haikaiTALKS Q6

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

haikaiTALKS: a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree

host: Kala Ramesh

*** Q6 ***


Hearty Congratulations, Lakshmi :))

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

Firdaus writes:

Thank you to Tapan, Jayashree, Shalini, Sushama, Kala, Lorin, and Lakshmi who took the time to read and answer my question. In light of Lorin’s answer with the final paragraph of Haruo Shirane's essay, 'Beyond the Haiku Moment' (1999) (which is on this site if you want to read) made my question redundant. But I found Lakshmi’s answer to coincide with my thoughts as someone still new and learning the ropes of writing haiku. And her example haiku is absolutely beautiful.

My question:

We all have our styles and methods of writing haiku. It’s a personal thing. I’ve categorised haiku into three broad types (there might be more)

A haiku written in the moment. Which for me is extremely rare or if ever.

A haiku written from a moment experienced this morning or a month ago. Or memories from childhood. We know them as desk haiku. But we have experienced these moments personally.

A haiku moment that we’ve never personally experienced but we know it’s a possibility. This is a fiction haiku. I’m assuming you’ve written all three.

Now my question is: Are fiction haiku moving away from the whole purpose of writing haiku; that is capturing a moment. I’d love to read your take on this.


Lakshmi’s answer:

I do believe that fiction haiku is moving away from the purpose of writing haiku. It is quite difficult to say. I started learning haiku to express my experience in a minimalist way and that really works for me. But, sometimes I see the world from a third person's eyes and life and try to summarise it in a haiku. It must be abstract for the reader. But, for me it pulls my energy to be one with that soul. And that is how i see the world through this form of haikai.

For the last few days, we had terrible/horrible rain...dams were opened. Loss of lives, houses, trees fell down, etc. And far in the sky, a crow was constantly cawing as it flew back home. I don't know what went through it.

hard rain ...

a crow's half note lost

in the broken tree

Maybe, this is true or false. I just can't come into conclusions. I leave the readers to think about it. Fiction haiku may or may not take us closer to that real experience. It is a part of our imagination and the way we accept things to be. But, somewhere it does touch the layer of our five senses. So, Fifty-Fifty!!


Now we go to the winner’s Q.

Question #6 from Lakshmi Iyer.

First of all I would like to appreciate this section of the website of 'haikaiTALKS – a saturday gathering _ under the banyan' that is getting a good response. Equally delighted am I that my answer has been selected by Firdaus. It was an intelligent and interesting question. Every reader had a different approach to this question.

Continuing with this I would like to ask the readers:

The importance of em-dash and ellipsis.

What are your thoughts? Are they just punctuations or do they give a certain weightage to your haiku? Please give your reasons to both yes and no.


Warm Regards



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