Saturday, March 23, 2013

I doodle, you ku, 2013 third week

What is a doodle-ku?

It is simply writing a poem to match a doodle or sketch  and is something similar to a haiga.

And what is a haiga?

To quote Michael Dylan Welch, "HAIGA is the art of combining brush painting, haiku, and calligraphy. A traditional haiga requires all three of these elements. Just as haiku succeeds by creating space and energy in the relationship of its two juxtaposed parts, haiga energizes viewers through the “leap” or even disjunction between the poem and the paint­ing (the painting is typically not an illustration of the poem).  Modern haiga sometimes replaces one of the three requirements, such as by using a photograph instead of a painting (also known as photo-haiga, or shahai in Japanese), or by typesetting words on a computer instead of using calligraphy. Some purists do not consider these variations to be authentic haiga, but they are increasingly popular as computer technology evolves. While traditional haiga will continue to require brush painting, haiku, and calligraphy, artists and poets have explored many additional combinations with pleasing re­sults, such as using collage and other mixed-media presentations."

The above was to answer the queries of the casual readers of this blog who are sometimes confused as to what is this doodle-ku all about? And the poems here will make better sense when read in conjunction with the doodles. So in order to see the accompanying doodles, please click here.

And now to the third week of  I doodle, you ku. I am surprised that I've come this far and here's what I wrote:

 March 15

 the headphones left behind
...listening to the sounds 
of silence

March 16

missing the mark
today this freedom
to flower 

March 17

ten years later-
still too big for me
to fill up


March 18

firefly this sudden longing to see you

March 19

the bucket brimming
with shards of moon

March 20   

the way
you strum me...
wind through the bamboo

March 21

tv viewing
at the old age home 


Friday, March 15, 2013

I doodle, you ku, 2013 - second week

We are through with the second week of I doodle, you ku and Aubrie's doodles are getting better and better while I am just managing to hang on. This is what i wrote for the 2nd week of IDYK. To see the accompanying doodles for each day, go here.

March 8

etched in milk the footprints of night

milk moon-
the silence
of your steps

March 9

this wordlessness
stuck at my throat-
new moon

March 10

the loon's call rippling
the sky 

March 11

a conversation
between the butterfly and beetle-
spring breeze 

March 12

too early
to worry about death a storm-
I board up the windows
just in case...

March 13

reaching for the snowflakes
the bare arm
of the scare crow

spring snow
on her bare arm
 a blue moth 

March 14

on the other side
of the barbed wire fence-

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I doodle, you ku 2013--first week

I promised (not to myself though) to stay off poetry for a while and focus on more pressing things like aadhar card, ATM card, repairs around the house, going on urgent shopping trips and last but not the least, sorting out a friend's love life. But when Aubrie Cox was back again on Yay words with her I doodle, you ku , 2013 , I knew I couldn't keep my word. Especially after listening to all  those woeful tales of a tormented soul and trying to play love guru,(which included taking a stroll at nine in the night up and down the street where the object of her affection is holed up), i I felt i could do with some counseling myself. So I plunge headlong into Aubrie's awesome doodles which never fail to brighten me up and though I know that this would mean a terrible rush by the end of the month ; for now I have made up my mind to enjoy myself without worrying about the future.Yes, that's the right attitude! And here's the first week's harvest! To see the accompanying doodles, please go here

March 1

of wing flutter-
the blind cat's sigh

March 2

between the dark woods
and the dying fire-
our little white tent

March 3

your gaze
another wave reaches
the shore 

March 4

left on the table
last night and what I didn't
want to hear 

March 5

the railway track disappearing into the train's whistle


the railway track the length of the train's whistle

March 6

not enough light
to read your mind-
chinese lanterns 

March 7

migrating bird-
two or three feathers left
on the window sill

Friday, March 1, 2013

NaHaiWriMo house 23, 24, 26, 27 & 28

I lost quite a bit of momentum in NaHaiWriMo postings when I left to attend the Haiku India meet at Pune and though I had intended to catch up after coming back, couldn't quite succeed in doing it.

The theme of the final week was "house" and here are the few that I managed to slip in.

February 23 - Prompt - BEDROOM

waking up
in the old double-bed
the space between us

February  24 - Prompt - BATHROOM

cold shower-
a dolphin's leap
on the bathroom wall 

February26 - Prompt - CLOSET

child's closet-
following the ant trail
to the hidden chocolates

February 27 - Prompt - GARAGE

spring dusk-
the heat in the backseat
of the garaged car

February  28 - Prompt - KITCHEN

morning glories
through the kitchen window
Dad's off-key song