Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, March 8th 2017 a Persian poem

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Charlie

Chèvrefeuille, (back in March 2017), discovered the beauty of Persian poetry, and for that week he has challenged us to create a haiku inspired (or distilled) from a poem by Hafiz:


The Diamond Takes Shape
Some parrots
Have become so skilled with
The human voice
They could give a brilliant discourse
About freedom and God
And an unsighted man nearby might
Even begin applauding with
The thought:
I just heard jewels fall from a
Great saint’s mouth,
Though my Master used to say,
“The diamond takes shape slowly
With integrity’s great force,
And from
The profound courage to never relinquish love.”
Some parrots have become so skilled
With words,
The blind turn over their gold
And lives to caged
Feathers.
© Hafiz (14th century)
(From: The Gift, poetry by Hafiz. Tr. Daniel Ladinsky)

HAIKU

heed not told sparkles
diamonds need to be tested
or have provenance

un-sighted voices
Mark… Mark… many times… my name
found… a hair-lipped dog

diamond-shaped words
be aware… don’t take prizes
gifts unsolicited… free

thaaaazt thuh waaaay to duit
young… old… blind should recognise
Punch and Judy

shouting for my son
Kirk…you upstairs… replies… yes
Charlie the parrot

do talk to nature
nurturer… act on her replies
not if you are blind

clever birds parrots…
mimic sounds… don’t understand
to them words are song

in the wild parrots
mimics of repute… amazing
other bird alarms

calls to gain access
to ward off predators
true wild parrot skills

domesticated
parrots… no… clever birds
easy life for them

blind folk could be fooled
some parrots have learnt well… moral
don’t talk to strangers
~~~~~~~~~

© Mick E Talbot 2017/16

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, March 8th 2017, a Persian poem

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