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open sky :: SAMVAAD | 6th August

hosts : Sanjuktaa Asopa & Kashiana Singh


his unopened letter

propped on the mantle —

lingering rain


---- Marietta McGregor

(Chrysanthemum Number 19, April 2016; featured haiku, Mann Library's Daily Haiku, February 5, 2017)

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Firdaus Parvez
Firdaus Parvez
Aug 11, 2023

Rain always evokes strong emotions. The type of rain further plays with that aspect. ‘Lingering’ is such great word; a longing, pining, something still there - is it lost love, regret, etc. The reader will project their own experiences without even realising it. I like how open ended the haiku is, how it invites the reader to continue the story. Beautiful share. :)

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I loved your comments. That unopened letter entranced me completely. A vivid image, very cinematic, as Lakshmi says.

However,Marietta says : "The "unopened letter" in my haiku is a metaphorical symbol, rather than a literal image. Sometimes an unexpected letter arrives from someone you haven’t heard of or even thought much about for many years. This was the case for me when I received a note from the daughter of an old friend I’d lost touch with more than a decade earlier. The poem relates to my feelings of regret at leaving things untouched and unfinished (the letter “unopened”), and of not knowing how the friend was faring or what had become of him in the years since we last met.…

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Kanji Dev
Kanji Dev
Aug 09, 2023

The lingering rain lends to the atmosphere - will his letter be opened later or will it remain unopened?

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Aug 10, 2023
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I had the same dialogue going in my mind, Kanjini.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Aug 09, 2023

Beautiful!! So many things happening at the same time.


unopened letter - left to stare at first place

propped on the mantle - action comes later

lingering rain - nature's way


(There is a mystery and I could see Sherlock Holmes doing all the investigation, very cinematic too.)

The above is my thought on it, nothing serious.


Thank you Team!!

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Aug 10, 2023
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Nice comment, Lakshmi.

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Aug 06, 2023

Most poignant.

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