NaPoWriMo – Day 25

Yoohoo!! It’s a mini Silver Jubilee of sorts on NaPoWriMo – 25 days today and I cannot believe I’ve posted 25 Haiku 🙂 I’ve met so many incredibly talented poets and writers on this journey and am having a ball – interacting with them and reading their work. Very inspiring 🙂

Abundance is one of my favorite words – for obvious reasons! The promise of plenty is always comforting but Abundance has a ring to it that is heartening as well. Its inherently lyrical and positive vibes make it very appealing! Every since I heard Sarah Ban Breathnach expound her Simple Abundance theory on Oprah way back when I still watched, I began to look at it with fresh perspective. Her idea is not new nor original and summed up means ‘Celebrate the Simple Things in Life’, which lets face it is something we hear a million times in one lifetime! But I guess it clicked that once in a new way somewhere in my head and I’m a happier person for it 🙂

And what can be simpler than the joy of watching the Monsoon in its full Glory! Raindrops and puddles, steaming hot cuppas and crisp, crunchy ‘bhajias’ (fritters), warm quilts and the world awash in life giving aqua?! The Indian Monsoon is a special force of Nature – Fierce, Destructive and Life-Giving. I hope it comes on time this year and is kind to us puny humans! Here is my own tiny homage to its Magnificence!!

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P.S. I’ve done a little research and apparently Haiku (in English) do not have to stick rigidly to the principle of 5-7-5 syllables in 3 lines. The idea or perhaps aim is a better word; one of the aims of a Haiku is to depict a moment in time and juxtaposition two seemingly separate ideas with minimal word sounds. Although in English the Japanese ‘On’ or word sounds are interpreted as ‘syllables’, they are not identical. So in this Haiku, I have wandered from the rule and am very happy to have done so! I never was one for rigid rules 😉

NaPoWriMo – Day 12

Today’s Haiku is dedicated to my Gran. She will turn 87 on the 28th of this month 🙂 My Gran is a warrior and a survivor. She has lived a tough, hard and ultimately long life and seen tragedy and joy in equal measure, although she sure could have done with less tragedy! We all could have. Still, all in all, a Life well lived; and watching her frail condition now – her tired body and drained soul – perhaps one coming to its logical conclusion. It pains me to write these words but it pains me more to see her reduced to a shadow of her former self – losing her memories and sense of self. She’s fought the hard fight and she’s triumphed and I want her to leave, when she will, in a blaze of Glory! This is my wish. She’s earned it with blood, sweat and tears.

This one is for you Aai…

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NaPoWriMo – Day 11

I know, I know…I thought I wouldn’t have time to write but guess what…I do and so you have to suffer me again 😉

Today is an auspicious Day for us Hindus – it’s our New YearGudi Padva 🙂 A Day of new beginnings and fresh starts and all that jazz 😉 But it’s also a rather special for us as a family, since Hubby is celebrating a milestone Birthday today! I won’t say which (although there are those who know :P), coz well, don’t want to upset him on his special day…he’s not quite as thick-skinned as I am 😉

Lets just say – it’s a big deal and I’m really happy and proud to be by his side! Hubby is a self-made man like my Dad, which is perhaps what attracted me to him in the first place all of those years ago 🙂 He’s a workaholic; a dynamic, passionate man who is devoted to his family and fiercely protective of it. I have yet to see him come across a problem he can’t solve or a situation he cannot handle. He can be abrasive and rash and he is a man of few words in most company, but he’s a good, solid man of integrity, a fun, loving husband and an excellent father and really, what more is there to say?!

So on this special day, I dedicate this Haiku to my Better Half – the man who stole my heart two decades ago and can still make it melt with the warmth of his smile 🙂 Cheers to our Magical Journey – may it never end!

Love You G!! Always have and always will ❤

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NaPoWriMo – Day 9

After the somber tone of yesterday’s Haiku, I wanted to change tack entirely and return to the Happiness that’s always waiting beneath the surface! It is really, just that some days, t’s a hard to get a hold of, put a finger on, Remember – you know what I mean?

So this is my way – of Remembering 🙂 When I first developed a serious interest in photography – Flowers were my thing! Not only because they are beautiful but because they so obligingly stayed put and allowed me to experiment with light and settings and angles at leisure 🙂 Yes Flowers were my friends and although it’s been a while since I took some great flower pics, they still remain so today! I love water lilies – there’s something so zen-like in their symmetry and their colors, pristine whites, pretty pinks and royal purples that it’s hard to escape their soothing effect 🙂 I have a feeling having stumbled upon this picture – that it will be one of many 😉 You have been warned 😛

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NaPoWriMo – Day 8

As I mentioned in my previous post of the day, yesterday ended with a rather serious conversation with Mom and I guess that’s still playing on my mind coz this rather dark verse popped uncalled for into my head as I was browsing pictures for Haiku! Oh well – an occasional walk on the dark-side can be unexpectedly therapeutic sometimes! 

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