Entry Eight: A Year of Travel, A Year of Haikus

新年快乐 – Xīnnián kuàilè !!!

Happy New Year!!!

I just figured out that the Mandarin word for fast – 快 – kuài – is put with a word for happy – 乐 – – to make a wishing happy (like Happy birthday! Happy Christmas!)

So a literal translation of Happy New Year in Chinese could be, “fast happy new year!” 

To commemorate 2018, I have attempted haikus for every one of the places I spent time in this past year. They are accompanied by photos and are more or less in chronological order. May this next year be just as full, fast, and happy.

Montreal (January)

Tights, Jeans, Socks – Two Pair

Iced nights, Lattice gates, Fries

With Mayonnaise Meat

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Montreal, January 2018

Québec City

Les rues sont petites

Like France, but the river breaks

Sauvage, before time

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Québec City, January 2018

Cambridge

Blue houses, Sarah

Harvard in three feet of Snow

Chilled bookshops, Hot tea

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Cambridge, Massachusettes, January 2018

Goffstown

Ace Hardware’s Candle

Collection is magic to be-

Hold, then Happy Road

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Goffstown, New Hampshire – Behind the Ace Hardware – January 2018 

Beverly, Massachusettes

Bright Blue sings the Sea

Soprano Jolt, calm graves, child’s

Toys, Tall Narrow House

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Beverly, Massachusettes

Denver 

Sun wide streets, Jeeps with

Roof racks, this place collects joy,

Weed, bros, vape cowboys

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This picture is from September 2017, Denver (I guess I don’t take pictures every time I go home)

Winter Park, Colorado (Hometown) 

I have no words left

Just love scented Sage and Pine

Mountain kids get it

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Backroad between Fraser and Winter Park, March 2018

Los Angeles (The Valley)

Tell me what you will

The sun makes it glamorous

Dry buildings get tan

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The only footage I managed to get in the valley: my legs haha. April 2018

Joshua Tree, California (For Ariana) 

The best part is you,

Cheap tent, under our laughter

We hear the stars breathe

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My phone died just after I snapped this. Joshua Tree, April 2018

NYC (Bushwick)

Birds black swirl the sky

Bushwick sunsets wax purple

Roar, silver train, Swoon

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Bushwick, July 2018

Hanalei, Hawaii

Em’rald, Forest, Fern

This small corner of the earth

Salted waves, bare feet

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Hanalei, July 2018

Fire Island

One stretch of water

Navy, New York’s Forgotten

Just gold summer’s eve

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On the Ferry back from Fire Island, August 2018

Ningbo

Slate water ripples

Green in the heat, silver in

Cold, Nights pulse Neon lights

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From my first night walking in Ningbo, September 2018

Beilun 

Off the beaten path

A hike without a staircase

Bamboo remembers

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Outside Beilun, November 2018

Suzhou 

Maybe China’s fast

But her gardens breathe slow, they

Hover on water

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Suzhou, November 2018

Linhai

Oranges, Sugarcane

Cement skies, a High Brick Wall

Trees, me, Pedicab

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The Great Wall of Linhai, December 2018

Shanghai 

Mammoth Pristine Streets

Morning: She sells me a bun

Night: She stands asleep

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The freshest veggie bun I’ve eaten in China, Shanghai December 2018

 

 

 

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