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open sky :: SAMVAAD | 14 september 2021

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

hosts: Sanjuktaa Asopa & Jayashree Maniyil haiga workshop

in the downstroke of the brush

the sound of rain


— Angelee Deodhar

(Presence Award, Highly Commended, also published in Haiku Canada Newsletter, Vol XV, June 2002 Number 3)


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不明なメンバー
2021年10月16日

Angelee had so much to teach by example and this haiku is a fine example.

First, we have the context of a haiga workshop. All of the people present at the workshop will be focusing on the visual image they intend to pair with a haiku that I imagine has already been composed. There is likely to be silence in the room as the writers take up their brushes to make their individual haiga. As her brush makes the downstroke, a gentle, swishing sound like falling rain is heard. The sound of rain is one with the brushstroke. Sight and sound and action have merged into one experience.

いいね!

Hello everybody! Hope you enjoyed this poem. Watch this space for our next post!

いいね!

R. SURESH BABU
R. SURESH BABU
2021年9月21日

......the downstroke of the brush with the sound of rain...What a beautiful image!!. I was imagining the pattern of the rain, and feeling the shape of a rain drop falling on the earth. But the comparison with the sound of rain took my breath away. i can feel the wetness of the rain and wet lines from the brush. The sound of the rain enhancing the beauty of the brush strokes and the artist raining his imagination on the canvas...the downstrokes and the rain falling..WOW!!


いいね!

😂Thanks to all of you for visiting and leaving your comments. This verse was the unanimous choice of both Jayashree and me. There couldn't be anybody better than Angelee Deodhar to open this feature with. Who else could make us hear the sound of rain in a brushstroke? Such a beautiful and unique take! If you are familiar with her work, you'd know she had always brought us rain in many different and vivid ways.Remember that verse about sharing an umbrella? Or rain after rain? Kizie, as always, gives us a fresh insight, when she says, "that uplifted feeling of detachment when one is meditatively working..."; when one is aware, listening, yet not listening, one is so engrossed with what he/sh…

いいね!
Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
2021年9月23日
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That's a neat summing up, Sanjuktaa. Thank you.

いいね!

Jayashree Maniyil
Jayashree Maniyil
2021年9月20日

Thank you all for visiting!


It felt right to start the feature with Angelee's verse. I have to give Sanjuktaa all the credit for choosing this verse in the first place 😊. I am a work-in-progress in my haikai journey, and we all learn from each other. I look forward to my learning by reading all of your thoughts.


haiga workshop in the downstroke of the brush the sound of rain


I agree with Kizie's thoughts so beautifully expressed by her. This is what I feel too in the second and third line of the verse. Raindrops are random themselves just like brushstrokes - some light and some heavy. Was it raining when the artist was painting, or was the artist so…


いいね!
Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
2021年9月20日
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Lovely ... I felt the same too with L1, Jayashree. The phrase is far too subtle for the straight forward fragment!

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