I think, therefore I write

Incense

Source: http://www.wildmind.org

Chaotic yet calm,
Reaching unseen depths,
Tranquility’s irony!

Dissolving into nothing,
Merging with everything,
Which is it?

This is for Haiku Heights : April A2Z Heights Day 10 under the prompt ‘Incense‘.

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I kept on commenting on Ajay’s haiku posts with my own creations and I thought, hey why not give it a try. And here it is.

I am not expert at Haiku whether in English or Tamil, but when I read about the meaning of Haiku, I was astonished. I didn’t know there were rules and so much meaning behind it. I always thought it is a short verse/poem which gives to-the-point description about the author’s idea. Well, it is that and much more. Interested? Here, check this out: What is a Haiku?

My favorite piece in the description from the above link is quoted below:

A perfect e.g. of the haiku not necessarily being in 5-7-5 is this one, written by a pioneer of Haiku in English, Cor van den Heuvel in the Haiku Anthology, 1999.

Little spider
will you outlive
me

A haiku doesn’t tell what is the idea in the mind of the author, it shows. Whereas the haiku above would just look like a direct question told out in a moment, it shows to me, a question of survival, who’ll be the last standing.. if we read it in another way, we could also feel it to be a question asked with an ego, or pride… the bigger species would outlast the smaller ones. It has layers in it which are shown to the reader. One of my friends told me, it takes more than a minute to actually and completely read a haiku, and understand what the poet wishes to say. Perhaps even this breaking down might be not completely accurate, but it’s more than a question to ask the spider, right? It makes you think… what’s the thought behind the poet’s words.”  –As quoted from What is a Haiku?

So that’s it for now, see you around folks 🙂

Until later 🙂

13 Comments

  1. Rambly

    You have done very well with your first attempt. I particularly liked the 2nd Stanza, the smoke of the incense indeed dissolves into the air but at the same time it merges around all in its path. Very well done.

    • Keirthana

      Thanks Rambly 🙂 I should say, not only the smoke, but also the aroma, the purity and the tranquility – everything seems to dissolve into nothing yet they seem to merge with everything within and around us.

      Thanks for dropping by! Do come for more 🙂

  2. Panchali

    Ummmm…these are truly beautiful. Aroma, worship and intimacy, these words influence the core of our being –how true!! Love this set….:) Thanks Smita!

  3. S Jayanth

    I must say there are powerful haiku. I liked both, the first one more. Tranquility’s irony, indeed! Brilliant haiku.. And that was a very good description below, about how reading a haiku is different from reading a general poem.

    • Keirthana

      Thanks Jayanth! The description was from Haiku Heights 🙂

  4. Reading Pleasure

    Finely crafted haiku. A good first attempt.

    • Keirthana

      Thanks a lot 🙂

  5. One of a Class

    Nicely done! I especially liked the second. It speaks to me of the unity of all.

    • Keirthana

      Thanks a lot!

  6. Ajay Kontham™

    Well well,
    Here comes the poet who has been hiding from the world. 😛

    Now the Haiku.
    Beautifully written. Need a say more? Whatever I wanted to say, ^everybody has already mentioned.

    Take Care.
    Keep Writing. 🙂

    • Keirthana

      Thanks Ajay 🙂 I had fun doing this, hence you deserve a double thank you for introducing me to this challenge.

      • Ajay Kontham™

        Ah, My Pleasure. 😀

        You just keeping doing what you gotto do. 😀

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