Monday, 28 February 2011

Spots

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

28/02/2011

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

Patterns

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

11/02/2011

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

Happiness

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

Monday, 7 February 2011

Hangover

Vast alcohol
entering the bloodstreams;
Awaiting the hangover


Thanks Paul for the invite!!

Late

Rain pouring down
Battling against the seconds
The student runs

Friday, 4 February 2011

Thirst

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

04/02/2011