Eva, who is from Slovakia, is an active pensioner, teacher of the Slovak language and proofreader of Slovak works. I asked her why her English was so good and she replied that her teacher was very good as was her translator.

She writes poetry as a hobby. She is intrigued by haiku in particular because of it simplicity and purity of speech. She has written books:

  • Haiku in the stream of life
  • Searching in the pedigree

Like many other guests she recommends reading haiku to improve your knowledge and style. She herself has read translations of Japanese poets: Basho, Buson, Issa and Shiki, Kakinomoto, Hitomaro and others.

Additionally she recommends the British Haiku Society as a good source of learning.

Let’s hear her Haiku:

rainless day
I lean into rays
of sun

As I read this haiku I can feel the sun on my face. I don’t know about you, but that’s one of the things that makes me feel very, very happy.

Thanks for your great haiku Eva. I look forward to hearing you again.

Week 16: Guest Haiku from Eva Drobná