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triveni spotlight: 13 october

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

Theme: Raga in Nature

Journal: haikuKATHA




a stone

skipped across the pond

ripple on ripple

echoing this patterned

grief you left for me


— Billie Dee





There is no end to seeing and hearing. The structure of the universe is infinite. Endless vibrating expansion.

~ Nanak


There are myriad sounds which pre-exist in nature and can be perceived by human ear. It is completely natural, both animals and humans to have profound reactions to certain sounds. Some songbirds sing from repertoires which use the same rhythms and note combinations as modern composers. For example, the canyon wren uses a 12-tone scale. The hermit thrush, on the other hand, sings in a five tone penta-scale which is common in Asian music. The tanka I have chosen to showcase, exquisitely capture the ‘music in nature’ be it the sound of ripples, a bird song, a cicada’s mating call, the rustle of leaves or the lament of paddy fields!


Teji Sethi




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Milan Rajkumar
Milan Rajkumar
Oct 16, 2022

a poignant and touching tanka! The repeated ripples left by a skipping stone. Though they have no sounds, the ripples remind the the poet of a long gone loved one with It's carefully chosen words,


echoing this patterned grief you left for me ....


Congrats and thanks for sharing ❤️👍

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Marilyn Humbert
Marilyn Humbert
Oct 16, 2022

so sad, so true, thanks for sharing this one

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Oct 14, 2022

I liked 'the patterned grief'.

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Oct 14, 2022

Does Billie know her beautiful tanka is featured today?

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Oct 13, 2022

What a beautiful choice, Teji. 😍

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