Neither more nor less.
Learning, reading at this pace.
Once in a while, rest.
After reading twenty four books in 2021, and completing the reading target I had set for myself, I’ve realised that I could skim a lot of time for myself. Considering the long list of things that I (rather we) must do, along with office work, it is a big achievement. I haven’t still surpassed my last-year’s record, where I had read 29 books. But, now that I have some time, I wish to complete one more book. Here’s what I have learnt about myself:
- Reading a lot and reading and contemplating are two different things.
- So long as you write, you can give your reading some rest — assuming you have other equally daunting tasks/responsibilities.
- Take out time to enjoy. Slow down once in a while. Rest. It is important for us to have peace of mind, not pieces of mind.
This micrpoetry is another impromptu creation that happened to me in less than a minute. God knows how, even the syllables are in the order of 5-7-5, placed suitably for a Haiku. Maybe I’ve hit a rhythm. Big word — rhythm. But, that’s a topic for some other time.
Right now, I wish to slow down a little.
Waves of sorrow
Smother me. I still stand ashore
Solid, as a rock.
© Suyog Ketkar
Not what’s won but also lost.
That’s, the untold story.
© Suyog Ketkar
Time flies, I would say.
Cuddles, and not Calls today;
My Princess comes back.
© Suyog Ketkar
In only 2015—quite recently, I know—I learned about Haikus. But, it took me three more years to begin to understand Haiku and the other forms of micropoetry. You might have read some of my recent experiments with writing micropoetry—like this and that.
So, this post is about the insights that micropoetry shares with technical communication:
- Sometimes, a lot of solitary moments teach you more than an experience that lasts for a length of time. Micropoetry is one such experience of wisdom that lies within a moment. It is either result- or experience-oriented because each word or line carries an action or empathy.
- This one matches the Pyramid Approach in technical communication. We communicate the most important information first; everything else Similar goes for micropoetry, just that there is no “everything else” in this case.
- Words count; count the words. Usually, the lesser the better. Simple.
- Words weigh based on their definition. Word also weigh based on the intention with which we apply them within a sentence. The latter is the reason people perceive the same word differently in different situations. So, for the sake of the composition, we must keep the right word in the right place.
- Stories move us. Stories empower us. Stories educate us. All three apply to micropoetry and to technical communication alike.
What are your thoughts? As always, I am curious.
What you have left folded
Within the wrinkles of life,
Becomes evident only when
I realize that you gave
More than what I ever gained.
As I prepare myself for
Another serve of humility,
I realize the distinction between
Medicine and food for thought
Is blurred in real life.
Gogyohka, pronounced GO-GEE-YO-KUH, is a Japenese form of five-line micropoetry that—unlike Haiku or Senryu—doesn’t rest on the principle of the number of syllables. It relies on your power of speaking directly.
Lullabies flew like water from eyes.
Cries were for the Ward,
Not for toys.
Senryū is a form of micropoetry that contains 17 or lesser syllables spread across not more than three lines. Although this attempt isn’t driven by humor, Senryu mostly is used to describe the human aspect on a lighter note.