

On the Way Home

in the thick of the fog
appears the misty-blue sky
glimmer of hope

Misty Morning

crumbling tree trunks
red leaves under a maple
lonely benches

Philemon and Baucis

two trebling poplars
a spreading and a strong one
burning stubble-field

 

Tandori Dezsõ (1938-)

KONTINUITÄT

Kontinuität:
was du warst, war immer "zu":
viel, wenig, früh, spät.

 

Kavafis-haiku

Already half past two!
How quickly a year has passed.

 

Koan 1

Further from you?
Closer to you?
Neither from you nor to you.
Neither near or far.

Alan E. Williams. Dezső Tandori Set to Music

 

Tarnoc, Jon (Tarnóc János, 1964-)

 

Terebess Gábor (1944-)
.....Haiku in the Luggage
.....Translated from the Hungarian by Jon Tarnoc
.....Published by artORIENT Press, 2006, 208 pp.

 

Török Attila (1967-)

HAIKU

fall, and I'm watching
the leaves of an old maple
as they fall
....................in
..............................love

(Practical English Teaching, June 1991)

 

freight train chugs along
its sight muffled by the fog
but oh, not the sound

(October 22, 2004)

 

scanning old loose-leaf
manuscripts with a tea bag
soaking in my cup

(October 22, 2004)

 

Vihar Béla (1908-1978)

we are two at the birth
we are two in love, lonely
at the time of death

 

Vihar Judit (1944-)
http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/test99/poet-details/?IDclient=697

birds singing,
the pear-tree flowering:
gulash soup on the simmer
(English version by Anatoly Kudryavitsky)

Let thousand ikebana
decorate your grave
and a haiku-string.
(In Memoriam Erika Schwalm, 17 December 2005)

At early morning
we are in bed comfortably -
bomb outrage

(English version by the author)

Behind an old hut
I drink from the well of
the Past.

(English version by the author)

 

Vörös István (1964-)

1

JANUARY

New Year, new morning.
The palms of our hands fill up
with last year's racket.


EXAMINATION

He doesn't yet know
what to think of you. Time was,
he was an angel.


2

FEBRUARY

The armed knight of the
shortest month is on his guard.
If he's scared, snow falls.


MAKING THE POINT

On his neck, three points.
In the middle of his brown
eye, see black and white.


3

MARCH

What is holy? Don't
even think about this, the
snowdrop bloom told me.


THE PICTURE LOOKER

Her smile regards us,
but her regard is a smile.
Loneliness in spring.


4

APRIL

The self-confident
clown surveys us through his mask.
We sit near a chair.


JOKE

Laughing man pulls out
the air from underneath us.
He's concerned for it.


5

MAY

Unsuspecting bloom.
Round this time, resurrection
is compulsory.


OUR OBLIGATIONS

If resurrection's
compulsory, was living?
And was sleeping, too?


6

JUNE

Cart-driver, skipper,
do you cruise seas, or set sail
for a poppy field?


LOOKING

He feeds a donkey
of his own imagining.
His look heals angels.


7

JULY

Pirate of summer
Takes down the sun from the top
of God's lofty head.


SEEING

He sees back to front.
The past's a secret to him,
the future - boring.


8

AUGUST

Love is not a game.
The deer sees the snake in the
base of the haystack.


CLOUDLESS NIGHT

She see that which is
not. She smiles because it is.
What will be will be.


9

SEPTEMBER

Stripes on his forehead:
three colors. On his hand: one.
A single ripe grape.


WEARING GLASSES IN THE DARK

What lies behind the
spectacle? Muddy fruit skin
collects by the well.


10

OCTOBER

Frost on the forest.
Oh, where did the present go?
When will the past come?


KNOW IT ALL

Knowing how to laugh
means you know it all. If you
know it all, why ask?


11

NOVEMBER

Light of late autumn.
You wake to the mist of dreams.
Just a mouth is red.


IN HORIZONTAL LIGHT

She knows something. Don't
ask, for she'll answer. She'll take
it into her head.


12

DECEMBER

White Christmas. The sun
goes down over snowy coal.
And it isn't cold.


NEW YEAR'S FIREWHEEL

The earth-ghost in front
of a black wall of water.
Mountain air blows by.


13

THE 13TH MONTH

This cold winter burns.
It's not easy to be good.
Even gloves don't help.


THE GHOST OF THE 13TH MONTH

You have no time left.
You can only pay up once.
Money is not time.