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triveni spotlight : 05 august

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh guest editor: Billie Dee

Theme: Close Observation



spring lightning—

a flower’s shadow

against the fortress wall


Michael Dylan Welsh

Sammamish, Washington, USA


The Heron’s Nest, XIX:3, 2017.


I am pleased to submit the following selected poems from my personal "favorite haiku" list, one I've developed over the last 30 years or so. All have been approved by the authors; all include publication credits (except one from Patricia Machmiller which is unpublished); all are from the U.S. Pacific coastal rim (my region). I have chosen "close observation" as my theme, a guiding principle in my own writing, and a core element IMO for developing a Haiku Mind.

Peace,

Billie Dee


p.s. Under-lined book titles have embedded links where a reader can go to purchase the book.


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Kavita Ratna
Kavita Ratna
Aug 05, 2022

The juxtaposition between the free spirit of the flower and the falling its shadow on a fort wall which contains and restricts - very evocative! Thank you!

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Aug 05, 2022
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Hi Kavita,


Thanks for sharing your astute reading of the poem. The ironic juxtaposition of flower and fortress is part of the powerful appeal of Michael's poem. The fact that the image lasts for only a moment reminds us of our impermanence, of the fragility of our every perception. Then, Poof! it's gone in the blink of a lightning flash.


---Billie

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Aug 05, 2022

I liked this. Everything happening in a flash, a split second maybe.

'lightening - shadow - against the fortress wall.'


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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Aug 06, 2022
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Even I felt it as cinematic!

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