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triveni spotlight: 21st April 2023

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh GUEST EDITOR: Ashish Narain



spring dream . . .

slipping my wings

into a work shirt


Michael McClintock

The Heron’s Nest XVII:3


This month is going to be a treat for our members. _()_ Thank you so much, Ashish.

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Mallika Chari
Mallika Chari
Apr 24, 2023

Such a lovely ku.

Ambitions vs reality .....in simple three lines

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Apr 21, 2023

I loved this poem as soon as I saw it in Heron's Nest---that heavenly allusion, suggesting both the sacred (angelic) nature of all life, humans included, as well as the pathos of our mortality. That he puts a work shirt over his wings is part of the appeal of this poem. In fact, most of his haiku are so down-to-earth they seem to vibrate with life. I am once again inspired to write more deeply by this wistful, yet firmly grounded haiku.


---Billie


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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
Apr 21, 2023

Lovely poem. I like how the poem delicately describes a wish for doing and being something besides the 'supposed to’ versions in real life.

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Apr 21, 2023

This has always been one of my favourites. I even wrote to Michael and congratulated him. I hope he is doing well. After he said he was suffering from diabetic complications, I have not heard from him. We corresponded so many times when he wrote that beautiful Afterword for my book - the forest i know. He was my first editor - in 2005, who accepted my tanka for Simply Haiku. He'll always have a special corner in my heart.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Apr 21, 2023

Nice!

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