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THE HAIBUN GALLERY : 9th June — a Thursday feature

Hosts: Akila G. and Shalini Pattabiraman

8th June

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 another haibun of Sonam that was published in The Contemporary Haibun Online.

The Botany of Dreams

Again, I descend to the moss-blackened lake, a motionless slab in the full moon. I place the sacred vase carefully on a ledge of rock but cannot find matches to light the incense. I am filled with fear of offending the family gods. Then, a voice I recognise as my father’s calls out.

He beckons me to a jagged promontory. Staring across the gulf I feel it is not space that I am drawn into but the vast expanse of time, at once immediate in the instant and boundless without end. Something in me frees itself and falls away.

anniversary . . . the perfidious joy of field flowers

This piece is like the sacred vase in her hand - gentle. There is a gentleness in her narrative infused by the elements around her that she brings in her haibun. There is a connection between the self and the surroundings seeded in humility.

We invite you to take this cue as your inspiration and write a haibun where you establish this connection - you and nature where you both integrate, as if you were always one, seamless.


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We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished haibun (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in the haikuKATHA monthly journal.


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