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The Shadows of Love

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Ravi Shankar Rajan is a software program director who writes on varied subjects from history, archaeology to leadership and poetry.

The Background

Some time back, I was chatting with my friend over trivial topics when the conversation veered towards love. That was when my friend, a seasoned veteran in all matters concerning the heart made a profound statement

"Love in its simplest form is just a game of light and shadows.Sometimes the light wins and sometimes the shadows overwhelm the brighness.A person who understands this philosophy would never be heartbroken in love."

These haikus are a culmination of that interesting conversation. Needless to say, they are all inspired by dear Hubber Brenda Arledge's week-22 prompt "Shadow"

The Shadows of Love

She caught my shadow,
looking discreetly at her.
Is something brewing?.

Love at first sight,
coming close to a lantern.
Shadows play hide’n’seek.

Shadowy rendezvous,
a mosquito disturbs us.
Swatted savagely.

One umbrella, two shadows,
the person more in love doesn’t
mind the burning sun.

The seven heavens know,
earth knows, every shadow knows.
Still, parents don’t know.

Only my shadow
remains on the moon swept bridge
waiting for her.

© 2021 Ravi Rajan

Comments

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 25, 2021:

Thanks Vidya

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 25, 2021:

That I agree.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 25, 2021:

A good response to Brenda's word prompt, Ravi. I enjoyed reading the haikus . Thanks for sharing.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 24, 2021:

Thanks Peggy for your comments

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2021:

Yours is a beautiful response to Brenda's word prompt. I enjoyed reading it.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 24, 2021:

Thanks John

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 24, 2021:

Great work Ravi. Wonderful haiku on love and shadows.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 24, 2021:

Ravi Rajah, you're welcome.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 24, 2021:

Thanks Manatita

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 24, 2021:

Thanks Sankhajit

manatita44 from london on July 23, 2021:

A noble effort. I like your friends take on love. A bit like saying that pleasure is transitory or that all is Maya. Yet the Love of God endures forever.

It's no secret that I prefer the traditional Japanese Haiku with 17 syllables of 3 lines 5, 7, 5. They tend to reference a season or nature and animals within the piece.

'Dawn peeps through grey skies

Black shadows craddle my thoughts

A crow shrieks above.' - Manatita

Jai Ram!

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on July 23, 2021:

superb response

well done

keep up

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 23, 2021:

Thanks Chitrangada

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 23, 2021:

Nice response to the word prompt, shadows.

Your friend’s statement is interesting indeed.

I loved all the haikus, with special reference to, ‘The seven heavens know- - - parents don’t know.’

Thank you for sharing this excellent post.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 23, 2021:

Thanks for your comments Miebakagh

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 23, 2021:

Ravi Raja, the truth is that love no matter how it flows is only understand by cute little innocent babes. We mature adults have little insight into it. Thanks for sharing a little love-shadow poem.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on July 23, 2021:

Thanks, Brenda for your comments.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 23, 2021:

Ravi

You start this out with quite an interesting quote.

It sounds like you had one inspiring conversation.

In "The Shadows of Love" you have written some very good Haikus.

My favorite is:

One umbrella, two shadows,

the person more in love doesn’t

mind the burning sun.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

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