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thinkALONG!

A TUESDAY FEATURE

host: Muskaan Ahuja

guest editor: Srinivasa Rao


` Variation, a way of life


Variation is a way of life, be it natural or man-made. No two apples are the same, they may vary in size, shape, weight and/or taste. No two chapatis we make are the same. They may vary in shape, surface area, the amount of dough that is used.


Variations in apples and chapatis may not impact much to human lives but what about variations in wealth and health? We measure the prosperity of a country by the terms like GDP, purchasing power parity, per capita income etc., In industry we use statistical tools to measure and control variation to produce consistent and reliable products. Have we ever tried to use the metrics like range between the richest and the poorest, standard deviation in the individual incomes to minimize the same?


Haikai poets rarely attempt to write on these social issues. Are we not concerned about these

variations?


On the other hand, imagine a world where all have the same amount of income. Everybody has the same kind of food and shelter. Will that life be interesting? Then where do we need to draw a line?


Think it over. Respond through a senryu/tanka.



poll time—

five in the slum

same as five in a villa



--- Srinivasa Rao

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RS
RS
Nov 27, 2022

roadside cafe

a little boy balances

a pyramid of teacups


Haiku Dialogue, October 2021

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#3 feedback welcome


"I Will Go Out"

even after the march

i stay home at night


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Muskaan Ahuja
Muskaan Ahuja
Nov 14, 2022

waiting room TV

the protest for social justice

running on mute


(Honourable Mention; previously published)

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RS
RS
Nov 27, 2022
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Powerful!

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marilyn ashbaugh
marilyn ashbaugh
Nov 14, 2022

Srinivas,

Thank you for this challenge. I have faith that poets can bring a needed light to social issues.

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marilyn ashbaugh
marilyn ashbaugh
Nov 14, 2022

a life

for a life

justice?


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Muskaan Ahuja
Muskaan Ahuja
Nov 14, 2022
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justice a life for a life


yes?

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