thunderstorm ~
a dragonfly rests on
my night table

—Narayanan Raghunathan

About the author: My fields of activity are Philosophy (Universal Religion, Mysticism), Mathematics (Transcendental Numbers, Infinite Continued Fractions, General Number Theory, Foundations of Mathematics), Poetry, Music (Indian Karnaatik and Dhrupad(Hindusthani), Musicology), Dance (Neo-Classical), Photography and Graphics, and Farming. I have published the following books 1] Kalki ~ The Last Coming 2] Scrap Bits from The Note-Books of a Lunatic 3] Infinite Flame Silences(Haiku) 4] Apocalyptic Rapture(Haiku~ With Amanda) 5] The Solitary Infinity: Obituary To Transfinity.

Contact: aum_raudrabrahmanarayanan at yahoo dot com

Responses to the haiku for 24 September 2007 by Narayanan Raghunathan

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-09-24 07:43:57

    beginning of
    frost filled nights


    crisp night--
    this day without sunshine

    2007-09-24 08:23:50

    Thank you Bob ~

    autumn dream ~
    winged serpents fly on
    the astral ciborium

    2007-09-24 08:25:35

    Greetings Narayanan_!

    the lightning curtain whisks...
    dust from my window sill

    2007-09-24 08:54:07

    Great Thanks Magyar ~ Greetings to you too.

    birds' endless choir ~
    outside the window
    a clouded sky

    2007-09-24 08:58:20

    "thunderstorm ~
    a dragonfly rests on
    my night table"

    For me it's just stunning.

    2007-09-24 09:22:22

    So beautiful. A visual delight. ~ Shar

    2007-09-24 10:16:02

    What can I say, it's a beautiful ku, Narayanan!

    Narayanan Raghunathan (aum_raudrabrahmanarayanan at yahoo dot com)
    2007-09-24 10:23:30

    Great Thanks Anna, Sharon and Marijo. I am honoured.

    Bill Kenney
    2007-09-24 11:34:41

    A special moment indeed. The simple word "rests" carries a wealth of meaning here.

    josh wikoff
    2007-09-24 11:38:08

    A beautiful moment and lovely contrast of images. Interestingly, the enjambment allows a masculine caesura after L2.

    thunderstorm ~
    a dragonfly rests on
    my night table /nr

    the red flash
    of digital numbers /jw

    I like your stuff.

    2007-09-25 00:12:46

    The combination of sight and sound is delightful.

    I have one question, however: Why use the swung dash as your kireji?

    2007-09-25 05:45:03

    Enjoyed the haiku, and envy you a dragonfly in your room at night! ;-)

    Just having come back from Sri Lanka, I was able to enjoy some fine lizards in my resort room, but alas not enough to stave off a few mozzie bites.

    Great to see you back on Tinywords again! ;-)

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-09-25 07:09:58

    i, too, await narayanan's answer. i've had my reasons in the past; albeit, i'd not seen others use the tilde in haiku.
    gk, this has never been openly discussed, to my knowledge, other than in my mind; and i use the (swung dash) not for changing phonetic values...


    crisp winds breezing
    through the swaying pines~
    stiffening postnasal drip

    Patricia (a/k/a Roswila) (maryschild44 at yahoo dot com)
    2007-09-25 10:04:19

    What a breath-taking/holding contrast in this. Thanks!

    Ed Schwellenbach
    2007-09-25 17:50:16

    Very nicely done, Narayanan. Your observation is quiet sensitive. I've always loved watching nature's reaction to nature. Thanks for your moment.

    first autumn frost
    a field mouse explores
    my kitchen floor

    judith ingram
    2007-09-25 21:24:13

    I love autumn but do so regret the loss of summer. You expressed it well. The other night, this really happened.

    autumn visitor
    a mouse in the
    bread drawer

    2007-09-25 23:46:38

    Thank you Bill for observing and noting the etymological depth of the word "rests" as used here in this ku.
    Yes josh wikoff i am aware the secondary kirej after line two. Thank you for this special reading of the ku.
    Thank you gK and Alan summers for the encouragement.
    About tilde [~] later. for lack of sufficient space.
    midnight breeze ~
    on the blue kitchen wall
    a row of ants ascend

    2007-09-26 01:44:23

    to b. m. richardson:

    The use of the swung dash in haiku has been discussed a number of times on the Haikutalk mailing list. Some of the best discussions (in 2001 and 2004), unfortunately, were on the pre-Yahoo! Groups version, which AFAIK is not archived anywhere on the internet.

    2007-09-26 03:05:32

    There are some reasons why I use the tilde [~] also called "swung dash".

    I often make compund words in my haiku out of necessity and use "dash" [-] to link the individual words . So I wanted another appropriate punctuation for the kireji. There were three options colon[:] semi-colon[;] and tilde[~]. It was late 2001 and I had actively started writing Haiku. I chose the exotic tilde~[contd]~

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-09-26 03:56:54

    gk, i sense we're in agreement, my saying "to my knowledge", and your saying "afaik" or at this juncture, afauk. however, let's move to the greater issue, it's purpose in usage.
    i'll go first. the tilde is a grapheme (fundamental unit in written language). these days, i use it as a sarcasm mark.


    dreary morn~
    yet, some light
    from the www

    2007-09-28 01:57:08

    From wikipedia:

    In dictionaries, both bilingual and monolingual, the tilde is often referred to as a swung dash. It is often used to replace the headword of an entry when it occurs within the entry, in order to save space. For example, ~ enough would represent ironically enough at the entry for ironically.

    2007-10-02 21:46:07

    On the Haikutalk list discussions, ALL the editors were strongly against using a tilde as a kireji. My guess: Submit a haiku with a tilde to one of them and you risk a swift rejection.

    My take: Tilde has some very limited, specific uses, with none of them as punctuation in a sentence. I used them once in a 'concrete' haiku to emulate waves. Otherwise, they shouldn't be used in haiku.

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-10-03 11:23:17

    gk, short of amazing, and thinking your position would end with more than " Otherwise, they shouldn't be used~". you emphasized "ALL"; surely meaning "THE editors THERE". why worry about a rejection from such an elite group. for every revolutionary THOUGHT there comes a naysayer.

    with some imagination, the tilde usage is unlimited

    autumn thought~
    from a tiny acorn
    came this mighty oak

    2007-10-05 04:08:48

    Profound Gratitude for your kind responses ~ Patricia, Ed Schwellenbach, judith ingram: I am honoured by your Haiku posted here~ Ed Schwellenbach, judith ingram and Bob Richardson.
    The tilde[~] fascinates me for some inexplicable reason: I use it [~] to indicate an "endless continuum"[cosmoses hidden in seamless imaginations~]
    a vague dream ~~
    i wake up to watch
    a fullmoon night~