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triveni spotlight : 15 july

Updated: Jul 16, 2022

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

Theme: hand play



winter night

the slow circling

of a bar rag


Bill Kenney

The Heron’s Nest

Vol. XII, No. 2 (June 2010)


All these poems were originally published in The Heron's Nest. I chose to confine my search there not just for the quality but also for the convenience of its online archive. Scott Mason



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Beautiful! How many of us have paused to observe the slow circling of a bar rag, let alone write a poem about it? These are the kind of moments that make a haiku special.Great selection, Scott Mason!

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Marcie Wessels
Marcie Wessels
Jul 16, 2022
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I like how all of the lines of this haiku work together to create a scene. L1 reads a "winter night". There is no mention of the weather, per say, but I get the sense that the bartender is alone. This makes me think that it is either late at night or closing time, or perhaps, a storm has prevented customers from visiting the bar. L2 and L3 which introduces the circling of the white bar rag, makes me think it might be snowing out.

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