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open sky :: SAMVAAD |10th April

hosts: Sanjuktaa Asopa & Vandana Parashar


meadow grasses

a simple yes

would do


--- Grant Savage

( From a two-person renku with Claudia Radmore. Published in A Hundred Gourds)

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Apr 13, 2022
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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Apr 12, 2022

meadow grasses

a simple yes

would do


I way I understood it as:


meadow grasses just grow. There is no taking care of it or anything.

Now - maybe it's a debate here - or a discussion or a problem, perhaps, that has been pulling on for some time - days, months?


Or maybe the N is talking to himself - that a simple 'yes' would do.

The jux here is lovely.


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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Apr 11, 2022

I had to read this haiku several times.

Line 1 seems to takeaway most of the thoughts.

'meadow grasses'

What is so special in them that he's waiting for a 'simple yes'?


Is it that he wants to own them? Or wants to retain them and not turn it into a field?

Or wants his cattle to graze?

(Sounds childish)

Or is it about a painting or a photograph of the 'meadow grasses' which he may have clicked and doesn't want to sell.

Or about his lover; waiting for a 'yes'.


Only the poet can describe. Thank you so much Sanjukta and Vandana.


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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Apr 11, 2022
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Thanks Priti. Sharing a few thoughts.

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priti aisola
priti aisola
Apr 10, 2022

Making an attempt to understand this haiku. I am thinking aloud. I am sure my interpretation is totally wayward or far-fetched. But this ku has intrigued me and I need to explore it. Please help me see other perspectives too.


There are so many different kinds of meadow grasses. And there are so many different responses to a question.


Perhaps a man and a woman are taking a walk in the meadow and during the course of a conversation, one of them asks a question to the other. But instead of giving a simple, straightforward 'yes' as a response, which the questioner is expecting, the companion indulges in a variety of meandering responses (perhaps which give different facets of a…


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Lovely interpretation, Priti and thanks for trying to understand this ku. My thoughts are somewhat similar to yours. Meadow grasses usually grow long and thick, (or at least that's the image that comes to mind), obstructing views all around. Perhaps the man is waiting for an answer. He's a little lost, confused, not able to see clearly into the mind of the other person who might be beating around the bush, just as you say ... Is this person a woman? Perhaps. And all this beautiful ambiguity gives rise to this intriguing poem!


For other perspectives, read Lakshmi's comment.

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priti aisola
priti aisola
Apr 10, 2022

Hmm ... this one has really set me thinking. Can't figure out the connection between the fragment and the phrase.

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priti aisola
priti aisola
Apr 10, 2022
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I have just attempted an interpretation above. Please do read it, Sanjuktaa. Thanks a lot for this ku!

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