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Friday, October 30, 2015

the held breath

Carpe Diem Special #179 Tom D'Evelyn "The Held Breath: Sound and Silence in a Haiku"

The Held Breath: Sound and Silence in a Haiku

Posted on October 24, 2015 by Tom D'Evelyn on his own website Haiku Eschaton

Haiku is an art of silence, or at least of silences. The inner architecture turns on a gap, an empty space between dimensions; the meditative origins of the imagery suggest deep silences. And yet it is also an art of the senses, richly mixed to convey the complexity of the flesh of the ongoing world. Sounds pretentious as hell, yes? Maybe, but . . .

the whine of the leaf blower
the leaves the leaves keep falling

© Tom D’Evelyn

Can I possibly write a haiku that has that balance between sound and silence?  One never knows till one tries.

the evening traffic
splattering through the puddles
a single drip falls

approaching footfalls
anticipation builds . .

©  petra domina

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


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