Friday, December 11, 2009

ditched umbrella

raindrops blending
with her tears 














25 comments:

Devika said...

Raises many questions at this point in time...its as if nature is against her....anyway, I like the way you did this, Carlos :)

wishes,
devika

fourwindshaiga said...

All in all, not a great time, but it sure makes a neat poem.

Carlos Gesmundo said...

Hi Devika. As I watched this scene from a coffee shop's window, it looked to me like nature provided her a means to hide the fact that she was crying. That she had a broken umbrella was in fact fortuitous.

Carlos Gesmundo said...

fourwindshaiga/Sandy -- Yes, that wasn't a good time to get hurt/feel hurt. (Is there ever a good time for it?) Rain should be enjoyed. Thanks for visiting.

Devika said...

okay...in a way, yes....But when I said nature was against, I was imagining the umbrella broke as she stood in the rain and then "chasing" raindrops....seemed like all in all an ill-fated rain,

anyway, nice to have this note, Carlos :)

wishes,
devika

Devika said...

Okay, as you say...rain must always be a time to enjoy! I am of that opinion too :)

wishes,
devika

Carlos Gesmundo said...

Devika -- ... which is why I'm so fascinated by haiku. It can be read many ways. And I can see where you're coing from. Uncanny... but I sometimes re-read my old haiku and am struck at another way I could "read" it. :)

I appreciate how you take the time to "read" my stuff. I am honored.

By the way, could you please point me to a good book about Pablo Neruda? I am intrigued by his politics and how that shows in his works.

Warm wishes.

Devika said...

Yes, that it could be read in many ways is truly the appeal of haiku and poetry in general as well.....and as one of my Language teacher said, "You see only yourself in poetry" -- good or bad...and I think thats the way it is..and should be, for its right appreciation :)

But then its a secondary interest to know who/what exactly is the poet's view....our readings are guided by our understanding,


I have read Neruda mostly in Collected Volumes...I think thats the way his poems are published....In India we have it so..Not as single works:

Anyway, if you get them there, the major works I have come across are

Twenty Love Poem and a Song of Despair

Canto General --

Elemental Odes -- (Additions to it also -- including Ode to Walt Whitman -- i think its in the New Elemental Odes

The Captain's Verses

Residence on Earth
Third Residence -- (The most famous is "I Explain a few things'

World's End

Winter Garden

Fully Empowered

The Hands of Day

And there's his "Memoirs" -- which I have read only translated sections that came in a local magazine...even the collections..I am not sure how much of them I have read..as they are always selected volumes :)

wishes,
devika

Devika said...

Aah missed the point,

I think I can understand when you say You are intrigued by his politics and his poetry.....

But natural I think, Carlos because a poet with a political affiliation has a very difficult predicament when it comes to writing as a normal poet, who writes for his own soul...its quite natural for an neutral reader to be intrigued...no?

My belief has a reason -- I have friends who were strongly attached to Communist Party of India and who were ousted or marginalised for writing what their truth! :)

wishes,
devika

Pedro Jose Madrigal Reyes said...

Buena fotografías, es como la vida… al revés, absurda… Un saludo.

Carlos Gesmundo said...

Greetings, Pedro.

I agree -- la vida tiene sus momentos absurdos. Gracias por su visita.

Duna said...

lágrimas ,lluvia
ruedan las avenidas
redondas, romas

Un placer encontrar tu blog.
Me dejé llevar y te dejé un hayku.

Me quedo siguiéndote.

Besos.

Carlos Gesmundo said...

Devika -- Thanks for the list. I understand what you're saying. I have similar friends, which is why I wanted to know more about P. Neruda and his own experience.

Carlos Gesmundo said...

Duna -- I think we all remember a place where we shed tears because we were sad or even happy. Thanks for the lovely haiku.

Besos.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I love the power and emotion of this one, Carlos! Wow.

I think maybe you SHOULD teach again. You have so much talent and perspective to offer others.

Magyar said...

Fine work here, Carlos!

__Astrud Gilberto / Stan Getz?

'and when she passes, each one she passes says.... aaahh.' One of my most favored songs of the sixties!

Cassiopeia Rises said...

This one I really like. It's so sad and yet lovely.


love, Melanie

Carlos Gesmundo said...

Thank you, Shannon.

Carlos Gesmundo said...

Thanks, Magyar. Yes -- Astrud of "The Girl From Ipanema". Remains one of my favorites.
:)

Carlos Gesmundo said...

Thank you, Melanie.

Besos.

Beth P. said...

rain on our faces is cleansing and somehow can release so much pent up stuff...

that's my take on it...she released the umbrella to live a different life, so that she could step more fully into her own.

thank you!

Carlos Gesmundo said...

Hi Beth. I like that you see a positive angle. Life does present a number of options, sometimes we just don't see at once what will work best for us.

if said...

well.......I can imagine a lot...!

Carlos Gesmundo said...

Sandra -- :) Thanks for your visit.

Felicitas said...

Beautiful and poignant. You've painted such a picture in so few words.