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HAIKUsutradhar: 8th December 2023 Daipayan Nair


Host: Lev Hart Prompter for December: Daipayan Nair


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 Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited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


Thanks to Kala and Lev for giving me the opportunity to provide prompts for the month of December.

We have all experienced the joyous occasion of weddings in our lives. The occasion also transcends across different cultures with its own set of rituals and traditions unique to each race, country and region.

Today, I invite all of you to write a haiku/senryu on "village wedding", without actually mentioning the word "weddings" or "marriage" unless absolutely necessary, constructing images that give us a tour of the surroundings, the rituals with the dance and songs involved and make us feel the specific emotions engulfing the rituals. Think as objectively as you can. Your objectivity should also be relatable:

stayin' alive

the groom's parents revive

their disco moves

– Bruce Feingold

(Haiku Foundation's Haiku of the Day, July 27, 2023)


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Dec 16, 2023

#2, 16/12/23


I almost trip on my sari...


*saptapadi: the seven steps taken by the couple around the holy fire; an important ritual in most Hindu weddings

~Baisali Chatterjee Dutt

Kolkata, India

Feedback always welcome


Dec 14, 2023



biya naam

bride's mother bids farewell

through smile and tears

Kalyanee Arandhara

Assam, India

Feedback welcome

('Biya Naam' is a type of song sung in Assamese marriages. There are songs for each of the marriage rituals.)


Juicy prompt, Daipayan!

#1, 13/12/23

mooing cows

and mosquito buzz ...

an exchange of vows

sanjuktaa asopa,

Belgaum, India

Feedback welcome.


nalini shetty
nalini shetty
Dec 12, 2023

#2 13 th Dec

j a

a l

i a




her garland in vain

feedback welcome


mona bedi
mona bedi
Dec 12, 2023

Post #2


arranged marriage --

the bride's first look

across the veil

Feedback appreciated:)

Mona Bedi


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