Heeding Haiku With HA: Be Inspired # 4

First of all, I would like to thank you all for your wishes on my birthday and also for your enthusiastic participation in the renga session. And I would like to thank Jules for her wonderful post where she listed down all the haiku shared in the comment section. What a beautiful gift from all of you! Please do visit the post and read all the haiku here.

This week, I present to you an art piece by one of Russia’s greatest avant-garde painters, Marc Chagall. It is titled, The Poet Reclining, and features a peaceful scene in which the artist is reclining in front of a country house.

The Poet Reclining by Marc Chagall

And this passage from a post made on this web link of Tate Liverpool explains the contradiction to that peaceful serenity:

The tranquillity of this scene is, however, laced with uncertainty and unease: Chagall paints himself with an ashen, near deathly pallor, and with his arms laid over his chest the resting body almost resembles a corpse. Social and political turmoil laps at the edges of this peaceful scene: the First World War was taking place on Russian soil and had shocked Chagall upon his return.

This week, I would like you to study the colors and meaning of this art piece and write a haiku or tanka or both, seeking inspiration from the artist’s work.

What to do next?

1. Publish a post with your haiku or tanka if you have a blog. If you haven’t got a blog, you can share them in the comments down below. In case you have published a post, you can submit its link in the linking widget.

2. After you have made the post, take some of your time and visit the links of other participants. This is how we learn and improvise. Return again at the end of the week if you have made your post during the weekdays because there would be new links to visit, which would help us all to make connections and develop the feeling of community and togetherness in our adventure every week. Even if you can’t take out the time to visit all the links, then visit at least the link shared before or after you and offer your feedback and develop comradeship with that person.

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