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triveni spotlight: 5th January 2024

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Vidya Shankar and Teji Sethi GUEST EDITOR: Vandana Parashar 5th January 2024

sea mist

the scent of the night

it spent in the pines

Michael McClintock

The Heron’s Nest

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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Loved the words

scent and spent.



Another lovely selection Vandana involving multiple senses, the sight of the thickness of the mist, the smell of the pine, and the stickiness of the salinity on the skin. The addition of the dimension of time from night to the morning gives it another layer.


Yes! Already in my collection! Crafted so masterfully.


There's a subtly erotic, or sensuous, tone to this beguiling haiku (as with some others of McClintock's verses e.g. "letting my tongue/deeper into the cool/ripe tomato"). Also the intermingling of natural forces. Do we take the season as late summer/early autumn, the sea being warmer than the cooling air?

An interesting choice, Vandana.


What a beautiful haiku combining sea mist and pine. Thank you.

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