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HAIKUsutradhar: 8th March 2024 Patricia McGuire

Updated: Mar 21


Host: Gauri Dixit Prompter for March: Patricia McGuire


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 Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited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

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08th March.

Prompt : Walking in the shoes of the masters: Buson


Buson, a poet who was a leading figure in the revival of Bashō, was himself a notable poet. Like Bashō, he was, at least until his 40s, a wanderer, he wrote his poetry in contemporary language as Bashō did and like Bashō he mentored other poets as a haiku master. In his day it might be true to say that the style of his poetry was seen as outdated, his artistic skills were more highly valued.


It is here, in his art, that I challenge you to take a walk in his shoes, see your environment as an artist would, the colours, the perspective, the detail.


Something to inspire you before you get your walking shoes on:


under young green leaves

white water

yellow barley

Buson Trs: Allan Persinger

the night almost past, through the white plum blossoms a glimpse of dawn


Buson Trs Dave Bonta


Patricia McGuire (writing name Bisshie), host of The Poetry Pea Podcast, available wherever you get your podcasts and YouTube. Managing Editor of The Poetry Pea Journal. Please check out our website,, and join us for Japanese-inspired short-form poetry, maybe even write some for us.


Nothing inspires poetry as much as being one with your environment. Walk in silence, and you will find many haiku. Perhaps as many as the master himself!

Write on! Gauri


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March 14,2024


pi day

surprise visit of a rain

Pradnya Joshi



1st post#14.3

bare feet

in between moist grass and me

autumn leaves

Jharna Sanyal

Kolkata India

Feedback welcome



withered moors

all the mistakes

I can’t undo

Susan Burch, USA

Comments welcome

Replying to

I love the scale of this.




spring sunset

stirring the bluebells

into silence

Lori Kiefer, UK

feedback appreciated

Replying to

Thanks so much Joanna. So glad to hear it brought up lovely memories of bluebell woods. I love them too. Lori xx


Revised (as per Shawn's suggestion)

№2 14/3/24

cicadas' cadence

grace notes

to a baul song

Nalini Shetty


Original version:


cicadas' cadence


with a baul song

Nalini Shetty


feedback welcome

*Baul singers are a unique and mystical group of wandering minstrels and mystics from Bengal, a region spanning parts of India and Bangladesh. The word "Baul" is derived from the Sanskrit word "Vatula," meaning "mad" or "insane," reflecting their unconventional and free-spirited lifestyle.

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Now it’s even more awesome. Cool phrase, grace notes!

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