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I have always been a great fan of Haiku. Short, profound at times, surreal at times, painting beautiful images of nature most times and always impactful.

I was reading about the Haiku poet Paul Muldoon and found some lovely poems there. Here is one of my favorites (quoted from Modern Haiku Volume 35.2):

“…It’s hard to read a verse on a common snake and not think of Kyoshi Takahama’s well-known poem:

hebi nigete ware o mishi me no kusa ni nokoru

the snake flees—
the eyes that saw me
remain in the grass”

Another that I remember reading in the Times of India many years ago:

“The sign says do not pluck the flowers but the wind cannot read.”

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  1. April 30, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I haven’t followed/studied haiku, but there is something about it that feels great. I think it is the paucity, creating a lot of meaning without saying much. Also, I like that it is traditionally a more serious expressive form, as opposed to the limerick say, where I guess you create no/little meaning/nonsense without saying much.
    I should also start reading haikus..

  2. mohitthatte
    April 30, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I got hooked onto Haiku ever since I first bought a collection for 5 Rupees. from Strand Book store in Mumbai! Love the store, and love Haiku too!

  3. madhuri
    May 1, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    There are regular Haiku workshops held in bay area. A friend of mine teaches one through Stanford Continuing Studies: http://www.redroom.com/event/haiku-moods-modes-awareness-1
    Check it out!

  4. mohitthatte
    May 3, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for the tip madhuri. Continuing studies at Stanford has some very interesting classes!

  5. May 20, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    it written in english or in japanese?

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