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HAIKUsutradhar: 5th January 2024 Marilyn Ashbaugh

Updated: Jan 5


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 Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited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 2024 Haiku Prompts

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

Week 1: Earth.  Earth is our home.  Earth can cover or uncover, bring solace or pain, and can be honored or violated.  Please share your earth haiku with us.

in dark earth

we dig for bulbs and

common ground

Erin Castaldi


path of tangled roots

the jungle leads me 

to where I am

Christopher Harold

Pocket Poems

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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pottery wheel

five pounds of clay

puts me in my place

Richard L. Matta


comments welcome



brushing off earth

with a song skylark Keith Evetts Thames Ditton, UK comments always welcome


Thanks, Billie.

Added 'the' at the start. _()_

the termite-eaten photo frame still


her smile

Kala Ramesh India

#1 Feedback is most welcome. _()_

Replying to

how beautiful! in the image and the structure


#2 10Jan24

Revised: thanks Kala for the nudge. Is L4 better with or without “my”?

the shift

of tectonic plates —

my dry knuckles



the shift

of tectonic plates —

my attitude too

Bonnie J Scherer, USA

feedback welcome 🙂

Kanji Dev
Kanji Dev
Jan 11
Replying to

Excellent ku, Bonnie!


fissured earth

the sky's blue


#1 10th Jan

Replying to

Thank you for reading it, Nalini.

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