Heeding Haiku with HA! May 29, 2014 (Tanka)


Tell me no more of thy love, papeeha,

Wouldst thou recall to my heart, papeeha,

Dreams of delight that are gone,

When swift to my side came the feet of my lover

With stars of the dusk and the dawn?

I see the soft wings of the clouds on the river,

And jewelled with raindrops the mango-leaves quiver,

And tender boughs flower on the plain…..

But what is their beauty to me, papeeha,

Beauty of blossom and shower, papeeha,

That brings not my lover again? 

Tell me no more of thy love, papeeha,

Wouldst thou revive in my heart, papeeha

Grief for the joy that is gone?

I hear the bright peacock in glimmering woodlands

Cry to its mate in the dawn;

I hear the black koel’s slow, tremulous wooing,

And sweet in the gardens the calling and cooing

Of passionate bulbul and dove….

But what is their music to me, papeeha

Songs of their laughter and love, papeeha,

To me, forsaken of love?

A Love Song from the North, by Sarojini Naidu

Today, HA asked us to analize and create a tanka or haiku using this wonderful poem as inspriation.  Here is my contribution:

forelorn – forsaken
your sweet garden songs are naught
my lover now gone
my ears now closed to your song
I am now love-deaf and sad

raindrops and clouds form –
gentle rain bends the flowers
the passing river –
this beauty is lost to me
as I weep for my lost love

sweet garden music
how I loved the passion-songs
now I sit deafened
no longer they invite smiles
I’m forlorn and forsaken

G.s.k. ’14

Heeding Haiku With HA: To Derive Inspiration From Poetry # 2

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