haikaiTALKS Q11

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haikaiTALKS Q11 : a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree

host: Kala Ramesh

Hearty Congratulations, Neena!

Kizie has picked your answer as the best reply to her Q!

Kizie Basu’s Q 10:

I want to know if anyone has ever written a ku expressing their grief, loss, or pain. In writing a ku with all the economy of words that it has, what was the experience, both for you and for the feeling that made you write it? I would love to read the ku if possible as well…


Neena’s Answer:

Pain is universal so Kizie’s Q is pertinent. Creativity serves as a catharsis for me. Experiencing loss, especially of a parent at a young age leaves a vacuum in life and many of my haiku resonate this emptiness. After writing I feel a release, a sense if having touched the space where this grief resides. If the ku is published as the one below it gives life to the love which was lost.

the bare room

my childhood years

after mother’s death

- Akita International Haiku Network, World Haiku Series 2019 published on 15.6.2020


Kizie writes:

I would like to thank everyone who wrote and shared their ku, their loss and grief. It reminded me of that anecdote where a woman overcome by grief at the loss of her son is asked by Buddha to bring back a grain of mustard from a household untouched by grief. We all experience it ( or will) yet it is such a personal journey. The response from the community reinforces for me that the journey is only ours but we are not alone as there are many fellow travellers. I am expanded and touched by so many aspects of grief that the lovely ku's, and writing brought forth.

I will not attempt to select the best answer basing it on the writing expressing the grief or loss for they were all moving and I take back their essence with me.

Neena Singh's response is the one that struck a chord with me, as in my question I search for what happens when we express grief in a ku ...and I found her answer giving me food for thought.... that writing is not just cathartic but touches our grief in ways any other process may not. Like a healing touch that soothes, expression of it in a ku feels one step closer to acceptance - not hiding, not glorifying, simply acknowledging what is.

I thank once again all who shared their loss through their beautiful writing and invite Neena to ask the next question.

Thank you



Neena’s simple and beautiful question:

What motivates you to pen a haiku—a squirrel or a prompt or both!

Much love & happy Thanksgiving!



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