This week’s topic, lost in translation, inspired one of the contest’s most poignant poems, though in this case not strictly a haiku.
“Je suis Charlie”: so
easy to confuse “I am”
with “I follow”
by Sarah Leavesley
French for “I am” is je suis. French for “I follow” is je suis. Jim Kacian, founder of the Haiku Foundation, says: “The poet has skilfully seized the catchphrase from the recent horrific event and used it as her first image — an entire mindspace arrives. It resonates with the potential calamity a simple overlap in diction might create. A startling and telling poem of much power.”
The next topic is the vocation.
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