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Haiku by Borivoj Bukva

Na tavanu In the year
u godini stakora of the rat, the attic has
ponestalo zita.  run out of wheat.
Ptica u kavezu. A bird in the cage
Ubrzano kucanje srca Rapid pulse
u nedogled.  forever.
Bogomoljka na A mantis
prstu djevojke, prati on a girl's finger, follows me
me pogledom.  with its glance.
U vodi trazim In water I look for
nedirnutu ljepotu - untouched beauty -
gol golcat! stark naked!
Rasplinut sam Dispersed
poletio nebesima I have flown to the skies
bez sebe - sebi! without myself - to myself!
List do lista, Leaf by leaf,
suma do sume, misli woods by woods -
zazelenjele. my thoughts turn green.
Zvjezdana prasina Stardust
uhvacena u mrezu caught in the net
bez ijedne ribe! but not a single fish!
Tisina groblja. The quietness of the graveyard.
Ponosit cempres A proud cypress
i humka ratnika. and a warrior's mound.
Odakle dolaze Where from come
ti tamni oblaci? these gloomy clouds?
Odnose ljeto. They take along Summer.
Sin sam vjetra Son of wind I am
otegnut u vremenu. prolonged in time -
Pridruzi mi se! follow me!
Dolina suza. Valley of tears.
Podnozje planine sa Foot of mountain with
vise jezera. more lakes.
Na kori bazge On the elder bark
u zamahu sjekira, in the swing of an axe,
gusjenica. a caterpillar.
na podu leze on the floor
glumci i maske - actors and masks -
ruza na stolu on the table a rose

Borivoj Bukva was born on November 10, 1948, in Karlovac, Croatia. He still lives in Croatia, where he is a machine engineer.

Apart from haiku poetry, he writes prose and goes in for fine arts, esotery and theosophy. He has published the following books: SVJETILJKE I ZIVOT (LAMPS AND LIFE), prose stories, Rijeka,1994; PETA RIJEKA (THE FIFTH RIVER), a collection of poetry, Rijeka,1996; U PROLAZU (PASSING BY), a collection of haiku poetry, Rijeka,1996; DODIR USANA (A TOUCH OF LIPS), a collection of haiku poetry, Rijeka, 1998; MJESECEV JAHAC (THE MOON RIDER), a collection of haiku poetry, Rijka,1999; LEPTIROV POLJUBAC (A KISS OF THE BUTTERFLY), a collection of haiku poetry, Rijeka, 2000; PAS KOJI JE MISLIO DA SAM ZEC (THE DOG WHO THOUGHT I WAS A RABBIT), a collection of haiku poetry, Rijeka, 2001; SKOK RIBICE (A JUMP OF A FISH), a collection of haiku poetry, Rijeka, 2002; NEBESKE GRANICE (THE SKY LIMITS), a collection of haiku poetry, Rijeka, 2003.

His articles on various topics of his interest have been published in a number of literary magazines and newspapers, home and abroad. He is a very frequent guest to the radio and TV channels. With a group of enthusiasts, he has been editing the Internet web page entitled "Karolina Rijecka." You may also find him at:

He is a member of the Haiku Society - Rijeka, the Croatian Haiku Society, the Slovenian Haiku Society, the Croatia-Japan Friendship Society and the Yugoslavia-Japan Friendship Society at the university section of Novi Sad. He was a representative to the World Haiku Festival 2000 held in Tolmin (Slovenia).

His paintings have been exhibited at the 40 single and 140 group exhibitions, in the country and abroad. He has illustrated a number of books and he has made a great number of haiga drawings. He is a recipient of several recognitions and awards for his artistic works. His poems have been published in literary magazines, on Internet web pages and in anthologies, in the country and abroad.

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