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HAIKUsutradhar: 19th January 2024 Marilyn Ashbaugh


Host: Kala Ramesh Prompter for January: Marilyn Ashbaugh


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 Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited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

PROMPT: January 19th 2024

This month we will explore the elements of earth, wind, and water and how they weave through our haiku. 

Week 3: Water. 

Water takes many forms and shapes from a dew drop to an ocean. It can obscure with steam and fog or reveal with its power to cleanse.  Please share your haiku inspired by water. 

our bare feet

touch the lake

ripple by ripple

Karina M. Young

Through the Lupines

shore leave

the channel grows deeper

between us

J. Hahn Doleman 


For further study:

In Kala's book, beyond the horizon beyond, the haiku section is divided by elements: space, wind, fire, water and earth. The preface is a good resource for a deeper dive into the elements as they relate to the five senses.


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mona bedi
mona bedi
Jan 25



Feedback appreciated:)

Mona Bedi


mona bedi
mona bedi
Jan 26
Replying to

Thanks 😊


Ku2 # 25/01/24

running water

making furrows

her greasy cheeks

  • comments welcome


#2, 1.25.2024

melting glacier

a loophole

in the law

Susan Yavaniski

New York, USA

feedback welcome


Jan 25


Version 3. Many thanks to Shawn Blair.

my car stalls

in the flooded street

. . . a homeless man

Dipankar Dasgupta, India

Version 2. Many thanks to Jan Stretch.

homeless man

on a flooded street

my car stalls

Dipankar Dasgupta, India

Version 1

the homeless man

on a waterlogged street

stuck car owner

25 January, 2024 Dipankar Dasgupta, India (Feedback welcome)

Jan 25
Replying to

I decided to follow your suggestion. I agree that my version had a cause and effect flavour, which I didn’t intend. It made the haiku somewhat heavy. Thanks again.


#2 My photo (feedback appreciated)

Jan Stretch, Canada

Replying to

Thanks so much Dipankar! ♥️

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