Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mary Frederick Ahern & Ramesh Anand: Wednesday Haiku, #122

Photo by Judy and Ed

the heavy heads
of peonies

Mary Frederick Ahearn

 Photo by Zenera

autumn sky
patches of twilight
in the falling leaf

Ramesh Anand

 Photo by Wang Qian

the peony falls
spilling out yesterday's
translated by David G. Lanoue


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Alan Summers said...

Very poignant haiku from Mary Frederick Ahearn where someone has died, and to at least one mourner, even the peonies have bowed their heads.

Ramesh Anand gives us an amazing haiku with 'patches of twilight' seen or even caught in a single falling leaf, packing the haiku full of poignancy too.

I'm writing a piece on the power of poignancy in haiku and would gladly be allowed by the authors to incorporate these two marvellous works.

Issa of course gives another of his seemingly simple but multifaceted haiku.

Wonderful work!

Alan, With Words

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


So very glad that these grabbed you and thanks for letting us know. I'll send a note of heads up to Mary and Ramesh to contact you about possibly reprinting their work, the ultimate compliment.

And for me, too.


Alan Summers said...

Thanks Don,

Ramesh has already sent me a lovely email and given me permission.

I would be very happy indeed if it became possible to include Mary Frederick Ahearn's work too.

As I told Ramesh, this is going to be a core article, and I already use the article-in-progress for my students.

It's been a delight to read so many stunning haiku here.

warmest regards,

Alan, With Words

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

You are welcome, Alan - I sent an email off to Mary (as well as Ramesh), so hopefully she will be in touch with you. Today, of course, is a big holiday (and holiday week), so I imagine there might be a bit of a delay.

It really is great that what you find here is connecting - I look to you and your work as seminal in the field of haiku.


Mary Frederick Ahearn said...

Hello Alan,
I am so happy that you enjoyed my haiku and certainly you have my permission to include "requiem" in your article. It is an honor and my pleasure.
Thanks very much,
best wishes,

Rachael Stanley said...

What a lovely haiku by Ramesh Anand. I love the picture that accompanies it also as I have a fascination with winter trees. Their inky blackness holds a fascination for me.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


So happy this one grabbed you, along with the photo. There is something about a winter tree.

I've been pondering this Louise Glück poem lately, which touches on a tree and the coming of winter.

Then again, there is the cover of this famous poetry volume.