THE HAIBUN GALLERY 17 March — a Thursday feature

hosts: Shalini Pattabiraman & Shobhana Kumar

17th March

Paresh often speaks of craft. Here is a link to an interview where he deals with craft:


The drawer of my study table is full of old poems. Unwanted. Unloved. Politically incorrect. A festering wound under the mouldy Band-Aid. These were written when I was young. And angry. And free. They were written when I did not censor my words or dress them up in starched ironed shirts of conformance.

I patrol the study table every night. Often even during the day.

Words have a way of wanting to be heard. The older they grow, the more restless they get. I fear they will tear down the locks, spill out of the drawers and paste themselves over the crumbling brick walls of my house. A graffiti shorn of all pretence. Ugly. Naked. Lustful. A blot on the sheen of civilisation that I carefully maintain these days.

curfewed dawn

a sparrow hops by

the burnt-down bus

Perhaps I should set them on fire and scatter the ashes in a river. But what if the river swells up, breaks the dam and floods the land? What if the land forgets to hold its voice down? What if every child answers the call for an uprising?

Paresh Tiwari


Notice how the drawer in this haibun unlocks to introduce the reader into a different world. If you were to unlock your drawer, what would you find there?

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