Reflection Haiku: Living Modern Lives the Simple Way
– Lily Wang’s English and Chinese Zen Shorts
About a year ago, the idea of this book first came to me. I was inspired to write a chapbook in the name of REFLECTION HAIKU to help myself and my readers simply their modern lives. Our earthly world ebbs and flows with challenges and changes, with emotional ups and downs. Oftentimes, all it takes is a poem, a yoga pose or a wonderful serendipity to dissolve those limited thoughts in the Presence of Peace.
Last to my haiku series, REFLECTION delivers fifty-two zen shorts bilingually in English and traditional Chinese which are paired by similar topics but they are not the exact translations of each other. These two distinguished languages require different approaches to consummate the artistic point and the ability to read Chinese will certainly add much dimension to our poetic encounter. Nonetheless, as I traveled from Taiwan to the world, I’ve met people of all nationalities expressing to me their love for the beauty of this ancient language. It is to those who share a kindred appreciation for the Chinese writing I dedicate this book. Thus, even if you don’t read Chinese, I hope you find those oriental lines, like paintings of words, still a joy to see.
This ebook, written in 3-line format, contains statements of quiet reflections about places I’ve been, animals I admire, gifts about life and messages that flashed into my eyes in a year’s time. The most magnificent views are hidden in the ordinary scenes and the great enlightenment lies within in this moment. Wherever you are in the spiritual path, may this book be your friendly companion –