Sunday, March 31, 2013


For the prompt of modern day mythology tended on the dVerse bar by Mary, I have two sets. The first three are from Indian epic and mythology. The characters (bolded) are mentioned in the first line. I have tried to capture their essence in Haiku (I have shared my understanding of this form of poetry too at the end and I stand to be corrected). Hope I am clear. The second set is well, read on and I am sure You know who!?!

Karna the generous
Warm with curses –
Donated blessings

 Ravana the demon
Showered with power-
Well-versed tyrant.

 Shakti the Goddess
Delicate beauty -
Slayer of evil

(YOU KNOW WHO…)...:)

Caped Crusader
Cold to crimes -
Give me the millions

Hen's offering 
Flowery pajamas -
End up as omelet.

Honking on rails

Colorful hues –
Human demeanor.

(On a second thought, I think I will spill the beans here about You know Who? -

Batman (my childhood favourite)
Humpty Dumpty (poor eggs!)
Thomas Train (my dotty's favourite)
I am given to understand the following about Haiku (from wikepedia)
 and I stand to be corrected.

Today, haiku are written in many languages, but most poets outside of Japan are
concentrated in the English-speaking countries and in the Balkans.
It is impossible to single out any current style or format or subject matter as definitive.
Some of the more common practices in English are:
  • Use of three (or fewer) lines of 17 or fewer syllables;
  • Use of a season word (kigo);
  • Use of a cut (sometimes indicated by a punctuation mark)     
         paralleling the Japanese use of kireji,
to implicitly contrast and compare two events, images, or situations.
    While the traditional Japanese haiku has focused on nature
    and the place of humans in it,
some modern haiku poets, both in Japan and the West, consider a broader
range of subject matter suitable, including urban contexts.

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Poetry Pantry - # 144


  1. Liked you description of the different divine spirits in the first set. As for the second I daren't even guess.

  2. ha. the eggs to omelets one made me smile...that last one as well is quite interesting, nice imagery and an intriguing thought...pretty cool capture of each personality in the first...i have gained a bit more appreciation of haiku this year...

  3. Nice capture of the essential aspects of each character, divine and otherwise :-)

  4. Akila, You've expressed the mythological figures in an amazing manner...loved this one :-)
    And of course, the Humpty Dumpty...awwii, he became omelet...?? hahaha:)))

  5. smiles...very cool...the first batman haiku i read ever...loved it

  6. Very, very clever! Love your takes on each. Poor Humpty.

  7. I do like the Indian epic tales ~

    And that last one about the omelet made me smile ~

    Happy Sunday ~

  8. I especially like the Shakti haiku. Well done, kiddo!!!!

  9. Very cool--I loved the Shakti haiku as well!

  10. I love tales of the Indian Gods and Goddesses...thanks for haiku. Had to smile at your take on the other fairy!

  11. very creative Akhila. Very well crafted too all the haiku! :)

  12. ...aww... i really like your Humpty Dumpty haiku Akila... and what fun all throughout reading your haiku offerings... just a li'l more polishing with the rules of Haiku and you'll have it down... anyway, i read yours as rather following a contemporary type of haikus than the classic one with 5-7-5 syllable count... great one... smiles... happy easter!

  13. I like the Indian mythological ones.Has inspired me to know more.Well done.


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