Monday, 28 February 2011


A thundering sound;
On the shutters
The hurried splatter of heavy drops


Monday, 21 February 2011

Enid Blyton

On the rooftop
Clear rainwater covers a torn page:
"Histoires de la lune bleue"

February 21, 2011

Friday, 11 February 2011


In the gutter,
Past the tiny waterfall,
Sun-rays are interweaving


Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Roland Barthes on the Cucumber

I was reading Roland Barthes' L'Empire des Signes in Roland Barthes, Oeuvres Completes (vol. 3, 1968-1971), when I came across this (original in French; the translation below, slightly edited, comes from the Internet):

At the Floating Market in Bangkok, each vendor sits in a tiny motionless canoe, selling minute quantities of food: seeds, a few eggs, bananas, coconuts, mangoes, pimentos...From himself to his merchandise, including his vessel, everything is small. Occidental food, heaped up, dignified, swollen to the majestic, linked to a certain operation of prestige, always tends toward the heavy, the grand, the abundant, the copious; the Oriental follows the converse movement, and tends toward the infinitesimal: the cucumber’s future is not its accumulation or its thickening, but its division, its tenuous dispersal, as this haiku puts it:

Cut cucumber;
Its juice runs
Drawing spider legs
(p. 362)

Quite interesting, as it sums up the whole ethos of haiku, its size, its suggestive power, and its contrast to Occidental, Western poetry and hence its contrasting outlook at life.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011


Putting some make up,
The rays met the skin
True Happiness!

Monday, 7 February 2011


Vast alcohol
entering the bloodstreams;
Awaiting the hangover

Thanks Paul for the invite!!


Rain pouring down
Battling against the seconds
The student runs

Friday, 4 February 2011


After the heavy rains,
The tree leaves
Are thirsting for more