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

About Ben Naga

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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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