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open sky :: SAMVAAD |12th February

hosts : Sanjuktaa Asopa & Kashiana Singh


monarch butterflies

the september smell

of pencil shavings


---- John Pappas

(The Haiku Foundation, Haiku Dialogue, December 28, 2022)

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
16 ก.พ. 2566

I remember i used to collect pencil shavings and stick them up in my scrap book. And then paint figures around them.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
16 ก.พ. 2566
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Yes!!

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I had selected this verse because of its stunning juxt.


Not too many would connect pencil shavings with butterflies. Yet this poem does that so effortlessly.It's such a compelling image that from now on, I'll probably always smell pencil shavings whenever I see monarch butterflies.


And now it's time to hear the poet's story.


John Pappas says: "For me, the poem evokes memories of the beginning of the school year, which for those of us living in the northeast of the United States begins in September. A large patch of milkweed grew on the border of the playground of my elementary school. Monarch butterflies would lay their eggs there, and we would watch as the caterpillars made and then e…


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John Pappas
John Pappas
16 ก.พ. 2566
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@sanjuktaa2003 Many thanks for the selection and the kind words! Thank you much for this opportunity!

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Srinivas Sambangi
Srinivas Sambangi
13 ก.พ. 2566

It presents nice images. Pencil shavings in the shape of butterflies. I'm not sure, perhaps school semester starts with September. Everyone can relate to this poem

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John Pappas
John Pappas
13 ก.พ. 2566
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Thanks, Srinivas! Yes, the school year starts in September for students in my part of the United States.

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mona bedi
mona bedi
12 ก.พ. 2566

Nice warm feeling to this one!

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John Pappas
John Pappas
13 ก.พ. 2566
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Thank you so much, Mona.

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marilyn ashbaugh
marilyn ashbaugh
12 ก.พ. 2566

love this one!

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John Pappas
John Pappas
12 ก.พ. 2566
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Thank you, Marilyn!

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