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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DEATH IS REAL




Hemingway's 'THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA' IS A CLASSIC. It is a 'magnum opus' of stark realism. He is one of my favorite novelists! I love the truth behind the words, in this quote!



'D' IS FOR 'DEATH'


Another Wednesday, another letter and a new adventure. 


Here is my first attempt at writing  'Haiku' a Japanese form of poetry comprising three lines of 5 7 5 syllables.






          Death


Death’s dark shadows grip,  

Life’s calendar crossed each day,

Well, laugh it away. 

...........

PS. I've always admired John Donne's poetic perspective on death. Here, I'm reproducing it for your perusal: 

Holy Sonnets: Death, be not proud

By John Donne
Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.



Friends,welcome here as always! 

Linking to:
ABC Wednesday,Wordless Wednesday

14 comments:

  1. awesome Uppalji... and congratulations on the Haiku... its really nice :-)

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  2. Wow! I am surprised at this take on 'D'.
    Great poem to read and reread.
    Happy ABCW!

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  3. Beautiful haiku and a very practical take on death.

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  4. Wonderful Haiku having in depth meaning.

    Cheers,

    Sriram & Krithiga

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  5. What a positive and deep haiku as a first one Uppal ji ! Congrats :) :)

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  6. I like, particularly, the play on John Donne's verse, quite poignant,
    the Hemingway prose is touching too !
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  7. Hari OM
    I too am fond of Donne - good post! YAM xx

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  8. I like your thoughts on death in your haiku, which I interpreted as just rejoicing in each day we have. In a way I see it similar to Hemingway's philosophy, which I interpreted as making each day count. Blessings!

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  9. great first haiku - true enough!

    ROG, ABCW

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