autumn lyrics:
Father talks gently of life
beyond death


—Kala Ramesh
        

My father, an 86 years old practicing doctor, was talking about the karma theory that we Hindus believe in and which was incorporated by The Buddha in his teachings. It was a poignant moment for me.

About the author: Kala Ramesh is a performing vocalist in Indian Classical music. Coming from an extremely artistic and culturally rich South Indian family, Kala believes -- as her father is fond of saying -- that "the soil has to be fertile for the plant to bloom" and feels that she owes this poetic streak in her to her mother. A proud mother of two young adults, Kala lives with her husband in Pune, India.

Responses to the haiku for 30 October 2006 by Kala Ramesh

  1.  
    Bill Kenney
    2006-10-30 07:18:19
     

    Gentle and powerful, Kala.

  2.  
    Judy Sunderland
    2006-10-30 10:36:14
     

    Sweet. This moves me and reminds me of my own father.

    Thank you.

  3.  
    Alan Summers
    2006-10-30 11:30:06
     

    Thank you for another gentle haiku.

  4.  
    Georgia Kornbluth
    2006-10-30 12:55:50
     

    Lovely & gentle, yes, but much more than that as well -- deep, meaningful, resonant.

  5.  
    Magyar
    2006-10-30 13:41:16
     

    Kala, as always... your good words create parallel thoughts_!

    facing his failures
    became my fathers
    greatest virtue
    _ Kala, thank you _M

  6.  
    Vasile Moldovan
    2006-10-30 15:37:09
     

    Kala, moving haiku.Congratulations!

    At the fireside
    listening the father story...
    autumn twilight

  7.  
    A.Thiagarajan (thiag at vsnl dot com)
    2006-10-30 20:30:19
     

    Wonderful again, Kala

  8.  
    kala ramesh
    2006-10-30 21:42:24
     

    Dear Bill, Judy, Alan, Georgia, Magyar, Vasile & Thiagarajan,

    Thanks so much for your encouraging responses and resonant haiku. Truly appreciate your kindness.

    warmly,
    kala

  9.  
    Andrea
    2006-10-31 02:31:46
     

    so beautiful and poignant... thank you Kala

  10.  
    Judith Ingram (super dot ingram at verizon dot net)
    2006-10-31 12:30:37
     

    Kala, I would not call your poem sweet or gentle, tho it very well may be. It has power and for me, a woman "of a certain age", it is extremely poignant.

    When I should have questioned,
    I was too busy.
    Now, they are all gone.

  11.  
    Georgia
    2006-10-31 13:35:23
     

    Not quite all gone, Judith!
    I too would not have said "gentle" on my own, but did concede the point once it had been said. (I don't concede "sweet.")
    I too feel a great deal of poignancy & power in this haiku.

  12.  
    kala ramesh
    2006-11-01 00:21:28
     

    Dear Judith,

    Thanks for this deep analysis and it was thought provoking!

    In music to sing a word gently or end softly - one needs to practice power singing and modulation, without which the soft ending sounds weak and ineffective.

    So also every gentle sounding poem [ to be effective] has to have a solid backing of power - you saw one side - some saw the other side?Yes??


    warmly
    kala

  13.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-11-02 11:17:27
     

    hemant-
    father's gentle hand
    over my head
    the rains have ended

  14.  
    Collin Barber
    2006-11-04 10:32:54
     

    Kala,

    I'm just now getting to this. What a great third line. I agree with the above comments...this is wonderful.


    Collin

  15.  
    b.m.r.
    2009-11-23 16:56:15
     

    fallen pollen...
    autumn vipaka
    ripen now
    spring karma

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