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triveni spotlight : 13 june

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

theme: listening



stillness . . .

the sound of dusk

washing ashore

Paresh Tiwari, India


(The Heron’s Nest XVII:1)


Note by the editor: The theme for June 2022 is ‘listening’. I hope you enjoy the music, sounds, and silences of nature in these showcased poems of close observation.





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How the sound of dusk is soundless. How the waves washing ashore are one's own slowed and syncopated breathing. Such a lovely expression of that liminal moment when we step across the threshold of day into evening, when the world - external and internal - is changed. Stillness.

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Paresh Tiwari gets us to think of the sound of dusk through stillness.

I love the phrase he has used in the last line - washing ashore. That itself is an image associated with sound and then, the last line links back to the first line which portrays a lack of sound. A lot of movement and stillness, sound and silence, and yes, the inherent emotions of dusk that we carry.

As Billie Dee asks, 'And isn't the stillness in this poem mostly internal?'


Thank you, Paresh!


Geethanjali


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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Jun 13, 2022

Nice one, Geethanjali.

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Jun 13, 2022

Yes, the sound of dusk. We all know this moment. And isn't the stillness in this poem mostly internal? At the end of the day we set aside the cares and concerns of the workday world and simply witness the changing light, the sigh of the waves, the shoreline smells and release of heat as evening becomes the night. We let it wash over us.

This is a sweetly delicate poem. I feel a sense of relief and rejuvenation. Thank you.


---Billie kiku makura


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Lovely, Billie. Thanks, as always.

The sounds and stillness of dusk - always gets me.

Takes me back to my childhood in a village where the horn of a train used to announce dusk.

Geethanjali

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Jun 13, 2022

Lovely selection!

'sound of dusk' says it all!

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