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thinkALONG! 13 December

A TUESDAY FEATURE

host: Muskaan Ahuja

guest editor: Richa Sharma


Trees and Us


“Nobody would affirm that the tree grows its crown in the image of its root. Between above and below can be no mirrored reflection.”



Paul Klee (1879–1940)


Like a tree, an artist is a channel transmitting works and branching in space and time. What does 'being' a tree mean to you? Celebrate your love for nature by writing poems about trees. How can we symbolize human traits and existence with trees as a metaphor? This is sure to retune my haiku mind. Once, I was standing on the pavement outside a building near a busy road. There was no one around, but suddenly, I felt a strange and strong presence that I hadn't acknowledged yet. That of an innocent tree. I touched its trunk and felt I could listen to the tree's feelings of communication. I believe at that moment we embraced each other's healing auras.


I am reminded of Kodōjin's couplet:


Gaze at the trees, and know a different heart;

listen to birds, and know a different sound.


Fukuda Kodōjin was a haiga painter and a haiku poet under the name of Haritsu and had been a pupil of the haiku poet Masaoka Shiki (1867–1902).

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