What I really love in your poem, Kala, is that here is a haiku expressing a hindu spiritual experience!
Contrary to Blyth and many influential (English-speaking) commentators, haiku is not a zen instrument, or even a spiritual art, but a poetic form which, because it focuses on human encounters with the lived world, has enormous flexibility and potency. It can be made to respond to whatever moves the poet – including mirth, sorrow, boredom, ecstasy, insult or contemplation. Or many of these complex feelings all at once.
Kala, thanks a "tone" for submitting this. It is a resounding work!
mmm, Kala, I know what you are saying but I don't think it is any disservice to art to say while art can be spiritual, and much of the best and most enduring art definitely is spiritual, making art is not the same as spirituality and definitely much art is not spiritual in creative intent. But perhaps you have a different understanding of spiritual to me. I would limit the word to referring to an experience which transcends the patterns of everyday life or relates to a manner of living which is removed from or beyond the normal needs and imperatives of fleshy creatures like us. Portrait painting, dancing, jazz and architecture are all examples that come to mind which are usually not undertaken with spiritual intent. As i see it, art is about exploring and capturing the complete range of human experiences including the basic, the mundane, and even the ugly. Haiku poets can definitely do many of those non-spiritual explorations, and capture/create portraits of all aspects of human nature and experience. We as haiku readers of course can choose to apply a spiritual filter in reading and recreating the experience conveyed in the work. But we need to remember that spiritual focus might not be the artist's intent and we should not insist that the only valid experience of an art work is a spiritual one.