Greetings and welcome to The Haiku Pond. A place to ponder life through haiku. My name is Anthony Nanfito and I’m the caretaker of the Pond.
Each season I share haiku written by myself and others. Each episode features haiku centered around a pre-chosen theme. You can learn more at http://thehaikupond.com.
If you’re ready, let’s prepare for our visit. Take a deep breath and dive in.
The theme for this visit is spirits and will feature haiku written by myself and others.
A Haiku & Reflection from Me
echoes of the past
coursing through our hearts and veins
Everything you see around you is made of stardust. All of the elements that make up both the living and nonliving things of the world, indeed the universe, were forged long ago at the center of stars around 13.8 billions years ago. Upon the completion of their life cycle these first stars went supernova and spread their forged elements across space and the cycle began anew — forming new stars and strange worlds with this stardust.
In a particular region of the Milky Way Galaxy, about 4.5 billions years ago, this dust was reconstituted into a new star with some rocky worlds and some giant gas worlds orbiting around it.
And upon the third rock orbiting this particular star it just happened that the structure of the molecules and the interplay of chemistry was such that life (as we know and understand it) formed from this ancient stardust.
After countless iterations and cataclysms, life morphed into its current form — the form of us humans and all other living things we see in this world of wonder. I, like you, am the descendant of countless generations of previous humans and lifeforms that fought against threats large and small. Survived famine, disease, and war. Constructed large cities and invented new technological gadgets and machines.
All of this from ancient stardust that exploded from stars billions of years ago.
Ancient stardust that courses through my heart and veins as I type and read this.
Ancient stardust that courses through your heart and veins as you listen to this.
Ancient stardust that is contained in everything you see and touch.
In this sense, you and I, and everything, are very ancient and contained within us are the spirits of all that came before us.
echoes of the past
coursing through our hearts and veins
Listener Submitted Haiku
Now, let’s hear from our listeners. Each haiku will be repeated twice so you can fully immerse yourself within it. If you’d like to submit a haiku for a future episode, please visit thehaikupond.com for details. Alright, let’s begin.
From Uchechukwu Onyedikam:
From Jerome Berglund:
possession by spirits
will take one on flights depth-finding
splendid places too
From Mark Hitri:
All the light I cannot see
How can I believe
From Charissa Hooyman:
Lush green of the forest
From Mitja Lovše:
When I’m in your room,
I can still sense your breathing –
From Damian Carlton:
The spirits of the dead
Return to the living world
To haunt not but teach
From Linda Sacco:
Third eye wandering,
treading bohemian paths.
From Katherine E Winnick:
blythe tones of white
From Nitu Yumnam:
lifting our flagging spirits
From James Gaskin:
the names we say aloud
in the dark
From Ryan Gibbs:
releasing seeds into mist
shrouded spirits rise
From Chittaluri Satyanarayana:
a cloud spirits away
From Rudolf Slöh:
black river boils as
vapours spring to banish ghosts –
breathe in the spirits
From Zahra Mughis:
From Tracy Davidson:
the ouija board
my mother smashes
death has not improved her mood
From Sara Hailstone:
Your blanket ether imprint,
When I needed you.
From Linda M. Crate:
a soft eerie glow
soft whisper, kindest embrace;
petals of solace.
From Dana Clark-Millar:
walking with my ghosts
on the day of the dead
the crunch of acorns
From Mona Bedi:
grandpa and his spirit
From Haiku Fiction DJU:
new year’s eve
in the abandoned furniture store
the spirits whisper
Special thanks to all the poets who submitted their haiku for this episode. It’s an honor and a pleasure to read them. If you’re listening and you’d like to connect with these poets, visit the show notes linked in the description of this episode for links to their websites or social accounts.
Theme for Next Time
The theme for our next visit will be ‘water’ and your haiku need to be submitted by 11:59pm Bangkok Time (GMT +7) on Friday August 12, 2022. You may submit one haiku for this theme. It can be published or unpublished — as long as you retain the rights to share it.
To submit your haiku, follow the link in the description or visit thehaikupond.com and click the red ‘Submit’ button at the top of the page. If you have any trouble, please send an email to thehaikupond [at] gmail (dot) com.
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