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17606Judaistic Haikus

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  • sandeep chatterjee
    Apr 1, 2011
      Haikus are short 2-4 lines verses, pointing to the immediacy of the profound truth in and as the perceived moment.

      They demand tremendous discipline of expression, arising in complete spontaneity, reflecting the totality of the moment as it is.

      Usually associated with Japanese Zen.

      However if there were Judaistic Haikus.....they may go something like....

      Beyond Valium,
      Peace is knowing one's child
      Is an internist.

      On Passover we
      Opened the door for Elijah
      Now our cat is gone.

      After the warm rain
      The sweet smell of camellias
      Did you wipe your feet?

      Testing the warm milk
      On her wrist, she sighs softly.
      But her son is forty.

      Like a bonsai tree,
      Is your terrible posture
      At my dinner table.

      Seven-foot Jews in
      The NBA slam-dunking!
      My alarm clock rings.


      Sorry I'm not home
      To take your call. At the tone
      Please state your bad news.

      Is one Nobel Prize
      So much to ask from a child
      After all I've done?

      Yenta. Shmeer. Gevalt.
      Shlemiel. Shlimazl. Meshuganah
      Oy! To be fluent!

      Hard to tell under the lights.
      White Yarmulke or
      Male-pattern baldness