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Sunday, May 04, 2008

HAIGA: Response to One Single Impression Prompt of 5/4/08

The prompt this week at ONE SINGLE IMPRESSION is "desert, or deserted." (You can visit to see the full prompt and how others' respond to this idea, each in their own unique way.)

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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At 8:03 PM , Blogger Raven said...


At 2:08 AM , Blogger SandyCarlson said...

The one leaf falling suggests to me the last leaf falling. In such stillness, I imagine I hear that leaf.
Writing in Faith: Poems

At 4:44 AM , Anonymous Pam said...

This is beautiful. I really like the stillness and beauty of your take on the word "deserted."

At 8:39 AM , Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

Simple yet speaks of death in the way of falling leaf..


At 3:52 PM , Anonymous zoya gautam said...

..viewed in isolation and out of context "poetry" can be a tricky thing."one eucalyptus leaf falls"(how many lay persons would appreciate the poetics of this one singular line?)..with the backdrop of 'deserted' this very line builds a scenario and becomes poetry.. thank u..

At 5:26 PM , Anonymous one more believer said...

makes me think of simon & garfunkel... the sounds of silence...

At 3:21 AM , Blogger Roswila said...

Hi zoya guatam,

Thanks for your interesting comment. Forgive me if I go on, but it precipitated quite a bit of thinking.

I've read (this aging brain can't recall where duh!) that there is a school of thought that says haiku are not really poems. And I see how that can be true, since ideally they are not crafted but simply the recording of a moment well-attended to. That is, ideally we do not willfully apply the usual western poetic writing devices (such as alliteration, rhyme, meter, assonance, simile, etc.) when writing haiku. And that "meaning" or "message" in a haiku is usually an after effect; comes out of having recorded a moment. Here's one I wrote recently that I really experienced this "after effect" with:

cliffside guard rail
the biker pauses to smoke
a cigarette

I just wrote what I saw; and only got the ironic contrast between the first line and the other two on re-reading it some time later.

At 4:41 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Heartstoppingly beautiful

At 6:24 AM , Blogger qualcosa di bello said...

that is very dreamy...

At 3:40 PM , Blogger storyteller said...

Beautiful image in your haiga! I’m visiting late, but am glad I didn’t miss this. Thanks for visiting mine ;--)
Hugs and blessings,


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