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open sky :: SAMVAAD | 19th may

hosts : Sanjuktaa Asopa & Aparna Pathak


posing

as a hieroglyph

the ibis


-- J.Zimmerman

( THN, vol 22.1, 2020;

THN 2021 Valentine's Award, HM)



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Aparna Pathak
Aparna Pathak
23 мая

This is what the poet says about the poem:

The story behind my making this verse is that I find Egyptian hieroglyphics ("sacred carvings") intriguing. A friend who is an international expert on the Egyptian Book of the Dead amplified that curiosity. In 2019 I visited Florida. There, for the first time, I saw a wild ibis with its huge beak. The bird was motionless, gazing down the bank of an irrigation ditch. Although it was the American white ibis, its shape and stillness brought to mind the ancient Egyptian ibis hieroglyph, which was modeled on the African sacred ibis. That hieroglyph often represented Thoth, the Egyptian god associated with wisdom, writing, and the judgement of the dead. These fortuitous…

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Enjoyed reading the poet's commentary. Thank you for sharing.

Лайк

Well captured imagery and so much depth.

Лайк

A beautiful haiku, thank you for sharing this one.

Лайк

Love the light humor, and deep meaning.

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Kanji Dev
Kanji Dev
19 мая

Love this!!!

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