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triveni spotlight: 15th January 2024

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Vidya Shankar and Teji Sethi GUEST EDITOR: Vandana Parashar 15th January 2024

viewing the tree

three generations

of crossed arms

— Roberta Beary

(Modern Haiku 51.1, Winter 2020)

I’m sure I’m not the only one maintaining a diary of my favourite ku. Unlike the personal diary, it’s an absolute pleasure to share the contents of this diary with everyone. They say that joy is doubled when shared and God knows the world needs more and more of that. 

The haiku and senryu I have chosen aren’t mere observations on the poet’s part. They are a lesson on how to choose and arrange the words to turn a simple observation into poetry. These are the poems which will make you realize there is much more to everything than can be perceived by our senses. A good poem should make you feel things you thought yourself incapable of and surprise you again and again into a sudden awakening and thus to a deeper sense of what it is to be truly alive. I hope that these poems will succeed in doing that. 

- Vandana Parashar

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Thank you for being our next guest editor, Vandana. We are looking forward to this month-long selections. Wow! This is going to be a treat!


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Thanks so much! I am honoured and humbled by your choice, Vandana!


Many great choices this month, Vandana.

In this one I like the associations of tree/family tree and crossed arms / coat of arms on top of the primary message of mirrored defensive body-language among assembled generations of the family. A lot to unpick in this verse.


Very interesting ku... places us, right there... watching, hands crossed....


Oh, this made me smile. The image is delightful. Thank you Vandana.


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