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HAIKUsutradhar: 19th April 2024 Sankara Jayanth


Host: Gauri Dixit Prompter for April: Sankara Jayanth


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 Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited journals, anthologies, your webpage, social media, etc.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

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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19th April

How many of us live in urban jungles? How many of us are increasingly becoming discontent with this fact of us becoming, likely without our choice or control, increasingly detached from the natural world. In this age of technology, it is often an unsaid truth that perhaps we as a species have sort of lost it in terms of what it means to live a life in a world full of it. Far from our species coming together to save our own kind, we destroy everything in the path to our hollow goals as the dominant species on the planet. Given this state of human & world affairs, it is incredible how the haikai transform our lives, our perspectives on the natural world, our place in it and every existential dialogue that can fill the space within - all with a tenderness towards life. I try to capture these emotions, thoughts and observations in my artworks in the simplest way I can. I hope they can act as a starting point for you to explore your relationship with the natural world in the weeks to come and write haiku & senryu from your observations and explorations.


Week 3: a cat leaving a spring scene

Much like us humans, many animals display what can be loosely termed as having individual personalities, contrary to the usual way we lump the whole species as dogs, cats, cows, crows. Why does a cat chase a rat while another cat chases a dog? Why does one cow love head scratches while another cow loves back rubs? Why does your dog bark at the neighbor of 10 years but rolls over in joy when the paperboy appears? Why does your cat hate the new plant pot so much that it leaves a trail of petals behind when it goes out to do its business? All this to say, animals seem to have character. At least, something that resembles what we call character & personality within our own species.So there is much to observe and write about. 

This artwork tries to capture a light-hearted scene that I hope takes the viewer on a thinking trip into the domain of animal intelligence and emotion. Take the essence of the artwork and explore your own ideas and experiences to write your poem, it need not be about the image or the subjects in it. 

A poem from the Japanese masters to inspire us all: 

the barrier guard

scolds him in passing...

lover cat

Kobayashi Issa

translated by David G. Lanoue


Looking forward to reading your haiku.

Write on! Gauri


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Surya Nes
Surya Nes
Apr 28

#1, 28-Apr-2024


famished penguins eyeing fishermen's tinned sardines

Surya Nes, Indonesia

feedback appreciated 😊

May 03
Replying to

The idea of penguins literally eyeing tins of sardines, as if they were in a supermarket, is perhaps more comical than you intend.


#2 – April 25, 2024

his mane thickening

with summer heat

listless zoo lion

Barrie Levine, USA

(feedback appreciated)


##1 24/4/24

pleasing visitors...

natural jute twine

and a handful of bird seed

C.X. Turner, UK

(feedback welcome)

Replying to

Just enough - yes. I'm so glad you didn't explain it to me! :)


A new feature in 'learning' under 'vista'.... Lets have a LOOK!!

( already into its third week)

Apr 24
Replying to

Thanks, lakshmi.


Apr 24

#2, 24/4/24

granpa smiling

next to his parrot...

a new cuss word

~ Baisali Chatterjee Dutt

Kolkata, India

Feedback always welcome

Replying to


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