THE HAIBUN GALLERY : 30th June — a Thursday feature

Hosts: Akila G. and Shalini Pattabiraman

30th June, 2022

This month we'll be showcasing haibun written by Sonam Chhoki.

Sonam Chhoki was interviewed by Vidya Venkataramani. It is a three part series and you can read all about her haikai journey, inspirations, thoughts and favourites. The link to the interview is given below:

For this week's writing prompt, we bring Sonam Chhoki's haibun titled 'Looking for Words'

Looking for Words

The old oracle, whose healing songs soothed my childhood fevers, is ill. It is a humid July evening as I make my way to her hut. I have found an old photo of her talking to the King. I feel she might like the memento.

She runs a finger over the pale images and smiles. She opens, closes her palms.

Mosquitoes whine in her dark room.

She straightens the folds of her yak wool blanket and says, ‘There’s nothing.’

I make her some tea. She dips the photo into the steaming wooden bowl and stirs.

cave temple – eyes of Meditating Buddha in lightning flashes



In childhood, we all have a magic portion that dispels all our illness. But as we grow up, we need to find this magic portion within ourselves. We need to heal within before we lend a hand to someone else - Heal, forgive and forget.

This week we would like to read your stories of healing.


1. Only two haibun per poet per prompt.

2. Share your best-polished pieces.

3. Please do not post something in a hurry or something you have just written. Let it simmer for a while.

4. When poets give suggestions and if you agree to them - post your final edited version on top of your original version.

5. Don't forget to give feedback on others' poems.

We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished haibun (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in the haikuKATHA monthly journal.


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