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triveni spotlight: 25th March 2023

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



mountain shadow robs the tree of its


Kala Ramesh

Roadrunner, 9.3 August 2009


John Stevenson (born October 9, 1948, Ithaca, New York), professional actor, especially in playback theater, and haiku poet and editor. He began college as a visual art major and finished with a degree in theater. Before retiring in 2015, he worked as a human resources administrator for the New York State Office of Mental Health. His first poetry publication occurred at age 8, and his interest in haiku dates from 1992. He is a founding member of the Route 9 Haiku Group and its journal Upstate Dim Sum, and has served as regional coordinator, president, second vice president, treasurer, associate editor, and editor of Frogpond for the Haiku Society of America. In 2013 he received the HSA Sora Award for service to haiku, and from 2018 to 2019 he was the honorary curator for the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library. Since 2008 he has served as managing editor of The Heron’s Nest. His haiku collections include: Something Unerasable (1996), Some of the Silence (1999, 2008), Quiet Enough (2004, 2008, 2016, 2018), Live Again (2009), d(ark) (2014), and emoji moon (2018). He has received over 200 awards for haiku and haiku-related poetry. Since 1985 he has resided in the Village of Nassau, New York.


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

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Dipankar Dasgupta
Dipankar Dasgupta
26. März 2023

A wonderful monoku. "its" is an almost perfect ending. Shadow is an excellent theme for a haiku.



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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
27. März 2023
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Thanks, Dipankar.

_()_

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
25. März 2023

I remember this ku from the old Roadrunner online journal. It still carries that pleasant zing of surprise at the end, at least for me. Well done and congrats on enduring the test of time (14 years), Kala. Thanks to John for posting this gem.


---Billie

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
26. März 2023
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Thanks, Billie. Really to liuve that long in people'smemory is something. _()_

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marilyn ashbaugh
marilyn ashbaugh
25. März 2023

mountain shadow robs the tree of its


Kala,

Love your ku! why? it made me smile with the use of " robs" . on a deeper level, it made me think of light and shadow and their interplay in new ways. The mountain's shadow could be a problem for a tree that requires full sun. The tree will be stunted in its growth. I could go on and on as this ku takes me so many places. thank you!

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
25. März 2023
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Wow! Thank you, Marilyn. _()_

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Trying to get in the habit of reading Spotlight more regularly, so I just saw this a few moments ago. It immediately put me in mind of an old favorite — don’t the two of them make a wonderful pair?


moving into the sun

the pony takes with him

some mountain shadow


Jane Reichhold

https://www.ahapoetry.com/haiartjr.htm


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Dipankar Dasgupta
Dipankar Dasgupta
26. März 2023
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Reichhold's poem is an all time favourite of mine. Reading what she herself had to write about it is also an unforgettable memory. I agree with you that Stevenson's one liner and Reichhold's poem make a wonderful pair. They are both about shadows, but different kinds of shadows. Imprisoned and free. The contrast is superb.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
25. März 2023

Beautiful Kala! Loved the usage of the word, 'robs' and well placed too.

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
26. März 2023
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Thank you so much. _()_

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