February 1, 2009

One Single Impression: Slowly

One Single Impression is a community of poets writing and sharing Haiku and other poetic forms.

Slowly is the prompt provided for this week by One Single Impression. My Haiku here is inspired by this photograph that I shot in Pattaya, Thailand.

Joy is within reach
As sand fills gaps between toes
Slowly, steadily

Also life's slow pace
Joyously embrace time's beat
Grasp or hasten, not

Eternal feeling
On this slow and drawling day
As soothing waves lap

With a tranquil heart
Slowly watch the light fade dim
Cool breeze softly blows

Giggling children glide
Slowly into the waters
Wet their tiny feet

With much love and care
From slow swaying canopy
Their mom keeps a watch

Slowly tree did wilt
Then shed its leaves, and life too
Ends up as dead trunk

Sun descends slowly
Radiating gold on waves
Spreads beauty around

Time, tide waits for none
Slowly, surely the sun sets
Another day ends.


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WillThink4Wine said...

These were lovely. The photo is surreal to me as I rarely see an uncrowded beach anymore. I especially enjoyed the last, slowly setting sun.

SandyCarlson said...

Grasp or hasten not tells me to enjoy this moment in gratitude and relax. What I needed to hear.

indicaspecies said...


Thank you and I am glad you enjoyed it.

indicaspecies said...


I must be content from within to have voiced out that.

KiteHorse said...

your special photo could prompt a haiku for every 3 by 3 grouping of pixels

that gibbous smeary sun looks like a newly borning star

and the lightning bolt of wasted tree played off against the man made trees

filled with vicariousness

GMG said...

Hi Celine! So, three new posts and no news elsewhere... ;))
Lovely poem!!
Interesting monastery (another month in vacations... I thought you were dealing with exams... ;))
Well, Congrats! All's well that ends well!
Long time no see you at Blogtrotter! New Delhi waits your comments… ;)
Have a great week!

Vamsee said...

Beautiful picture and an equally beautiful poem.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and so relaxing.

Deborah Godin said...

This was wonderful, from the first syllablel to the last. Lovely photo as well.

alok said...

Lovely picture & and so beautiful words. Well done!

Pam said...

What a lovely procession that seems to rock back and forth in rhythm. I love the image of the sand gathering slowly between the toes!

Maggie said...

This is such a peaceful visual that it is sure to lower one`s blood pressure...I enjoyed the serenity.

Amias said...

Nine links in this haiku chain, saying some wonderful things ... but just thinking about the sand between my toes .. ouch!

floreta said...

love the progression of this piece.

Saibal Barman said...

Superb ! Slowly it floats upon the wings of a homebound gull...the last rays of departing sun gently hide its warmth within toils of its day-long flight....
You are always brilliant in poetic composition...I just wish it comes more often on your page..
Take care, Celine !

Tumblewords: said...


zoya gautam said...

..thank u for exploring the beauty
contained in the adverb 'slowly' from so many different angles..

Anonymous said...

its true that sometimes slowing down helps get back to the important things in life...GREAT STUFF!!!

Haiku Tuna said...

Pattaya!! 40 year old thoughts of slow childhood days. Thanks for the memories!

Regina Marie said...

This photo evokes a drifting kind of feeling.."cool breeze & radiating gold waves", nice-

bendtherulz said...

the image says it all. Very tranquil and time definitely looks as if it has slowed down....!!

Good to see you are done with your exams and coming out of that phase :)

Tk care ~~

spacedlaw said...

I like the ineluctability of all things in there.

Indrani said...

Beautiful lines, Celine! and a lovely photograph too.

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for your visit and encouraging words. I like your reference to the tree and man made trees.

indicaspecies said...


Thanks. I'm done with my exams and happily blogging again. That picture of the monastery in my previous post was of my December trip to India, and I did mention it in the post. I've checked out your posts on Delhi and they are lovely.;)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you!

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for dropping by and your kind words.

indicaspecies said...


Thank you very much for your encouragement.

indicaspecies said...


Thanks a lot!

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for your visit and compliments that made me smile.;)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for the compliment. I am delighted to know you enjoyed this.

indicaspecies said...


Thank you. Do try the feel of sand between toes..it's a lovely feeling.;)

indicaspecies said...


Glad you love it.

indicaspecies said...


Thanks for your poetic comment.:)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you.:)

indicaspecies said...

Zoya Gautum,

Thank you for dropping by and leaving behind such nice words.

indicaspecies said...


Hey, thanks a lot.:)

indicaspecies said...

Haiku Tuna,

Loved your dessert, thank you for dropping by.;)

indicaspecies said...


Welcome and thank you.:)

indicaspecies said...


Hey, thanks. I'm glad it's all behind me now.;)

indicaspecies said...


That's a compliment, thank you.:)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you.:)

Lakshmi said...

the pic is quite enchanting and I like the lines

Beth P. said...

Wonderful grouping of haiku, as a friend of mine was fond of saying, 'that's a lovely bunch of coconuts'.

And that picture...um!!

Thanks for all the sweetness of this post!

Mandy said...

Giggling children glide
Slowly into the waters
Wet their tiny feet

is my favourite of these, being the nearest to what I would term "haiku" and not just a 17-syllable poem which for me is a shadow of the genre, but please don't take this remark as deep criticism. I like your photographs and though I'd prefer a more minimal wordage to the poems, I still appreciate them.

indicaspecies said...


Thank you.:)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you very much for your encouraging words.

indicaspecies said...


I compose contemporary Haiku, with or without the kireji and kigo.

Furthermore, I've just recently begun Haiku writing and would love to learn more. So feel free to be my critic and I hope that will help me improve my skill.