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open sky :: SAMVAAD | 3rd July

hosts: Sanjuktaa Asopa & Vandana Parashar


first tulip

you just couldn't resist

picking it


--Ruth Holzer

(Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 5:2, Spring/Summer 2022)

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Vandana Parashar
Vandana Parashar
09 de jul. de 2022

Ruth says-


The story behind the verse: As soon as I saw this first tulip, I knew the neighborhood deer would eat it (and all the others that would bloom later), so I "rescued" it and brought it inside where I was able to enjoy it for quite a while instead. The "you" is me addressing myself.

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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
08 de jul. de 2022

Lovely and multilayered. There is a surprise element by the time one reaches L3. Indeed, some moment has been mysteriously captured so well so as to give space to many interpretations. Thanks for sharing!

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
04 de jul. de 2022

Very deep though the simplicity is there. Hope the poet can throw light on it.

Haiku has a lot to say the moment the word, 'first' is mentioned.

And the same here too. I feel there's something hidden behind the scene that has urged her to write

'picking it'.


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Apart from the beautiful ambiguity, there's something about this one I cannot quite pinpoint. Great pick, Vandana!

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She could have been talking about the deer around where we live, or a person, perhaps a child or a husband. I like it a lot!

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
02 de jul. de 2022
Respondendo a

I totally agree with you.

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