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HAIKUsutradhar: 10th May 2024 C.X. Turner


Host: Gauri Dixit Prompter for May: C.X. Turner


1. To provide a new poetry workshop each Friday, along with a prompt.

2. To select haiku, senryu, and haiga each month for the journal, haikuKATHA. Each issue will select poems that were posted in this forum from the 3rd of the previous month to the 2nd of the current month.


1. Post a maximum of two verses per week, from Friday to Friday, numbered 1 & 2. Post only one haiku in a day, in 24 hours.

2. Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited journals, anthologies, your webpage, social media, etc.

3. Only post original verses.

4. For each poem you post, comment on one other person’s poem.

5. Give feedback only to those poets who have requested it.

6. Do not post a variety of drafts, along with a request for readers to choose which they like most. Only one poem is to appear in each original post.

7. Post each revision, if you have any, above the original. The top version will be your submission to haikuKATHA. Do not delete the original post.

8. Do not submit found poetry or split sequences.

9. Do not post photos, except for haiga.

10. haikuKATHA will only consider haiga that showcase original artwork or photos. Post details re: the source of the visual image. If you team up with an artist or photographer, make sure that it’s their original work and that they are not restricted by other publications to share it. We won't be responsible for any copyright issues.

11. Put your name, followed by your country, below each poem, even after revisions.

Poems that do not follow the guidelines may be deleted.

Founder/Managing Editor of haikuKATHA Monthly Journal: Kala Ramesh

Associate Editors: Ashish Narain Firdaus Parvez Priti Aisola Sanjuktaa Asopa Shalini Pattabiraman Suraja Menon Roychowdhury Vandana Parashar Vidya Shankar

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Let's CELEBRATE!!! Poems from haikuKATHA in Touchstone Awards 2024!

Shortlist - TOUCHSTONE AWARDS 2024

spring cleaning

we sweep a war

under the rug

     — Marilyn Ashbaugh, haikuKATHA, Issue 16, Feb 2023


idle schoolgirl

a drizzle plucking

p u dd l e s

     —Anju KishorehaikuKATHA, Issue 21, July 2023


betel leaf vine —

a farmer chews the tip

of her folksong

     —Daipayan Nair, haikuKATHA, Issue 22, August 2023

spring cleaning

we sweep a war

under the rug

     — Marilyn Ashbaugh, haikuKATHA, Issue 16, Feb 2023

You guys rock!

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Our poets in RED MOON ANTHOLOGY 2024:

       1) Susan Burch, vegetables, Issue 19 (haibun)

       2) Lorraine Haig, Tasmania . . . Issue 17 (haibun)

       3) Lakshmi Iyer,  autumn's . . . Issue 18 (haiku)

       4) Linda Papanicoloau, stamp . . . Issue 16 (haiku)

       5) Padma Rajeswari, ancestral . . . Issue 24  (haiku)

Hearty congratulations to all our poets.

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This month we focus on bringing colour into our haiku. From the soothing blue of a calm sea to the fiery red of a flame, colours breathe life into poetry. The use of colour in haiku can create a focal point, and enhance the visual imagery. Your reader can also react emotionally to the use of colour in haiku. Think about the colours we have around us in our homes, on the walls, the clothes we choose to wear, the colours we are drawn to, those we like and dislike. Different colours can represent different meanings and emotions, such as love, passion, anger, energy, optimism, happiness, growth, balance, trust, peace, spirituality, wisdom etcbut colour symbolism is always subjective. It can vary according to biological, cultural and personal factors. Contemplate what the different colours means to you, and how this relates to various associated emotions. Each week we will focus on a new set of colours to inspire and this doesn’t have to directly feature in your haiku, simply let it be a source of inspiration.

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Further reading:


An article on What Is Color in Poetry by Dorothea Lasky| Poetry Magazine


A chapter of “blue” haiku and senryu in Building Sandcastles, C.X. Turner and James Welsh (2023)


More examples in a presentation on The Use of Colour in Haiku, Patricia McGuire,



PROMPT 2 : yellow, green

10th May


Green inspires and vitalises us in all hues. It is often associated with calm, relaxation and nature. It has different meanings in different cultures, for example in Japan, the colour green is associated with eternal life, yet in Ireland, green is a symbol of patriotism. Yellow is a primary colour, being associated with the sun, and can represent happiness, optimism and warmth, but also duplicity, cowardice and betrayal. Yellow was one of the first colours used in art due the wide availability of yellow ochre pigment and Ancient Egyptians painted their gods in yellow. Think about what the colours yellow and/or green mean to you and let it inspire your haiku.




in the season of unlined robes

a light yellow

Matsuo Basho, translated by Jane Reichhold

green behind the ears my first yoga pose

Marisa Fazio, Haiku Dialogue 22.04.2020



Looking forward to a riot of colours.

Write on! Gauri


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#2 16/5/24

smelling pesticides …

my green tea not really


Sumitra Kumar


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16. Mai

#1, 16/5/24

crushed by her first crush

she cries into mum's sari...

green mangoes

~ Baisali Chatterjee Dutt

Kolkata, India

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#1. 16.5.24

baby’s bathtub—

the yellow duckling 

gurgles laughter

Neena Singh


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A cute image this is, dear Neena!

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(Feedback pls)

Debarati Sen,


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Feedback welcome

Revision- thanks Rupa!

budding oak

the many shades

of a suntan



the many shades of green

on a budding oak

Suraja Menon Roychowdhury, USA

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Just saw your suggestion Rupa- I like it a lot! Thank you :)

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