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triveni spotlight: 5th July 2023

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh GUEST EDITOR: Nandita Jain Mahajan, July 2023



my energy

can only defeat a butterfly

this spring morning


Chiyo-ni




autumn night

again the clamor of geese

flying away

soon I will be

nobody’s child

Ruth Holzer


Thank you for giving me an opportunity to present my selection. Though the task of selecting haiku for Triveni Spotlight was very difficult, I found it very rewarding. I spent several hours going through poems available in the public domain and those from books in my personal collection. I read and re-read, shortlisted again and again paring down the list till I could do no more. It was a sheer joy to read such fantastic works - my heart is full ... so happy.

I tried to keep the poems different from what other guest editors had selected earlier. However, there is bound to be some repetition. I found myself leaning towards old Japanese masters like Basho, Issa, Shiki, and Ryokan but equally drawn to women poets like Chiyo-ni and Rengetsu. The simplicity, charm, and timeless quality is what pull me to their haiku. What a picture they paint! And, the space between what is said and what is unsaid. So many different interpretations which helped me connect to these poems.

Amongst the contemporary poets, I found myself opting for those that tugged at my heart. The poems span longing, sadness, hopelessness, hope, love, and gentleness. These are those that I could read over and over again, especially at dusk, when my mind is quiet and at peace. And then, something interesting happened. I realised that I could pair the masters with the contemporary - similar thoughts and subjects but different treatment. I hope you enjoy this selection. Nandita Jain Mahajan


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What a unique and refreshing way of handling this month's triveni spotlight selections! Watch out for this space, every alternate day, dear readers, you are in for a real treat! Thank you, Nandita. We are waiting to see the month unfold. _()_

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Both brilliant ones!


Pairing the infectious energy and enthusiasm in one poem with the feeling of loneliness!


I don't know in what context Ruth Holzer wrote the tanka but this verse reminded of someone extremely dear to me (an adult) say they felt like an orphan when both their parents departed just sixteen days apart after a traumatic month.

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Nandita Jain Mahajan
Nandita Jain Mahajan
05 de jul. de 2023

Some of you may have heard the old country song, ‘Nobody’s Child‘. If not, here are the lyrics. It made me appreciate the tanka much more.


As I was slowly passing

An orphans' home one day

And stopped for just a moment

To watch the children play

Alone a boy was standing

And when I asked him why

He turned with eyes that could not see

And he began to cry

I'm nobody's child

I'm nobody's child

Just like the flowers

I'm growing wild

No mummy's kisses

And no daddy's smile

Nobody wants me

I'm nobody's child


People come for children

And take them for their own

But they all seem to pass me by

And I am left alone


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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
06 de jul. de 2023
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Beautiful poems. Thank you for sharing it here, Nandita. _()_

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Anna Maria
Anna Maria
05 de jul. de 2023

Nice poems, like it!


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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
05 de jul. de 2023

Really loved the combination of these two images;

one defining a moment of trying to defeat a butterfly, but can we? No!

Then to that philosophical mind to realise that 'we have come alone and alone we will depart'.

Also to the fact about the upbringing of children and their mental agony that sometimes traumatize them. The behavioral pattern of parents constantly fighting and arguing does affect the children's mind and it makes them think that they are 'nobody's child'. They look forward to moments of joy that never happens.

How beautifully Nandita has brought the two images together...

trying to find happiness - spring morning

a sad moment - autumn night

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Thank you!

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
05 de jul. de 2023
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Thank you!

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Nandita Jain Mahajan
Nandita Jain Mahajan
05 de jul. de 2023

Ruth’s tanka talks of extreme loneliness. What does ‘nobody’s child’ signify? Do share your thoughts.

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Nandita Jain Mahajan
Nandita Jain Mahajan
05 de jul. de 2023
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Thank you. I too think it’s to do with felling unwanted and unloved.

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