Amo leggere.
La mia mente cresce.
Viaggio con cuore.

Amo scrivere.
Imparate qualcosa,
Dai miei pensieri.

I miei pensieri,
cresciuti con saggezza.
Cuore beato.

L’anima grata,
la mia serenità,
la mia forza.

~ Angelica Hopes, haiku nella lingua italiana

Translations of the Italian Haiku I wrote

Living for fourteen years in the canton Ticino, the Italian speaking region in Switzerland, I have embraced the Italian language as my third acquired language, which I speak, read, and write like mother tongue with native/bilingual proficiency. My poetry book, Rhythm of a Heart, Music of a Soul,  has  17 pages Italian poems, divided into eight particular themes in life.

These are my translations of the Italian haiku I have written but it won’t count with 5 – 7 – 5 syllabic structure lines of haiku and it won’t rhyme just the way it may sweetly sound in the Italian language:

I love to read.
My mind grows.
My heart travels.

I love to write.
You learn something,
from my thoughts.

My thoughts,
grew up with wisdom,
fulfilled, joyful heart.

My grateful soul,
my serenity,
my strength.


180 years old creeping fig in the grand loggia, Villa del Balbianello
© 2015 Michael Anna Maria van Doorn Photography
© 2017 Italian Haiku Text and Translations: Ana Angelica Abaya van Doorn



Poet, author, novelist, Italian-English translator, ghost writer, lovingly dedicated to my husband and three daughters, a foreign language enthusiast, a piano and English tutor, a domestic violence counsellor and a wanderlust.

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