Haiga © Steliana C. Voicu

primul vis din an -
lucrurile pentru care
am renunţat să mai lupt

first dream of New Year -
all the things I gave up 
fighting for

premier rêve de l'année -
tous les choses pour lequels 
j'ai renoncé de lutter plus

(Nihongo 日本語)
hatsuyume 初夢
banbutsu no tame ni 万物のために
tatakatte akirameta 戦ってあきらめた

NHK Haiku Masters, Haiku Master of the week, Jan 2, 2017

Many thanks to NHK team jury for published my haiga and for selected Haiku Master of the week! I am very, very happy and honored!
And many thanks to Mrs. Kazuko Nishimura and Mrs. Kit Pancoast Nagamura for their kind comments!

Mrs. Kazuko Nishimura comment:
"In Japan, the first dream you see in the new year is said to represent your fortune for the rest of that year. If it’s a good dream, the following year will be full of happiness. In the same way, a bad dream hints of a year that may not be what you hope. The melancholic haiku tells the story of someone who spent their younger years chasing various goals and dreams, but as time goes by, that person comes to the realization that sometimes we have to give up on certain things to proceed forward. By pairing the haiku with a photo that is reminiscent of the joy of Christmas, it tells the audience that those things we have to give up may include things we truly enjoy. Starting the opening line with “first dream” does a great job of exciting the reader’s imagination, as the audience tries to figure out what kind of dream the narrator may have seen."

Mrs. Kit Pancoast Nagamura comment:
"On its own, this haiku could seem to address a grim topic: a dream about things once worth struggling for, but now surrendered to disillusionment. However, the photo is anything but dark: a robin’s egg blue table is strewn with gold baubles, stars, tea light candles, and a Christmas tree. This lifts the mood, suggesting that the New Year’s dream inspires in the narrator a fresh resolve to recover what was lost. The steely verb “fight” indicates that whatever was lost was something vital. Perhaps the New Year’s dream is to recover some kind of faith, in religion, or in the magic of shooting stars, or in oneself."