Nepal – the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without – Buddha

Haiku by Janak Sapkota

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 6, 2012

Haiku in Nepali and English
English translations by the author

in the refugee camp
the full moon strays tonight
into the water pitcher
not to be alone
in the riverbed I sleep
with the autumn moon
winter –
as I walk alone
gurgling river
a white pigeon
drops a feather in the yard
first winter snow
Winner of the Ukia Haiku Competition 2009
a dark moon overhead
even my shadow is weary
out on the street

Janak Sapkota is from Nepal, currently a postgraduate science student in Finland. He has published Lights Along the Road, a collection of haiku co-authored with the American poet Suzy Conway. He won the Smurfit Samhain International Haiku Prize 2006 and the Seventh Annual Ukia Haiku Competition 2009. While on a writing residency at Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc, Donegal, Ireland, he publishedFull Moon, a limited edition of his haiku with Irish language translations by Gabriel Rosenstock and images by Danielle Creenaune.


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