Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Editor's Choice Haiku

Vegetables Impact the Senses
John Daleiden's Choice "vegetable" Haiku  
Thirty-three poets from eleven countries have contributed one hundred-seventy-two Haiku to the July / August 31, 2012-43 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread. Biologically, a vegetable is an edible plant or part of a plant, usually excluding seeds and most sweet fruit. This typically means the leaf, stem, or root of a plant. However, a non-biological definition of a vegetable is largely based onculinary and cultural tradition. Therefore, the application of the word vegetable is somewhat arbitrary, based on cultural and/or personal views. In this Haiku Thread there are many seed crops and fruits in the botanical sense, that are used as vegetables.

One of the most important qualities of a vegetable is "freshness", a trait Pravat Padhy associates with his mother's "smiles" in a unique juxtaposition:

green vegetables
my mother smiles with
morning freshness

# 18. Pravat Kumar Padhy, India

Padhy's association of the images of "vegetables" and a "mother's smiles" suggests nurturing--an important role in the life of all developing flora on earth.

Publication Credit: Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern & Western Short Forms, Vol. 7, No.4, Issue 43, 2012

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