cardiogram ...
in the hospital window
distant mountains 


—Origa
        

I wrote this haiku when my husband was in the hospital after the stroke, in early June 2006. The first few days, he undergone all kinds of tests, and I was there all the time watching that... It was hard.

He is home now, and recovering.

About the author: Origa is a pen name of Olga Hooper. She is a sumi-e artist and a haiku writer, and she also studies ikebana and painting on ceramic. She's been writing haiku poetry (both in English and Russian) for about four years, won prizes in International haiku contests, and is widely published. Her web sites: Live Journal, Kankodori, and Gallery in the Hieroglyph.

Responses to the haiku for 19 October 2006 by Origa

  1.  
    kala ramesh
    2006-10-19 03:49:39
     

    Dear Origa,

    Ha! Those mountains again - your friends!
    Loved your poem and the feelings it evoked.

    All the very best to you and your husband.

    warmly,
    kala

  2.  
    2006-10-19 05:26:30
     

    Thank you very much, dear Kala! Glad you enjoyed :)

    Yes, they are my dear friends, I love mountains, hiking, rock climbing, etc.! :)

  3.  
    Angelika Wienert
    2006-10-19 05:40:54
     

    i liked it very much to read your haiku, Olga


    best wishes,
    Angelika

  4.  
    2006-10-19 05:49:30
     

    Thank you kindly, Angelika! :)

  5.  
    Bill Kenney
    2006-10-19 06:40:54
     

    A powerful, understated ku, Origa.

    chemotherapy—
    she always liked the way
    I kissed her hair

    [In memory of Alma 1936-1981]

  6.  
    2006-10-19 06:52:16
     

    Thank you, dear Bill!

    Your haiku is poignant yet deep and beautiful, somehow... Bless you.

  7.  
    Aurora
    2006-10-19 10:26:42
     

    Origa, this is excellent!

  8.  
    il.balan
    2006-10-19 10:35:18
     

    A deep moment...
    All the best for you and your husband

  9.  
    Fran Morris
    2006-10-19 10:40:37
     

    Great double image!
    Splendid effect.

  10.  
    Corneliu Atanasiu
    2006-10-19 11:42:05
     

    Very, very delicate this "distant". A lot of meanings.

  11.  
    Magyar
    2006-10-19 11:48:26
     

    _Olga... being home, is most often the best medicine; best wishes to your husband, and to you for the care your giving. Your ku says it all_!
    -M

  12.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webv dot net)
    2006-10-19 14:17:13
     

    hearttt murmurs--
    remembering conversations
    we once had

  13.  
    2006-10-19 17:01:29
     

    Olga
    Very skillful--your jutaposition of the cardiograph pattern and the distant mountains. Best regards to you and your husband.

    much love
    gillena

  14.  
    Barbara (bats69 at bigpond dot net dot au)
    2006-10-19 17:06:17
     

    This moment really spoke to me.
    Thank you.

  15.  
    Judith Ingram
    2006-10-19 21:38:33
     

    Origa, such a lovely poem and how wonderful that your husband is at home again.


    out the window
    blooming roses smile
    inside, goodbye

  16.  
    Linda
    2006-10-19 23:40:06
     

    a very personal, moving haiku, Olga

  17.  
    2006-10-20 16:17:00
     

    Thank you, Gillena and Barbara! (to others, I responded by email -- but your comments didn't appear in my mailbox, so I respond here).

    Gillena -- thank you for the good wishes! We need them.

    Barbara -- it's good to know that. All my best to you and yours...

  18.  
    2006-10-23 11:32:34
     

    Quietly moving powerful haiku. Those distant mountains resonate!

  19.  
    Andrew Riutta
    2006-12-04 19:22:14
     

    This has all of the right elements. It is modern, and yet has such a classic approach. Wonderful!

    Andrew Riutta

  20.  
    2006-12-05 21:00:12
     

    Thank you for your comments, Allan and Andrew! It is so good to hear such kind words from the wonderful haijins as you are :)

  21.  
    b.m.r.
    2009-10-30 15:27:59
     

    autumn dusk
    temperatures in the 80's--
    no mountains left to climb

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