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triveni spotlight : 27 july

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

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morning sun

stroking its warmth

through the old dog’s fur


Rachel Sutcliffe

The Heron’s Nest

Vol. XVI, No. 3 (September 20140


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. Guest Editor: Scott Mason



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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
2022年7月27日

Thank you so much Scott fir bringing out such beautiful images lending its way through all the senses.

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
2022年7月26日

morning sun

stroking the warmth

through the old dog's fur

Rachel Sutcliffe


Such a touching, compassionate piece, and so tactile. I think any poem is improved by engagement of the senses. Sutcliffe's haiku conveys deep emotion with economy of language and without gushy sentimentality. The word "old" says it all.

Although the poem has no formal kigo, the feeling here is distinctly autumnal. The warmth is a clue; it's noticable because the weather would generally be getting chilly. It also underscores the tenderness of soothing an old devoted friend.

Beautifully executed; the best of haikai writing IMO. Thanks Scott.


---Billie


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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
2022年7月27日
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Thank you so much, Billie, for bringing out the salient point about the seasonal reference here. Loved mulling over your reasoning.

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Sadly missed! Awesome write as they always were.

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