chinese ink painting on rice paper.
gift art for `MSJames
, based on:
only the groundhog knows
selected from his haikuwrimo winter 2009 set.
translated into japanese by me:
ame to yuki mata ame to yuki buta makase
Groundhog Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks.
i chose to translate groundhog as pig as it somehow looked like one (or else it wouldn't be named a 'hog' ). we leave it to the ' pigs' to decide the weather.
this haiku was written in a period of time when swine flu raged, so it probably sounded a little ominous.
also in japanese buta
sounds a little like 'buddha'. is this lowly animal also some kind of a god?
paper texture by `hibbary
the same ink painting was also posted in my haiku account on may 8. 2009.
. take a look at this cutie pie, acrylic on wood panel, One Bite