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open sky :: SAMVAAD | 10th September

hosts : Sanjuktaa Asopa & Kashiana Singh


last time I heard you become dusk

- Cherie Hunter Day


(NOON: journal of the short poem #16 (2020) )

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It's good to see this monoku is inspiring some of you. Please keep them coming.

Meanwhile, here is what the poet, Cherie Hunter Day says:


I wrote “last time” on June 7, 2017. The poem is based on the deaths of two significant people in my life—one suddenly from a heart attack and the other slowly from terminal cancer. Dusk is a powerful time of day, the shutting down of activity associated with the light. Dusk makes it easy to conjure up feelings of loss. The poem features synesthesia—two senses (auditory and visual) co-mingled. I wasn’t present at either of their passings, so I didn’t experience closure. This haiku addresses that ongoing encounter.


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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Sep 14, 2023
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Thank you, so inspiring!!

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Sep 11, 2023

Beautiful!

as we are discussing 'mono no aware' in haikaiTALKS, does this line point to that aesthetic. I feel so,

'last time I heard you become dusk'

so beautiful!!

Thank you.

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Keith Evetts
Keith Evetts
Sep 10, 2023

my death poem opening parenthesis sickle moon

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first star the clouds make a meal of it

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