Michiko Oishi March Arts Marathon

Participant: Michiko Oishi

Mission: I’ll write a Haiku or Tanka (Japanese Poetry) each day in Japanese and English and share it by Email.

March Arts Marathon is a fundraiser for Asylum Seekers Assistance Network (ASAN), a project of CVRAN. The work of ASAN is to get asylum seekers out of detention and resettled in Central Vermont. We are already supporting a family of four and plan to take in other asylum seekers this year. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for legal bonds, living expenses, and lawyers’ fees. March Arts Marathon is a community effort: Every day in March, poets and writers and artists and photographers will each send a piece of work to friends and family. And friends and family will donate to support this work. Together we will be helping to welcome new Americans who in turn will add immeasurably to our own communities.

Supporting asylum seekers is the work close to my heart since I worked in the refugee camp in Thailand and a repatriation program in Laos before coming to Vermont. After settling to Vermont with my family myself, I started writing Japanese poetry to connect with my new home and surrounding nature.

For past twenty years I’ve been writing poetry in Japanese almost every day. I will share it with you in English along with my original Japanese by Email.

Here are some samples:

俳句Haiku (5-7-5 syllabuses + seasonal word):

小説の中に我が町冬日向

Shousetsuno nakaniwagamachi fuyuhinata

my town

in a novel

sunny time of winter

短歌Tanka (5-7-5-7-7 syllabuses):

雪の庭朝まだ残る月明かり尾の美しき獣消え行く

Yukinoniwa asamadanokoru tsukiakari onoutsukushiki kemonokieyuku

snowy garden

still lit by moonlight

with its beautiful tail

an animal is

disappearing

I’m grateful to be able to help this wonderful work by participating in this program. I will appreciate your support from my heart.

Sincerely,

大石道子

Michiko Oishi



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