Om Namah Shivaya

Om Namah Shivaya

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Jun 20, 2011

WHISPERS: Lost In Emptiness...

Some of my latest Haiku first and then a verse about emptiness....

(Haiku is Japanese iconic style of poetry. Basho - acknowledged as the supreme master of Haiku, said to his Zen Teacher “Haiku are description of what is happening at a particular ‘haiku moment’. Creating vivid images, each haiku paints a unique and dramatic scene that expresses emotions and some times, a philosophical thought to be contemplated upon, from the natural or social world. Basho also emphasized sincerity and seriousness – the poetic truth of words, pointing to higher reality... to read more about Haiku please click here... )

I saw you
Night of ocean; rising
And then falling apart; at dawn

I was searching for
Deathless living; not knowing
It’s through doors of death

The path, snaked away
From me
I realised the futility of my dreams

'Go, wash your Bowl'
Live, moment to moment in living
Stop the life passing by


Entangled, entwined and merged
In the crashing waves, ocean scent
Sea waves
Thinking, playing, sifting sun and sand
Like the back of my hand
Against the darkness
That was a sunset
I sieve the destiny off my inner self
Trying to find, where I am going
In which part of cosmic design
And reality dawns; the whole life
Is nothing but just a preparation for dying

Extricating my self
From the foams, that froth at the listless beach
I got up and walked, leaving footprints
To fend for themselves; all along the sea
Looking for the emptiness
Wondering if it was also looking for me
Life in living is more of driftwood
Than a flowering tree;
Knowing no roots;
Belonging no one;
Just me
Lost in the empty space

As memories lose their meaning
In becoming words, that turns
My pain into poetic shell
A darkness to hide within
Where windows do open
To another darkness
Of knowing nothing else.
Don't ask
Have nothing to say
Know nothing
Said nothing

Where you come from?
Where you are going?
Stay - Live - and be the Dead

I know, strand by strand,
Peeled my soul off memories
Just flying naked in unknown winds of time
With broken wings
Pain slowly flowered into
A screaming need
Of knowing myself;
Less, what’s full of your emptiness

My words – too inadequate
To express the reality
Of souls
Tearing apart
Your eyes said
What my heart
Did not want to hear
Before it heard; the footsteps
Of going away

“Loving you
Has been an enlightenment
In making
Losing you
The enlightenment,
I was dying for”
नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
Submitted to Poetry Potluck and One Stop Poetry WK 51. Click on the names to read some great poets and submit your own.

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  1. wonderful...I relate to your words.

  2. You are such a wonderful poet, your words simply took me away.

  3. the imagery is breathe taking.

    unbeatable Haikus.

    Glad to see you share.
    Happy Father's Day.

  4. I always enjoy your writing Shashi! beautifully expressed!
    thank you

  5. "Which part of cosmic design"...that is a line that really goes many answers...a kaleidascope, it seems..thank you ...

  6. I love the imagery and there were so many stunning lines. Deep

  7. Wonderful...especially the 2nd haiku

  8. Yes many stunning lines. "Footprints left to fend for themselves"...EXCELLENT. "just me, lost in space".. I know so many have felt like that (me included. I enjoyed your work. Your heart seems to have broken, but your spirit soars.

  9. Your 1st and 3rd haiku really stood out for me. But, everything was lovely. The footprints part stuck with me, too. A futile effort to remain against a powerful ocean. It's been awhile since I've been this way. Nice to see you again :)

  10. Pain slowly flowered into
    A screaming need
    Of knowing myself -- this to me represents a sign of growth. Pain, for many, is something to subjugate rather than an agent to a path of enlightenment.

    Also loved the 2nd haiku.

  11. All very well done, but I am partial to #1...
    great verses..

  12. hey shashi...very nice...the haiku that starts go wash your bowl, my fav...these are really goo man...happy one shot

  13. another wonderful write Shashi ~ 'Live, moment to moment in living
    Stop the life passing by' ~
    what a great line ~ and a really interesting blog ~ love your share of travels ~
    up to now I have not been able to leave a comment I hope today is good for that and to follow your blog ~ as I did want to let you know Shashi ~ all good wishes ~ Lib ~ Namaste

  14. The haiku. all, but especially the first, are truly good, Shasi, but your long poem is a journey into dark places, wrestling with the dark in oneself and the Other, and making peace with pain, that can't help but overshadow them. Been too long since I stopped by to read your unique and beautiful words.

  15. my fav haiku was the first one this week...really touching

  16. Oh magnificent, each photo and poem shines...and so do you! Namaste!

  17. Like the very end with enlightenment found, great writes.

  18. The last stanza is simply beyond words,'s beautiful!! And so so very meaningful!

    We seek love in order to seek meaning.. and yet, when we lose that love, that's when we seem to have attained some sort higher stature in life...
    I suppose gain and loss are parts we simply have to accept with the same grace...

    And your poem seemed to convey that aspect really well, my friend...

  19. Shashi, I always enjoy your images.

  20. I sieve the destiny off my inner self
    Trying to find, where I am going
    In which part of cosmic design
    And reality dawns; the whole life
    Is nothing but just a preparation for dying"

    wow so very raw. hurting soul.

  21. Beautiful words. I love it all !

  22. Well done as usual, Shashi! Thank you!

    You are featured here today:

    Look forward to receiving your interview piece in time to post for next Sunday, July 3. Thank you! Good luck with your new ventures. Look forward to and thank you for your JP involvement.


  23. Have a smooth trip.

    Happy Sunday.

  24. glad your an official! so cool.
    good luck! :)

  25. Hi,Shashi

    I sent you your interview as immediately upon receiving your note regarding your trip. I guess it wasn't on time.

    I hope you will still forward it so that Aynsely can post in next week. I think that would be nice, don't you?

    Anyway, I still mentioned you again in today's Dispatch.

    Best wishes,

  26. I like that first haiku best of all, but they are all amazing.

  27. Respected Sir,

    Can I publish your above poem and Haiku in my magazine Kindly do reply after going through the magazine. I didn't get your mail id so requested for your poem here in comment box. Apologizing.

    Kind Regards


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