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Apranihita: Haibun by Angelee Deodahr

16 May 2017, Posted by admin in Fiction

Art Credit: “Sydney, June 2016” by Rizwan Ali


I travel to the ashram to visit with those teachers and friends whose voices or silences leave me refreshed. As we walk down to the river for sun worship, some talk about their lives and loves, others about their work and families. I walk along in their clogs, moccasins, boots, shoes or sandals, but within I’m an aimless barefoot nobody just collecting brown edged leaves which glow gold and copper within or stones which when under water reflect the sky . . .

Priority package –
last year’s seed catalogue
still unopened



1)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aimlessness_(Buddhism) Apraihita (Aimlessness or uncommittedness or “wishlessness”) is a form of concentration associated with the teachings of Thích Nhất Hạnh, The term apraihita literally means ‘to place nothing in front’ and is used to designate someone who has no aims for the future and no desire for the objects of perception.

2) First published in Contemporary Haibun Online Vol. 12 no. 2 (July 2016).


About the author:

Dr. Ms Angelee Deodhar, an eye surgeon by profession, a haiku poet, translator, and artist lives and works in Chandigarh, India. Her haiku, haibun and haiga have been published internationally in various books and journals, and her work can be viewed online, too. To promote haiku in India, she translated six books of haiku from English to Hindi.

She is editor of the Journeys series (Journeys, Journeys 2015 and Journeys 2017). Journeys 2017, the third anthology of international haibun, has just been released on Amazon.

Journeys 2017 – https://www.amazon.com/Journeys-2017-Anthology-International-Haibun/dp/1541387031/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488914176&sr=8-1&keywords=angelee+deodhar

Journeys 2015 – https://www.amazon.com/Journeys-2015-Anthology-International-Haibun-ebook/dp/B015MZUYLW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1488914176&sr=8-2&keywords=angelee+deodhar

Art Credit: “Sydney, June 2016” by Rizwan Ali, American Photographer based in Belgium. Rizwan@RizwanOnMars.com  www.RizwanOnMars.com @rizwan.on.mars on IG


  • Arvinder kaur

    very beautiful ! to my mind it reflects a calm acceptance ! Much needed !

  • Rich Youmans

    A wonderful tribute to experiencing, accepting, and even reveling in “what is” — a beautiful last image in the prose, and the haiku captures well the futility of go-go ambition and acquisition. Well done, Angelee!

    • Angelee Deodhar

      Thank you so much Rich,am humbly grateful for your insightful remarks.Love and light,angelee

  • Penny Harter

    Just as the visit to the ashram will flower in the future…although the visitor has no desire for any particular blossoming, so, too, the unopened seed packet holds promise and mystery. Also, stones under water reflecting the sky, the brown -edged leaves glowing within are lovely images for the “aimless, barefoot nobody” just being.

    • Angelee Deodhar

      Dear Penny,Your response leaves me so happy to be understood.Thank you for taking the time to write,love and light,angelee

  • Raveesh Varma

    I am immediately fascinated by how the external is described by the different footwear, and the internal by “gold and copper” and “reflect the sky”. It makes one want to divorce the external in favor of the internal. Wonderful!


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