Some Haikus & A Poem

-Vatsal Shah

These Haikus and Poem were published in the book “Memories & Mirages” which is an anthology of short stories and poems, in 2018 by Moments Publication. To read the book click the following link: https://issuu.com/vatsalbshah7/docs/memories___mirages_pdf_251217

Haikus

Haiku is a form of Japanese Poetry. It is a short piece of only 3 lines, written in 5-7-5 syllable format. It is meant to provoke thought and create an evocative image in the mind of the reader. Some of my Haikus break free from the 5-7-5 rule, as done by many contemporary poets.

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Endless lonely night,

Moon sleeping silently hidden,

Under cloud’s blanket.

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Why these discussions of…

Life’s Purpose? It’s conclusion,

You and I both know.

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Balloon at traffic signal,

Made two kids happy,

One who bought, one who sold!

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Indeed more painful,

Than distant ones’ hatred,

Near one’s jealously!

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Amongst all people,

Sure of themselves,

A ‘fool’ most confident!

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Muzzy Hare to Tortoise,

End of competition race,

‘Damn! Those sleeping pills.’

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“Sunday: a day which…

Sews up family life pieces,

Torn apart through work.”

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Living in Paradise on Earth,

We conspired to destroy it,

To get paradise after death!

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Government-file like,

Some romances, no progress,

Neither any closure.

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Sun shows through journey,

Most powerful He still, Life has…

Daily many ups and downs.

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When turns to drudgery,

Journey or relationship,

Leave at scenic bend…

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When you are grown up,

What do you want to be?” Ask all,

Grown up, I reply, “Child”!

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When going to sleep difficult,

They say you’re awake,

In someone’s dream.

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Rural swaying fields,

Sunset crimson horizon,

Both await starlit sky…

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When Brain on strike,

Tongue terribly busy,

Doing overtime.

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Your memories mist

So dense, even in mirror,

I can see only your face.

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Life is short,

So watchfully and carefully,

Move very slowly!!!

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There are No Pockets in a Shroud

Billionaire on deathbed,

Finally realized and was sad,

A thought in his mind  shouted loud,

There are no pockets in a shroud…

Years spent hoarding wealth,

Exploiting people with all stealth,

In vain all the feeling proud,

There are no pockets in a shroud…

No time spent with family and friends,

Busy being someone on whom world depends,

Though rank and position shout aloud,

There are no pockets in a shroud…

Cars, jewellery, cash in entirety,

Factories, offices and all property,

Will not shade your after path like a cloud,

There are no pockets in a shroud.

Naked we come and pauper we go,

The way of destiny is ironically so,

You can’t take it at all with you,

There are no pockets in a shroud…

Unspent money and heart’s desire,

Incomplete remains when you last respire,

When eyes close and head are bowed,

There are no pockets in a shroud…

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