Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Haibun; The Kill List--By Angelee Deodhar--India

Haibun; The Kill List

Giraffes are gentle giants of savanahs and are preyed upon by lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs and now even wilder human beings.

As they killed the eighteen month old giraffe, Marius, Copenhagen zoo officials said euthanizing the animal was the last solution because his genes were not needed for breeding and no other accredited zoo in Europe was willing to take him...could no other zoo in the entire world take him? Why did they let Marius live for eighteen months...why didn’t they kill it at birth?

Like they do the girl child in India...

                                              this silence-
                                        your touch so different 
                                          after betraying another

(Previously published in bottlerockets in 2014)

Angelee Deodhar, is an eye surgeon turned haiku poet, translator, and artist from India.  She has translated six books of haiku from English to Hindi. She has no personal website or blog. "Hot on the heels of her 2014 release of a collection of poetic prose containing haiku, Deodhar celebrates having edited Journeys 2015, an Anthology of International Haibun, highlighting authors in 15 different countries." - David McMurray, Editor, Asahi Haikuist Network, Japan


  1. Dear Angelee,
    Thank you for this thoughtful, poignant, Haibun.

  2. Thank you Michael and thank you dear Karen for publishing this haibun.
    If we awaken ourselves to the plight of these innocent animals being mistreated and protest it will be a better world,love and light,angelee

  3. Really poignant ! Evokes the pain of a sad reality !

  4. thank you Arvinder dear love angelee

  5. Very poignant. Had loved this one even when I had read it first.

  6. A very powerful piece, thank you for sharing it.

  7. This is so sad and very moving. Excellent haibun.

  8. Great expressed point Angelee, Giraffes are gentle giants of savannahs and are preyed upon by lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs and now even "wilder" human beings. I never understood why so many humans believe they need to destroy any animal when they have an injury, or is no longer useful to them, so different than how they feel about life of mankind. You have good talents for speaking out