HAIKUsutradhar : 11th March 2022

HAIKUsutradhar . weekly prompts

A FRIDAY FEATURE

hosts: Akila G. & Shreya Narang

month of march: Alice Wanderer


Textual Prompt . Prism




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haikuKATHA - the monthly journal from Triveni Haikai India!

founder/managing editor: Kala Ramesh

associate editors:

Ashish Narain

Firdaus Parvez

Madhuri Pillai

K. Ramesh

Shalini Pattabiraman

Shobhana Kumar


Haiku, senryu and haiga/shahai (photo haiku) posted here on this thread will be picked up for Triveni Haikai India's monthly journal - haikuKATHA. At the moment we are not looking at found poetry. ..................................................................................................... For some more exciting news! CHECK THESE LINKS ... Tanka, kyoka and tanka-prose to be posted on TANKA TAKE HOME and Haibun to be posted on THE HAIBUN GALLERY It will help you tremendously if you learn to comment on 'triveni spotlight' 'open sky :: SAMVAAD' and 'thinkALONG' Such good poems are posted. ........................................................................................................ The poems you post will also be considered for the haikuKATHA Monthly Journal from December 2021 onwards! Due to to the sudden increase in the activity, here are some quick guidelines, for all the three groups:

1. TWO poems per day.

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

3. Post only your unpublished poems.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.


4. IMPORTANT: if any member provides 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 unedited 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 the haikuKATHA journal.

Original version: Your first version of the poem remains - under your final version. The way it is shown here.


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The Prompt


Please make your own associations with the word ‘prism’ and write a haiku. Alternatively,

use any word or phrase here and incorporate it in a haiku.  Or if you prefer, take one of

these sentences as the prose part of a haibun and write the accompanying haiku.


Newton used triangular prisms to break a ray of sunshine into its rainbow colors and then

recombine them to produce white light. His Year of Wonders came courtesy of the Great

Plague. Not long after, it was found that when lead is added to glass, prisms that sparkled

and flashed could be relatively cheaply produced. Chandeliers. What spots of ethereal

color, I wonder, played over the hands of the signatories to the Treaty of Versailles? Since

they bend light, prisms are used in guns and periscopes, cameras and binoculars. The

Fresnel lens, used in lighthouses, is an array of prisms that takes light from an ordinary

source and concentrates it to send a powerful beam across dark waves to the horizon.


Alice Wanderer

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