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open sky :: SAMVAAD |23rd June

hosts : Sanjuktaa Asopa & Aparna Pathak

floodgates the language slips away from me

-- Pippa Phillips

( Haiku Dialogue, The Haiku Foundation, May 1, 2014)

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Pippa says:

Although I'm of Irish ancestry, I don't know Gaelic and was never taught it, and I feel that the oppression of the Gaelic language has stripped Ireland of political and cultural power-- a language is a great work of communal art, culture, and history. It's a story you see repeated over and over again, indigenous languages seeing to a trickle due to the influence of colonizing forces. So ultimately the poem is rooted in the disappearance of languages, although it is so indirect that many other things may be read in it...


mona bedi
mona bedi

How do you do it Pippa! Awesome


The tongue loses words when the eyes are in tears. Everything is slipping away, so the eyes are in tears. The inexpressible grief.


Beautifully written.

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