Haiku and Pictograph in EL, "flying fish" by Dhugal J Lindsay;
- January 2010 -

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This is an EL (Earth Language) experimental page to enjoy the image of a haiku/short poem originally in English or Japanese.
When you can't see the Japanese parts, please don't mind and just skip those parts, or see here to view Japanese.

Happy New Year! I'm sorry for skipping this series for several months last year, due to healing my crazy vision and preparing to move our living base. These are still in progress, but I made this page for the beginning of 2010. After months, I realized that I forgot many things about how to use the computer and names of image-files; but not about basic Earth Language! ...hoo

For this time, I chose one of Dhugal J. Lindsay's haiku from First Australian Haiku Anthology edited by John Bird.
The author wrote originally in Japanese in alphabet and English. I was impressed by his fresh and clean viewpoint even with his classical Japanese haiku style; and wondered what kind of person he was. I was satisfied by knowing that he was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, in 1971; and is currently working at Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology in Yokosuka, Japan, using submersibles to research the ecology and behaviors of deep sea organisms. He began writing haiku in Japanese in 1991 and is active in several haiku groups in Japan.

About this haiku, flying fish:
In the place I had lived near the Sea of Japan, they called this fish Ago. A kind of sausage made of it couldn't be omitted from New Year's cuisine there. I was fascinated by schools of the flying fish on a boat. A fish shop there often had lively Ago like the one in this haiku.

Reminding me such scenes, this haiku simply sketches a dead condition of a fish,
but actually asks a question about the reader's lifestyle in the present time, I felt.
"Will I () be spreading my wings, when I go out of my life ()?"
Since everybody is born, everybody will die sometime.
I'll do my best to live stretching out my wings from my body this year.

To the haiku

新年おめでとうございます。昨年は視力挽回と引越し準備のために長らく休刊してごめんなさい。まだどちらも途上ですが、新年にあたって久しぶりにこのコーナーを開きます。数ヶ月のブランクでソフトウェアの使い方やイメジ・ファイルネームを忘れててこずりましたが、地球語の基礎は忘れてませんでした! ...hoo

John Birdさん編集のオーストラリアの俳句サイトからDhugal J Lindsayさんの俳句を訳します。


The original Japanese haiku by Dhugal J Lindsay:

tobiuo-no tsubasa hirogeshi mama shiseri


The English haiku by Dhugal J Lindsay

flying fish
its wings spread
even in death

The EL translation from the Japanese verse

The symbols in the EL translation
: (bracket for classification), fish}: a name of fish classified by the following symbol (魚の名前)
{go, space}: flying, fly (vi. with verb mark) (飛)
: flying fish (飛魚)
{verb mark, condition}: be + ..ing or be + adjective (状態を表す動詞記号)
(this verb explains about the present situation shown by the following character or phrase.)
{no, life}: death, dead (死)
: is dead (死んでいる)
{preposition mark, condition}: in (some condition) (後続語の状態で)
{{nature.space} (sky),{,()}(parts of 'bird')}(also as a simplified picture): wing/wings (翼)
: energy open/spread (開く、ひろがり)
: (modifying the front predicate) in the condition that (the subject's) wings spread (主語の翼が広がった状態で)

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