You scan a few words
Thoughts and feelings rise and fall
Construct a whole world

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feelings.

Posted on February 2, 2013, in Poetry, Senryu, Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Really a deep one and I like the economical use of words.


    • I wanted to keep to the senryu form.

      The title was the hardest part. It was nearly called “Reader”.

      I was reading a book last night and my picture of the room in which the action was taking place was rudely shattered when the window was described in more detail … on the opposite side of the room!

      That set me reflecting on how easily we conjure up entire world in our minds from a few words on a printed page.


  2. It does fit in as senryu form. Only thing I read haiku’s aren’t suppose to have titles i’m not sure about senryu’s. Your words always build a whole world.


  3. Magic without wands
    A poet is a magician
    Casting spell with words.


  4. Brillant magika.


  5. This is true, what a few words can do. (Sometimes too much detail limits us… as you said, it can be “rudely shattering”. It’s why I stopped using photos with my poetry, except on occasion. Let the reader imagine.
    Also – have you ever read a beloved book and then later when they make a movie of it you find it totally disappointing? Most probably it’s not at all what you’ve pictured in your mind. Thought provoking as always, Ben!


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