THE FIRST PRIZE OF FIRST SHAOLIN WAHNAM POETRY COMPETITION
(reproduced from http://shaolin.org/general-3/poetry-competition/first.html)
Now, Father’s hands are wrinkled.
When I was a child, I thought they were the biggest hands in the world.
When those hands would squeeze mine, I would be reassured.
When I couldn’t sleep at night, those hands would hold me and gently pat me on the back.
Probably when Father was just born, his hands must have been plump and round.
During his youth, he must have experienced hardship.
When he met Mother, when I was born and my little brother was born, he must have been happy.
Hands that worked so hard for his family and society, Father’s.
Now, I am the one who squeezes his hands.
Not quite sad, not quite happy.
My Father’s wrinkled hands.
Translater into English by Sifu Emiko Hsuen
Original Poem in Japanese
As if Sifu’s generosity and spirit of scholarship were not already amazing, there are now additional prizes as follows.
Rather than a single prize for best non-English poem there will be A prize for each Non-English section of the forum in which there are three or more entries. The prize for each language group will be One Complimentary Regional Course.
So, to be clear, potentially we could see prizes for:
Best Chinese Poem in Translation
Best French Poem in Translation
Best German Poem in Translation
Best Japanese Poem in Translation
Best Spanish Poem in Translation
Best Russian Poem in Translation
Best Italian Poem in Translation
and as before, those poems are eligible also for the Grand Prize.
Keep your pencils sharp!