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HAIKUsutradhar: 22nd September 2023 Rupa Anand

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

HAIKUsutradhar. weekly prompts


22nd September

Host: Kala Ramesh

Group Mentor: Lev Hart Prompter for August: Rupa Anand

OUR MISSION: 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.


A Quick Note: Starting with our October issue (issue 24), haikuKATHA will only consider haiga and tanka-art submissions that showcase your original artwork or photos. No more using stuff from free sites or AI-generated images, because we want you to boost your creativity!

But don't worry, we're all about collaboration. Because we know not everyone can draw or take great pictures. If you team up with an artist or photographer and we accept your work for publication, both of you will get credit for the masterpiece you've created. Make sure it’s their original work as well and they are not restricted by other publications to share them.

Just remember, it's on you to get permission from the artist/photographer before posting their stuff. We won't be responsible for any copyright issues. So, please keep these changes in mind. Have fun!

Important: Since we're swamped with submissions, and our editors are only human, mistakes can happen. Please, please, remember to put your name, followed by your country, below each poem, even after revisions. It helps our editors; they won't have to type it in, saving them from potential typos. Thanks a ton!

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 Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited journals, anthologies, your webpage, social media, etc.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. With haiga, post details re: the source of the visual image.

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 ***


4th Week:

Goodbyes: Change is the only constant in our lives. Things are in constant flux all the time. People change, relationships change, places change, and objects change. Write about a time in your life that reflects this change; a closure, when you said goodbye to someone – this could be as simple as ending a mundane phone conversation, or harder goodbyes to close friends, family members, spouses or partners. The poem could be about closure of any sort. Even DEATH POEMS or The jisei, as it's known in Japan, can be a part of this prompt.

Waiting to read your poems.

Rupa Anand


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K. Ramesh
K. Ramesh
Dec 01, 2023


school farewell day ...

he waves his hand again

at the gate

K. Ramesh

Adyar, Chennai


Rupa Anand
Rupa Anand
Sep 30, 2023

Poem 2- 30/09/23

comments welcome

amid old trees

love collects in frayed leaves


Rupa Anand

New Delhi, India


Sep 28, 2023



end of day

even the roses

start to droop

Feedback always welcome


Lev Hart
Lev Hart
Sep 28, 2023


So far, there are 3 verses in the thread that include the phrase, "the long goodbye" and 2 verses about the fragrance of someone's room after they're gone. Copying forces the orginator into the position of competing with her copiers, which is unfair. Copies are not likely to be published, because editors value originality.

It's impossible to express your individuality by doing it the same way as everyone else.

Lev Hart
Lev Hart
Sep 28, 2023
Replying to

Re: "I posted my haiku before reading any other posted haiku." Please don't take my post personally. The problem is longstanding, and the solution has been posted month after month, i.e., read the thread before posting a ku. Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. It is in the poet's best interest to read the thread before posting, because a ku that resembles others is not likely to attract the editors' attention.

Re: "It is possible that this phrase and theme are common enough and there is no intended copying by anyone here." Whether intended or not, the results are the same: a smaller selection pool for the editors; a smaller chance of getting selected for all of the doppelgangers; and an…


#ku 1 28/09/23

new wings ---

a long goodbye to

the old nest

*comments welcome

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