Haiku# 5 on "find the silence" theme for Carpe diem Haiku kai's Winter retreat 2016. 

For my non-Indian friends to understand the haiku better, I would like to explain that here, in India, not all bodies are preserved after death. Most of the hindus dispose body through cremation. The belief is that the soul, which is the true representation of a person is detached from the physical form, on death and the body no more has any significance. Cremation is done by laying the body on a pile of wood and burning them to ashes.


Wood and man; ashes -
fumes rise high up in the sky
Minute of silence


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