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Haiku 1                                                                                 Haiku 1



On a hunting spree,

Slimy tongue, tenacious grip,

Feasting on insects!


Haiku 2                                                                                         Haiku 2



Nature’s chosen green

amphibian, fated for

classroom dissection.

Sangeeta Mishra

Haiku is a Japanese poem traditionally comprising of seventeen syllables, in three lines of ‘five’, ‘seven’, and ‘five’, which evokes natural images.

Shared with Haiku Horizons: Prompt 135- ‘frog’

  • Ah….poor frog…..and one more Sangeeta – the frog prince…..:)

    • Oh yes Sunaina! The frog prince! How could I forget that. Well, thanks for reminding me. 🙂 <3

  • So nice 🙂

  • Indrani

    What a contrast! Very well said with pics and words.

    • Thank you so much Indrani. 🙂 Glad that you liked them . 🙂

  • Diverse yet rich pair of Haiku, wonderfully penned

  • Anjali Sengar

    Both haiku are awesome..

  • Durga Prasad Dash

    No doubt, frog was a favorite topic for the haikus of zen masters

    • Oh really! Thanks for letting me know. Glad you read it. 🙂

      • Rakesh Pandey

        Frog is respected in Japanese philosophy. For it’s brooding nature. There is a stance in zazen, which resembles a frog.

        • Thank you so much Rakeshji. The little I know about Japanese philosophy and culture is all because of reading your well-researched stories.

  • Rakesh Pandey

    I’m always scared of frogs, cockroaches, lizards, spiders…, except snakes, whom I love. I live in a ground floor house, which is near a jungle and river, so during monsoon, all kind of frogs consider my home their own. And, my daughter loves to catch them and scare me.

    When I read the first haiku, the revulsion kicked in, especially after seeing the little buddy feasting on that tasty looking insect, but the second part evoked the sympathy, reminding me of the Rana Tigrina in the petridish during my bio sessions!

    Never imagined that someone can write haiku on frogs! 😀

    • Even I hate amphibians and reptiles. You are a daring person surely, or else I’ve seen people hitting a snake at it’s very first glance. Frogs and snakes do come to our garden too during monsoons, but we stop going downstairs in the night out of fear. 🙂
      Thanks a lot Rakeshji for reading and giving your valuable comment. Always special when comes from you!

      • Rakesh Pandey

        Kyu! They are scared of a monster! Us! Kyu maarte hain? 🙁

        They are the loveliest creation of God! Lucifer was a snake. Shiva loved them! I’m a perfectionist. Jab chaha unko, then I learned about them. I’m one of the registered snake catchers in Panvel. I really love those beauties!

        Frogs! Now here you have something I hate! Lekin, unko maar to nahi sakte na? May be, some day I’ll love these beasties! My daughter is crazy about them and mantis.

        • Yes, you are right! Even I wonder why people kill them, be it snakes or frogs or any other. I’m scared of them, but killing? No ways! They are harmless creatures and all I do is– I simply avoid them.
          So you are a snake catcher too? Zehrile snakes bhi pakadte hain aap? I’m amazed and scared too… 🙂

          • Rakesh Pandey

            Zahreele zyada nahi pakde. Wo actually milte hi bahut kam hain. Most of the specie is non poisonous. It’s just a matter of timing and precision. Snakes are very quick. Quicker than us sluggish humans. 😀 Also, they are afraid of their lives and may bite us in simple desperation. So, we need to be very alert.

          • Oh! This is a whole new information for me. I’ve seen snake-charmers holding them fearlessly and heard that they do such tricks only with non poisonous ones. But you are really dauntless in this art. A master story teller, flautist, boxer, a snake catcher and what not! I’m amazed! 🙂

          • Rakesh Pandey

            Oh, thank you, lady! 🙂

            Snakes are basically very shy and not at all dangerous, unless panicked. So very unlike us civilized human being, who are born dangerous. It’s easier to handle a poisonous snake than us. 😀

          • Now I can proudly say that I know at least something about snakes too. Thank you Rakeshji. 🙂

  • Purba Chakraborty

    Wow! A great pair of haiku. I especially loved the 2nd haiku. I had zoology in my and we had to dissect frog, fish, snail and cockroach. I used to always feel so sad when I had to run my scalpel over the creatures. That was the time I understood science is not my cup of tea.

    • Thank you so much Purba. Yes, it’s so disheartening seeing creatures die like that. But we can’t help it as sometimes the process to progress hurt humanity.
      Glad that you liked the 2nd one which reminded you of your classes. 🙂 <3

  • Saru

    Ah, the agony in the second part.
    Harsh reality captured in beautiful words.

    • Thank you so much Saru. Glad that you find it worth mention. 🙂 <3

  • Great pair of haiku on frog… 😀 logical…

    • Thank you so much Maniparna. Glad that you liked them. 🙂 <3