HAIKUsutradhar: 19 October

Updated: Jan 16

haikuKATHA . monthly prompts

hosts: Madhuri Pillai, Shreya Narang & Vidya Venkatramani

month of october: Subir Ningthouja

love birds . a picture prompt

Due to the sudden increase in the activity, here are some quick guidelines:

1. Not more than 1 poem in 24 hours.

2. For each poem you share, please comment on 2 other poems which aren't yours!

3. Haibun - word limit: 300 words (a title is required when you post.)

4. For all the three points above we can't keep count, you need to!

5. Post only your unpublished poems.

Poems previously published on your personal webpage or social media will be accepted. Poems previously published in peer-reviewed or edited journals or anthologies as well as contest winners that were published elsewhere as such, will not be accepted.

6. IMPORTANT: if any member provides a feedback on the poem in the comment section, it is the poet's duty to decide on the final version and post it on top of the original version. Or else the original non-edited version on your thread will be picked up by us.

On your comment thread you need to post your revised final version (if you have one!)

edited version Your final version of the poem goes first, so it will be easy for our team to consider that for haikuKATHA journal. **

original version Your first version of the poem remains - under your final version. The way it is have shown here. **

Courtship behaviour of birds has always fascinated ornithologists and enchanted the nature lovers and poets. Bird courtship varies from preening to wild dancing or just sitting next to each other.

In fact, it was while watching the courtship of a pair of love-birds, that Sage Valmiki was inspired to write the epic Sanskrit poem, the Ramayana. When a hunter kills one of the birds he was watching, the pitiful cry of the dead bird’s mate moves him profoundly. His sorrow and anger pour out in a shloka, the first in Sanskrit literature. Using the meter of this shloka, he composed the rest of Ramayana, the world’s first poetic stanza.

Valmiki-Jayanti is celebrated on October 20th, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Valmiki.

When ‘love is in the air’, a haiku is sure to follow....

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