This week’s topic, lost in translation, inspired one of the contest’s most poignant poems, though in this case not strictly a haiku.

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“Je suis Charlie”: so

easy to confuse “I am”

with “I follow”

by Sarah Leavesley

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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.

Details at ft.com/haiku. Send your poems to workplace.haiku@ft.com

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