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thinkALONG! 4th April

A TUESDAY FEATURE

hosts: Muskaan Ahuja, Lakshmi Iyer

guest editor: Ajaya Mahala



"Absence, the highest form of presence."


--- James Joyce

What does the hole in a card board suggest ? The presence of a hole is in fact absence of something; it is merely a round patch of card missing. Many a times, absence of a person or object is so conspicuous that it is intimately felt.


no clock

in the post office― August afternoon

-- Ruth Holzer


Is it not worth pondering about an absence? Someone said, presence makes something stronger while absence makes it fonder.


on this road

where nobody else travels autumn nightfall

-- Basho


Is this true that presence has something to with our sensory organs and absence is about our feelings? Presence and absence do not come as opposites as both help us realise the same ultimate truth.



charred houses

looking for a chair for the minister

-- Binayakumar Mohanty


And finally readers! I invite you all to share your own observations about 'absence' -- poignant and pensive -- through your views and poems, here.




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mona bedi
mona bedi
Apr 10, 2023

#1


deep winter —

the missing string

in dad’s guitar


Feedback please!


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mona bedi
mona bedi
Apr 10, 2023

beautiful poems!

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RS
RS
Apr 10, 2023

Wonderful poems. I feel the “self” is what oscillates one between presence and absence. It's fragmentary as well as fluid. “What I am” is a constant quest for any human being. In that quest, we are continuously creating beliefs and ideologies to strengthen the “self” and work towards meanings in life.


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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Apr 08, 2023

#2

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visit to the ruins . . .

tourists kneel down

near the broken Buddha

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feedback welcome

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Apr 11, 2023
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Ah! yes, thanks.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Apr 07, 2023

#1, added s in L2.

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incomplete painting

wonder where the river bends

to stop to turn

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feedback please

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Apr 08, 2023
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😊yes

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