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haikaiTALKS Q 28: a saturday gathering

Updated: May 21, 2022

*** Q #28 ***


haikaiTALKS Q #28: a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree

host: Kala Ramesh

Hearty Congratulations, to Mona Bedi!

Ashish has picked Mona Bedi’s answer as the best reply to his Q!

For the last discussion, click here

Listen to what Ashish has to say:

Dear Kala,

Many thanks to Kavitha for selecting me to post my question last week, to you for allowing me to post my question and to everyone who commented.

When I posed the question, I was well aware that there is not likely to be any definitive answer. Like a river, the boundaries of what haikai is keep changing, as they must.

Kala, you reminded us though that every river has banks within which it flows. These give it definition and beauty. Lakshmi and Neena pointed out that within these limits there is still enough space to successfully combine form with accessibility and spontaneity. Finally, Vandana and Mona made the valid point that even the river breaches its banks. Creativity can and should occasionally trump structure and style, to maintain the vitality that life demands of us.

I was amazed and humbled by the thoughtfulness of each and every response. They have helped increase my appreciation of this beautiful art form.

However I have to choose someone to pass the baton to, and so I nominate Mona. I understand she is a relatively new entrant to haikai (?), yet her answer suggests a thoughtfulness which belies that.

Thanks and regards,


Now for Mona Bedi’s Q #27:

Hi Kala, here is my question.

Thanks, Ashish for picking my answer as the best one to his question.

My question is about punctuation and capitalisation in haiku. Though they are up to the poet, and need not follow the rigid rules used, their usage can sometimes be a point of controversy.

Also, the repetition of words or sounds in haiku remains to be explored for budding haijiins.

So my question would be: What are the various forms of punctuation and how many can be used in a haiku? Also does repetition in haiku ad to its weight or take away the essence of haiku.

Sharing an example of each and would like you to add your examples in the answer:

Moving to the sounds

of the shrine river: two women

practising a dance

By David Wright

a poppy,

a field of poppies!

the hills blowing with poppies!

By Michael McClintock


Trivenians are given time until midnight on 25th MAY (IST) to share their views on the subject!

Waiting to read your responses!

your host,


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