Anna Yin’s online poetry alive workshops for schools and Haiku workshop

Anna is a participating poet for the League’s Poets In The Schools Program, and she has thoughtfully made her “Poetry Alive” classroom workshops available on Youtube. Check out her workshop. it’s poetry fun for the whole family! 

 

Anna Yin’s Online Haiku workshop

Anna is a participating poet for the League’s Poets In The Schools Program, and she has thoughtfully made her “Poetry Alive” classroom workshops available on Youtube. Check out her workshop. it’s poetry fun for the whole family! 

 

Poems about COVID-19/抗疫诗歌分享

Waiting for You in the Sunlight

News of epidemic spread everywhere;
our anxiety and worries grow .
Yet the sun shines brightly and warmly,
birds are seen here and there.

Masks mailing to you are still on their way;
my heart waiting for you has set out flying.
I hope the spring will soon blossom,
and folks sing happily and freely.

Wandering in the woods at the moment,
I stare at the setting sun;
opening my hands to catch the distant light,
I long for a new day to come.
My dear, remember-
I am waiting for you in the sun light.

在阳光下等你/@2020/3/15

到处是疫情的消息,
到处充满焦虑。
而阳光温暖地照耀着,
鸟儿又四处可见。

寄去的几个口罩还在路上,
等你回来的心却在飞翔。
但愿那时春暖花开,
人们敞开心扉歌唱。

此刻在林中散步的我,
注视着即将降落的太阳,
伸出手掌去捕捉远去的光亮,
期待新的一天早早到来,
亲爱的,请记住,
我在阳光下等你。

写在雨水之后/星子安娜 02/19/2020

立春过后,便是雨水。
老黄历又撕下了一页。
灌木丛中心急的鸟雀飞出去,
像一把撒向空中的种子,
只是不知飞落何方。

江南的水乡无边寂寞,
一叶扁舟雾里来,雾里去,
昨夜漂在我的梦里。
北方的雪还是没有融化,
心中的诗句删了又写,
写了又删,就像田里的野草
割了又长,长了又割——
留下屋檐一串串冰凌,冷冷地闪光。

漫长的夜里,谁与我以雪煮梦,
忘记世间百态,忘记歌舞盛世,
再次记起那卖火柴的小女孩,
和那为众人抱薪的无名者?
在干净的雨水里,素面朝天,
等待春暖,等待阳光刺透?

songs from Nature
I pause to listen…
in this cold winter

*
feathers rise somewhere
I hope you
land safe

*
spring returns
sick and tired souls
weeping no more

-anna yin /2020/02/11

Ask /Anna Yin

Who has covered the Mouth of Truth?
Now all the invisible souls
wearing masks weep…

天問 /星子安娜

誰給真理之口戴上了口罩?
所有隱形的靈魂呀,
戴著口罩哭泣。。。

A Song for Nameless Heroes/無名的守護

歌詞

A Song for Nameless Heroes (trans by Anna Yin)

When our city is hushed by infection,
storms smash it with no prediction;
but fearless heroes rush to rescue
even knowing danger waits ahead.

When we say goodbye to theaters
and pause gathering for the moment;
so many nameless volunteers race
to offer their hands to save our lives.

At the moment of departure,
each one’s eyes are tearful.
Remember the vows in your heart;
each minute passing,
each silent effort,
we all promise “So long for now”.

Facing the camera, you smile.
your smiles are so bright.
But being shorn isn’t easy for you;
in fact, you are also scared,
yet you pretend to be brave…
So many touching stories like this,
Each story is a warm sun for us.

No matter worn and exhausted
you say you’re used to it –
for the cold world, there must
be someone to warm it up.
I think I see a star not afar.
I know the star is each of you.
No need to be afraid anymore.
No need to be afraid.

When we lay down yesterday ’s troubles,
we will embrace more stunning wonders.
Rainbows appear after storms for a reason,
for you give out your warmth all the time.

Perhaps dawn is almost ahead,
your smile is even sweeter.
Yet dare not relax for a moment.
Regardless of wind and rain,
no matter how difficult it is,
remember the smiling faces in your heart.
And we remember your warmth in our hearts.

You are our heroes.
You are the bright stars.
Thank you for your rescue.
Thank you for your warmth.

cherry blossom and those wings (a trip to Washington DC)

cherry blossom and those wings

1.
in morning rain
picking up fallen petals
i think of you

2.
once in blossom
now still
the light to my path

3
carried by winds
or resting in my hands
each bears a dream

4.
separated journeys to be…
home-
the same

5.
in my dream
like a child holding your hands…
i have this sweet sleep

6.
words pass through
the bird’s songs
stars are listening…

7
those wings, yours or mine?
rise up
without a sound

Anna Yin 2019/4/5

Chinese version published in Taiwan the next year.
樱花以及这些翅膀

1。
晨雨中
拾起飘落的花瓣
我想到你

2。
曾经盛开着
现在依然
照亮我的路

3
被风吹走
或在我手中栖息
每一片一个梦想

4。
相异的旅程…
家-
同样

5。
梦中
像一个小孩牵着你的手……
我有着这甜蜜

6。
私语飘过
鸟儿的歌声
星星在听……

7
这些翅膀,你的还是我的?
升起
寂静无声

Visiting Corning Museum of Glass (with photos)

#haiku #poetry #travel (@2019/4/7)
1.
I bought you
an Hour Glass- a gift…
you for me, timeless

 

2.
green eye-Cosmos Dream
i stop by…
seeing myself

 

 

 

 

 

3.
droplet by droplet
blue…
so much blue

 

 

4.
this heavy bride dress,
for whom to wear?
another snow over it…

 

 

 

 

 

5
What have they named you?
doesn’t matter now-
wings almost alright…

 

 

 

6.
by the dream-boat
i think of you…
the shore in the light

 

 

 

 

7.
time for tea…
anyone with me?
such indigo blue

 

 

 

 

8.
spinning…
our journey goes
round and round

 

 

9.
apples and pears
i pick up
their later sweet

@anna yin  #PoetryAlive

haiku from daily walk

the poems gifted to me on my walk:
1.
even though up high

with carved wings
i hear the falling sigh

2.
fallen side by side…
from the same tree
or because of the wind?

3
the owner of the house
long gone…
the water draws circles

4.
happy?
you are not the fish…
neither the cloud nor I

1。
即使高高在上
翅膀也只是雕塑的
我听到了叹息声

2。
两片红叶落在一处……
来自同一棵树
还是因为风的缘故?

3
房子的主人
早已不复存在…
流水不停地画圈

4。
快乐吗?
你不是鱼。。。
云和我也不是

 

Heart Haiku from Ride for Heart supporters

The following haiku are sending to support Haiku walking tour for Ride for Heart 2018  

(Guest editor: Claudia Radmore)  Thank you all for contribution of haiku and photos.  (Photos by Guan Tao, Oliver Yang,  Yuan Ming Hui, Coach Luo and online)

What is haiku?

A haiku is a brief poem that uses concrete images to reflect natural events and human experiences, using a two-part juxtaposition as well as simple and objective language to capture a moment of wonder or wholeness and presents the existence as it is.

Haiku is originally from Japan. It had only 17 syllables, but in English, poets like to write even shorter. But, the philosophy of haiku has been preserved: the focus is on a brief moment in time (here and now); a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment or illumination. Senryu is another similar poetry form. Here we include both.

 


From Ernesto P. Santiago (Greece)

riding together
on a long arching path —
bleeding hearts

*
bike day —
through the lush green field
a heart to unwind

*
cycling countryside
smoother than unaged wine
this poet’s heart

*
moving in the wind
with tendrils of baby’s breath
two hearts and a bike

From radhamani Sarma (India)
walking together…
his friendly touch
with fast heartbeats

*
koel calls…
my walk beating with
too many rhythms

From Chen-ou Liu(Toronto)

heart-shaped flowers
I need nothing
but birdsong

*
a ponytailed girl
draws a heart in the sand …
rising sun

From Dorothy Mahoney

heart’s ease
the dog rolling in
spring grass

From Michael Dylan Welch (US)

she tells me
I’m her heart’s desire . . .
budding blossoms

*
at the gravesite
mother says something
about a purple heart

*
for sale
at the neighbourhood pawn shop
a purple heart

 

From Bryan Cook (Ottawa)

*
that second blip
on my chart
a heart-felt caution

*
veggies and
zero fat yogurt
heart healthy

*
stressed
without my banjo
heart-ache

*
my heart and
our grandfather clock
marking time

*
with her at the Odeon
popcorn
goes my heart

*
her perfume
everlasting
in my heart

From Angelee Deodhar(India)

Valentine’s Day-
he gives me a heart shaped
blood pressure pill

 
 From FGSnow (China)
growing into love
my heart dances
in the sky

 

 

From Anna Yin (PCC)

*
Ride for Heart
new hope rises…
worries lifting

*
into the heart
of the city
how much I miss green

*
holding breath
under the dawning light
i too hear the heartbeats

*

old songs…
my heart goes on
along the moon river

*
the journey to home
beats of my heart
faster

*
mother’s day
someone draws a heart
on the sandy beach

*
breaking news
heartaching
she reaches for another pill

*

crowd after crowd
snapshots in cherry blossoms
the puppy’s cute turn

*

18th birthday
his first heartbeat
i still remember

From Jin Li (PCC)

5k to 75k
walking or biking
hearts for charity

*
shingles blown away
heavy heart up there
loyalty not shaken

*

from MOM to WOW
love and sacrifice
not only in literacy of the heart

From Leslie Yang (PCC)

fading
the cherry blossoms
and my withered heart

*

cherry blossoms at dusk
selfie couple shaking the tree
petals snow in my heart

*

flowers bloom like songs
uni-verse touches my heart
with every rhythm

From Rolly Sanchez (PCC)

rushing river
running feet
hearts feel the beat

*
up and down the valley…
sweating and striving
for tomorrow’s ride

 

From Samar Javid (PCC)

wheel turns round…
in a cycle
detoxing our heart

 

*

 

From  Cheryl Ashley (BC, Canada)

angels linger over hearts
bleeding
in my garden

*

Sound of heart beats
Hummingbirds
In the fuchsia

From Sonia Saikaley (Ottawa)

my heart longs
spring mornings
sparrows sing

***
my mother cooks
heart and soul-soothing food
Sunday dinners

From Philomene Kocher (Ontario)

bus station musician
the sound hole of his guitar
shaped like a heart

*
just a glimpse
of the oriole
enough to make my heart sing

*
so many years
this recipe I know
by heart

From John B. Lee (Ontario)

one red fist
wrapped in silk for sparring
heart within the bone

From Honey Novick (Toronto)

rose blossoms…
hope in my heart
lights up the world

From Zhang Yi (Toronto)

a dozing moon
cricket songs fade
pounding heartbeats

From kj munro (Yukon, Canada)

I reside just outside the burrow that is your heart

*
waves pounding the sand
we ignore
our heart beats

From Marjorie Bruhmuller

the heart doctor
checking my ultrasound
a spectrum of sparks

From Patrick Connors (Toronto)

the heart keeps
pumping and pulsing
blood and life

*
the source of
life and love-
our flowing heart

From Leanne McIntosh (BC)

six sudden leaps
our hearts racing
pond frog

From Lara Beasley

swans
facing each other
a heart shape

From anonymous (Toronto)

summer breeze…
my riding heart cheers
as you pass by

From Elena Naskova (USA)

curving hills
we walk to beat of our
palpating heart

*
change of heart …
an empty bird cage
in her bedroom

*
approaching you
rushing heartbeats
in my ears

*
my rattling heart
at heaven’s gateway…
Rattlesnake Ledge

*
hospital hallways
the sound of someone’s
heartbeats

*
winter night —
your rapid heartbeats
against my open palm

*
ultrasound
the room fills with
sound of heartbeats

From Alan Summers(UK)

everything starts
to begin and end––
heartwood

*
the heart
of a morning
first song

*
the cry of geese
a beating heart hears
what it hears

*
heart-throb
the first cut
heals over

*
this sorrowing heart fading into plum blossom

*
fourteen summers
the glue remains
of a paper heart

*
magnolia moon
Fukushima needs petals
for everyone’s heart

*
wedding party
a mum carries a heart
on her handbag

*
the heartbreak of others
a plane’s contrail catches up
with a flight of rooks

*
the childing autumn
I forget heartbreak
stains to violets

From Astrid Egger (BC)

her smile ahead …
past the smoothie bowl
a trail of hemp hearts

*
women’s auxiliary building
year after year
bleeding hearts

*
her heart-shaped face
behind
a sunflower mask

*
a heartfelt prayer…
cardiologist checks
his own pulse

*steady climb
ride for heart
on his sleeve

From Nika

on the wind
the scent of winter
my aging heart

*
scattered clouds
off in all directions
my lonely heart

*
skid row
asleep on the sidewalk
a broken heart

Haiku walking tour for Ride for Heart 2018 Updates

Had a great time and met many people at #RideForHeart. Took some photos and wrote some haiku-ish for that… thank you all for support and donation of money or haiku...

medal for each
four on one bike
cheers in morning breezes

*
where are you?
at the finish line
I capture the passing of others

*
fun to check up
my heartbeats go fast
many rounds of riding

*
waiting to walk
they hold heart haiku cards
cheering Ride for Heart

–June 4, 2018

Anna Yin

 

 

————————————————————————————————————————————————–

 

 

 

Because I believe a healthy and happy life is very important, I am fundraising for the 2018 Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on June 3. Your donation will push forward life-saving research like this and more and fund incredible breakthroughs to create more survivors of heart disease and stroke!

I choose to walk in the event because I want to do both Walking and haiku writing so that I can write about what I see and feel along the journey. Haiku is a three-line short poem. Everyone is welcome to join me to experience it. It is a healthy and mindful way of living. Here are some examples I wrote to start…

Today I sent my call for submission “Heart Haiku” for Ride for Heart 2018, I am happy to see that many haiku from US, UK and Canada have arrived.  Here is the link for Heart Haiku from Ride for Heart supporters.   I will keep adding more. After I collect them, I will make small cards like the above samples and distribute them while I am walking for Ride for Heart.

For donating to Ride for Heart, please click: http://support.heartandstroke.ca/site/TR/RFH2018/RFH2018?px=2002868&pg=personal&fr_id=5303

Thank you.

 Anna Yin
May 4, 2018