My Poetry

What is a poem?

 

 

This is translation of my poem written in Punjabi language

 

Emotions, just like

The river-waters,

Rush into ocean-like heart

Make the waves so turbulent

Scared of pain

Cross the heart boundaries

To land on my paper

And, the poetry lovers

Read it like a poem

 

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What is a Haiku?

 

 

At my granddaughter’s school presentation night, a fifth-grader’s booth was all about Haiku. I was amazed to hear her explain it to me so eloquently through examples of self-written haikus. Her simple description of a haiku spelled a thousand words: “A Haiku,” she said, “consists of seventeen syllables in total, divided into three lines of 5-7-5. It originates in Japan and always refers to nature with deeper meaning.”

 

The image of that student stayed with me until I read several haiku poets. One Indian writer said, “Haiku is like a hiccup, short but lingers on.” One of the famous Japanese haiku writers was Basho. To him, a haiku conveys mystical meaning of life through nature. He writes:

        

‘FOR A LOVELY BOWL

LET US ARRANGE THESE

FLOWERS---

SINCE THERE IS NO RICE’

 

One beauty of a haiku is that a reader can interpret as per her own emotion. I interpret the above this way: Although a poor man runs out of rice, still sees the beauty of life through the lovely bowl and flowers.

 

Here are some of my haikus. Your comments will be appreciated.

 

POPCORN CLOUDS SCATTERED                      

SUCH AS PARTRIDGE FEATHERS

PRETTY YET EMPTY.

 

THE SPRING OF YOUTH

AS STUNNING AS A FULL MOON

AH! FLEETING MATTER.

 

BLACK CUCKOO SINGS SWEET

PITCH BLACK CLOUDS WATER THE PLANTS

DOES COLOR MATTER?

 

DELICATE BRANCHES BEND

THE WILLOW TREE DOWN TO EARTH

BEAUTY SPEAKS HUMILITY.

 

EMOTIONS AS RIVER FLOWS

COME RUSHING TO MEET THE SEA

MERGE IN ITS SOUL.

 

SEA SHELLS LIE ON SAND

WEARY OF UNANCHORED LIFE

SEEK A PERMANENT HOME.

 

 

 

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my painting-waterfall--2009

Fall Scene---2011