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triveni spotlight: 1st October 2023

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Kala Ramesh and Vidya Shankar GUEST EDITOR: Keiko Izawa 1st October 2023


shunshō no haha nimo tsuma nimo aranu toki

spring evening

the time I’m neither

a mother nor a wife


Kazuko Nishimura (1948 – ) from the Internet



During this month, I’d like to introduce contemporary Japanese haiku, including kigo, which are referred to as “yūki haiku(有季俳句)”. In yūki haiku, toriawase (matching kigo and the remaining phrases) is the key point, not to mention its creativity and originality. In my view, Japanese haiku are generally simple compared to English (language) haiku, but the subtle sensibility is embedded within as the synergies with the power of kigo. I hope you enjoy karumi (lightness) blended with seasonality in these haiku.

Keiko Izawa

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Thank you for being our next guest editor Keiko Izawa You are bringing something fresh and this is going to be a treat for all our members. _()_

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Eavonka Ettinger
Eavonka Ettinger
03 de out. de 2023

Quite excited to see all your selections, Keiko. I learn so much from your own poems too.

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Keiko Izawa
Keiko Izawa
03 de out. de 2023
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😇❤️

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03 de out. de 2023

The relationship between the kigo and the verse as a whole evokes two questions:


1) What is unique to spring evenings that make them "the time I’m neither a mother

nor a wife?"


2) Who, on summer evenings, is she?


In considering the questions, the reader becomes involved in the poetic process. The poetry happens inside the reader, instead of on the page.


The kigo, "spring evening," suggests romantic answers. The ku is heartwarming, and so it chimes with karumi, lightness.


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Keiko Izawa
Keiko Izawa
03 de out. de 2023
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Thank you, Lev, for visiting this page and an insightful comment! The kigo “spring evening”: shunshō brings a poetic and beautiful echo to our ears. In Japan, spring(April) is the time the school new year and the corporate new year start, and the time we feel like starting something new. So spring evening suggests an image somewhat wishful, or romantic. I’m glad you see karumi in this poem.

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I look forward to this month!

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
01 de out. de 2023

Most beautifully worded.

Yes, a time for herself to be who she wants to be on a spring evening.

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Kavita Ratna
Kavita Ratna
01 de out. de 2023

Very interesting ku. When she says she is 'neither this nor that' - the question that emerges is 'if that is so, what/who is she then in that moment? In Hindu Vedanta there is a path to inquiry which is called 'neti, neti' - which means 'not this, not this' - prompting us to ask - if not this, then what is? I am sorry if this is going off in a tangent - but these were my immediate thoughts....

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
01 de out. de 2023
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Lovely, Keiko

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