I name every butterfly
Bob Lucky - Ethiopia
Chinese philosopher 荘子is called
in many different ways, usually Zhuangzi in
English but Chuangzi also, while a Japanese
person reads the character as Soushi. Here I
follow the author's way. Chuangzi lived around
the 4th century BCE, and his legend of the
butterfly dream is popular even among western
haiku poets. In the legend, Chuangzi was a
butterfly with happy wings forgetting all about
being a human in his dream. When he awoke from
the dream, he was Chuangzi, and wondered if
being the butterfly was real and Chuangzi was
just a dream. The author plays with the Dao
image, while watching butterflies in Ethiopia!
EarthLan has a phonetic system too. This haiku
gives us an example of how to write a name in an
EarthLan sentence. Using the same bases but
distinguishing the phonetic part from the
remainder, EarthLan shows how to pronounce a
name in its phonetic system.
In this translation, the phonetic part is bound
by phonetic phonetic brackets.
Phonetic brackets also have other functions such
as making a logo or a short form for the sound
of a name, by overlaying phonetic bases on top
of the right-phonetic bracket.