A Hundred Gourds 2:4 September 2013
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Haiku in Earth Language

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black water pond
how deep
the crow's eyes

  Sanjukta Asopa - India


The author is looking into the depth of nature, and the pictograph emphasizes the depth using the concentric circle too around the deep pond in black.

In this EarthLan translation, I used an exclamatory expression . The large circle symbol is used not only for a circle or globe but also to create an abstract term that works systematically. Color symbols were made with that circle. There are various color symbols and other abstract symbols that we use in Earth Language.

bio photoYoshiko McFarland has been developing Earth Language since 1988 just after immigrating to the USA, and managing the Earth Language website since 1996. In 1999, she started a poem section there to show examples of Earth Language translations of others' short poems adding each pictograph. Through this work, she has occasionally enjoyed making her own haiku using the name, ‘hoo’.

Yoshiko was a herbal batik painter in north western Japan until 1987, making various commissioned works and many private exhibitions mainly with the theme of the ancient and mythological world, searching history and hidden or living remains for millenniums around the local area. She published a story book, Kamos (the mother goddess of ancient Japan) in 1987.

Earth Language is a result of listening to the ancient people and nature voices.

Further reading and viewing:

1.Yoshiko McFarland’s Archive of Poems and Pictographs in Earth Language

2. Yoshiko McFarland’s Facebook Earth Language Page