THE HAIBUN GALLERY 17 February — a Thursday feature

hosts: Shalini Pattabiraman & Shobhana Kumar

17th February

We move to the fourth haijin we would like to showcase from India. This time, it is Sensei Geethanjali Rajan. Here is a brief bio.

Geethanjali Rajan teaches Japanese and English in Chennai, India. She discovered haiku sometime in 2003 and is drawn towards the deep and wide possibilities of the form. She writes haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka and enjoys the collaborative writing of linked verse. Her poems have appeared in online journals and many anthologies. Her haiku have received several awards and her haibun have received Honorable Mentions thrice in the Genjuan International Haibun Contest - 2014, 2016 and 2020. She conducts workshops and engages in discussions to help create interest in haiku and allied forms. Her interests include music, books and Japanese calligraphy. She currently serves as editor of haiku at cattails.

Unexpected Gift, an ebook of rengay with Sonam Chhoki (Bhutan) is available on Amazon and a second rengay book with Chhoki, Fragments of Conversation, is forthcoming.

We present the first haibun in this series and some links that will help you explore further.

A Tincture in Ether

It’s as if paint splattered the sky salmon pink, amber, and then some orange and gold. The orange gets brighter, the glow almost ethereal, before gently fading into a dull shade of peach. Suddenly, the only colour left is a strange indigo behind the black silhouette of a weeping willow.

slipping through

the gaps of my fingers

his last breath

Geethanjali Rajan

A large part of life is dedicated to loving, losing and dying. Grief is at the heart of living experiences. Death writing is also an aspect that was commonly observed by the masters. So, this week, we would like you to explore this question as the prompt: where does grief take you (on what kind of journey)?

We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished haibun (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in haikuKATHA monthly journal.


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