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RENKU: linked collaborative verses: TRIPARSHVA - Gruhapravesh!

Updated: Jul 30, 2022

Sabaki (lead poet) - Linda Papanicolaou


POST - 19 Triparshva COMPLETED!

28th JULY 2022

Here is the final version, with some edits for spelling, grammar, and removing repetitive words or usages (as noted in an earlier comment, we had too many prepositional phrases beginning with “of,” so a number of these have been changed for variety. Many thanks to Kala and Firdaus for their input, too.

We plan to publish this in the next haikuKATHA, Issue 10 (August 2022) so we have one more request: If you wish to do so, would you post a paragraph in the comments about your experience in the renku. Your responses are called “kanso” and are published with the renku.


— a 22-verse triparshva renku

housewarming …

all the flavours of summer

on a dining table / Firdaus Parvez

a dozen ripened mangoes

from the neighbour next door / Kala Ramesh

the gleeful shouts

of street kids rolling

a bicycle tyre / Priti Aisola

an airplane through the clouds

in an indigo twilight / Margherita Petriccione

so close

the snow moon

envelops the field / Angiola Inglese

crackling silence as we bend

over the chessboard / Sushama Kapur

caparisoned elephants

raising their trumpets amid

the village prayer beats / Lakshmi Iyer

a pied crested cuckoo

on a telephone wire / Marcie Wessels

after the downpour

she squeezes our clothes

under the banyan tree / Milan Rajkumar

a backlit craving races

into an embrace / Kavita Ratna

those dreams

of my first love

once again / Arvinder Kaur

the merry-go-round horse

stopped on a high note / Robert Kingston

a crick

in the neck

after Sistine Chapel / Sanjukta Asopa

shadows lengthen

this new bite in the air / Sushama Kapur

moonbeams dipping

into a storm drain and a stream

with the same alacrity / Priti Aisola

the whisper of falling leaves

rolls into a pyramid / Amrutha V. Prabhu

trekking on Himalayas

our false selves peel off

in layers / Kala Ramesh

synchronized silhouettes

planting rice in paradise / Kanjini Dev

giggles follow

the ventriloquist’s voice

in the Panchatantra / Lakshmi Iyer

our small garden abuzz

with the day’s anecdotes / Mona Bedi

a bamboo fence


in the magnolia haze / Sanjukta Asopa

this makeshift clothesline

swaying in spring wind / Kanjini Devi

Triparshva – a 22-verse renku was created by Norman Darlington.

Sabaki (lead poet) – Linda Papanicolaou

Renkujin as they appear in the renku.

Firdaus Parvez: vs 1 Kala Ramesh: vs 2 & 17 Priti Aisola: vs 3 & 15 Margherita Petriccione: vs 4 Angiola Inglese: vs 5 Sushama Kapur: vs 6 & 14 Lakshmi Iyer: vs 7 & 19 Marcie Wessels: vs 8 Milan Rajkumar: vs 9 Kavita Ratna: vs 10 Arvinder Kau: vs 11 Robert Kingston: vs 12 Sanjukta Asopa: vs 13 & 21 Amrutha V. Prabhu: vs16 Kanjini Dev: vs 18 & 22 Mona Bedi: vs 20

Gruhapravesh meaning 'Housewarming' in Samskrit, was started on the 2nd of June and completed on the 28th of July 2022 on Triveni Haikai India.

Our first collaborative linked verse – Gruhapravesh was lead by Sabaki, Linda Papanicolaou


Side one - Jo

hokku summer

wakiku summer

daisan non season

4 ns

5. winter moon

6 ns

Side 2 - Ha

7 ns

8 monsoon

9 monsoon love

10 ns lv

11 ns lv

12. ns

13 ns

14 autumn

15 au moon

16 autumn

Side 3 - Kyu

17 ns

18 monsoon

19 ns

20 spring

21 sp blossom

22 ageku - sp

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