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THE HAIBUN GALLERY: 28th July — a Thursday Feature

Hosts: Firdaus Parvez and Kala Ramesh

28th July 2022


This month we'll be showcasing haibun written by our four editors! This week we have Shobhana Kumar with us! Post Mortem


His postgraduate certificate is tucked away in an old steel trunk. Every other day, he answers calls on his mobile phone and sets out to work. Anything goes. For the last month or so, he has been a painter for a new high-rise. This one has fifteen storeys.


between orange and pink

a sky full

of bucket lists


Today, he caresses a stray strand of hair from his wife’s forehead as he leaves. He slips from the fourth floor, trying to save a fellow painter from falling.


They want to file a report saying he was an alcoholic. She spends the next five years proving he wasn’t.


broken a kite falls into the sewer




*Published in A Sky Full of Bucket Lists, Red River, 2021



More about Shobhana Kumar: Shobhana Kumar is a recipient of a Touchstone Distinguished Books Honorable Mention for 2021 for her volume A Sky Full of Bucket Lists (Red River Press, 2021). You can read the full comment here: https://thehaikufoundation.org/shobhana-kumar-touchstone-distinguished-books-award-honorable-mention-2021/



Shobhana Kumar gives an unusual touch to the haibun here. A refreshing style of weaving in and out through the prose and two poems - there is much to study here. The end - is left unfinished. I was wondering what had happened to the court case. Did the wife win? So much left unsaid. Sounds interesting? Why don't you try a haibun with the end left in suspense? Let it be subtle. Give us a good haibun, thought-provoking, something that tugs y.our heartstrings.

And we’ll do our bit – publish it in haikuKATHA – Issue 10, for you!


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We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished haibun (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in the haikuKATHA monthly journal.



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Anju Kishore
Anju Kishore
Aug 03, 2022

A gripping narrative, shobhana. Much to learn from this piece. So glad I returned here in time to read this 😊

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mona bedi
mona bedi
Aug 02, 2022

A sensitive poignant price from Shobhana!

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Reid Hepworth
Reid Hepworth
Aug 01, 2022

Revised title: Thanks Kala for the prompt!


Suspicious Minds


I’m pretty sure my uncle is Elvis. It doesn’t matter that he has a Scottish accent or that we live in Canada. What convinces me:

  1. his black hair

  2. his fashion sense

  3. he visits Hawaii a lot

  4. he rarely visits us

  5. he is divorced

When I share my suspicions, my family laughs at me. I point to the Elvis record collection at my grandmothers house and the fact that my uncle doesn’t look like ANY of us. They just laugh harder.

I’m crushed when they tell me my uncle works in a bank…until later when I overhear them talking about how he’s got himself into “some trouble” and the police are looking…


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Reid Hepworth
Reid Hepworth
Aug 02, 2022
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Thank you so much, Kala! Your feedback warms my heart! I really appreciate your support and encouragement. 🙏

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Firdaus Parvez
Firdaus Parvez
Jul 30, 2022

What a wonderful piece of writing by Shobhana. Love how the haiku move the story forward. Well done!

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I want to say how much this forum has come to mean to me in these last two weeks. I am delighted to be here in a place so full of talent, skill, critique, acceptance. I feel that I belong and that my voice is valued. So glad I was invited into this place, I am honoured to be here.

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Reid Hepworth
Reid Hepworth
Jul 30, 2022
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So glad that you are here, Florence! This is a terrific group!

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