Elena Stefoi

 

 

(Romania)

 

 

 

20 Canadian Haiku

 

 

 

One day more

 

Alone, on her own,

Miracle gives living birth

At dawn, out of nothing

 

 

 

Biographical tableau

 

Everything is part of

An imprecise entirety

As certain as death

 

 

 

Late, in silence

 

Change yourself, change

This undisguised tempest –

The very last one

 

 

 

Forever between us

 

Fearing betrayal

An antiquated machine gun

On the battlements

 

 

 

Only a souvenir

 

You sang as I slept –

The long column of my lives

Went marching to war

 

 

 

About us two

 

It wasn’t meant to be –

Rusted over and malign,

The chance that slipped away

 

 

 

Brother and sister, like us

 

The twin cherry trees

At the window gladden me –

Fruitful orphans

 

 

 

On Rideau Canal

 

On still, glassy water

The Deity’s footfalls

Strike fireworks

 

 

 

Because I loved you

 

Deaf and blind

My ancient suffering

Plucks the harp strings

 

 

 

In the silence of sunset

 

You can already hear

The clip-clops of tomorrow

Galloping in armor

 

 

 

Unpaired

 

The terrible failure

Of the Almighty Lord –

Lonely women

 

 

 

About time’s passing

 

From the seconds hand

Daybreak through eventide

Drops of blood drip, drip

 

 

 

Ode to oblivion

 

My memory of you –

Three…two…one… against the wall,

The squandered bullet

 

 

 

Late spring

 

Lindens in blossom

In the eye of a cyclone –

Still I defend them

 

 

 

Nowhere to run

 

An abandoned world

Is belted tight around me –

My straitjacket

 

 

 

Sunday in Major Park

 

A kite soars above

From the hands of two lovers –

Boss of the angels

 

 

 

Ottawa Spring

 

A sea of tulips –

This Babylon of colors

At Festival time

 

 

 

When you betrayed me

 

The truemasterpiece

Has forever closed its eyes

In our shared bed

 

 

 

At 1000 islands

 

Hungry flocks of birds

Signs of crisis everywhere –

Ecstatic children

 

 

 

Eternal story

 

Poem never written,

Passionate, charismatic –

My own Prince Charming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elena Ștefoi is the author of nine books of poetry, among them The Waterline (1983),Drafts and Stories (1989), The Starting Line (1996), Interim Report (2011). In 2005 she published a career anthology, Behind the Conquerors, and in 2008 the dual-language, Romanian-English volume, Somewhere in a Different Realm/ Undeva, într-un alt plan(Translated by Adam J. Sorkin and Liana Vrajitoru).
 
Her poems have appeared in English in Dominion Review, Frigate, Metamorphoses, Pif Magazine, International Poetry Review, Ygdrasil, Black Robert Journal, Cairn, Interstice, Philadelphia Poets, Antigonish Review and Turbulence Magazine, among others.
 
She has also been published in anthologies abroad such as Antologia Poezii Rumunskiej(Panstwowy Institut Wydawniczy, Warsaw, 1989); Child of Europe (Penguin Books, London, 1990); Young Poets of a New Romania (Forest Books, London 1990); An Anthology of Romanian Women Poets Columbia University Press, N.Y., 1994); Der Buch de Ränder Lyrik (Wieserverlag, Klaggenfurt-Salzburg, 1995); Gefärliche Serpentinen, Rumänische Lyrik der Gegenwart (Galrev, Berlin, 1998); Nous, la multitude (Le Temps de Cerises, Paris, 2011).
 
Her work has been commended by the Romanian Writers’ Union. In 2011Turbulence Magazine (Hull, UK) nominated one of her poems (Common Past) for a Pushcart Prize.

 

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