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writeALONG! 2 January

Updated: Jan 2


hosts: Muskaan Ahuja, Lakshmi Iyer

guest editor: Aparna Pathak

Please note: 

Only the unpublished poems (that are never published on any social media platform/journals/anthologies) posted here for each prompt will be considered for Triveni Haikai India's monthly journal -- haikuKATHA, each month.

Poets are requested to post poems that adhere to the prompts/exercises given.

Only 1 poem to be posted in 24 hours. Total 2 poems per poet are allowed each week (numbered 1,2). So, revise your poems till 'words obey your call'.

If a poet wants feedback, then the poet must mention 'feedback welcome' below each poem that is being posted.

Responses are usually a mixture of grain and chaff. The poet has to be discerning about what to take for the final version of the poem or the unedited version will be picked up for the journal.

The final version should be on top of the original version for selection.

Poetry is a serious business. Give you best attempt to feature in haikuKATHA !!


Musicality in haiku is very important, more because haiku poems don't have rhyming lines. And poem without rhythm is something like cake without cherry.

In the words of Ferris Gilli in an article :


"Flow of language" (musicality) is an important topic in the study of haiku. Often haiku writers are confused by guidelines that give instructions to be brief and leave out all unnecessary words, and at the same time urge us to keep a natural rhythm and flow. 

Generally, October to January is the peak festival season around the globe, with various celebrations happening one after the other.We have already celebrated a few and are geared up to celebrate more in the coming weeks. Festival and music are inseparable. The beats of music in the form of songs or musical instruments makes a festival more engrossing  and joyful.

a nun beats a drum;

fretful by the shrine

at nightfall

-- Richard Gilbert

I invite you all to write poems on musical instruments. Looking forward to read you all !!


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Jan 08

#1, 8/1/24

tea plucker’s song

the whistling kettle

in perfect pitch

~ Baisali Chatterjee Dutt

Kolkata, India

Feedback always welcome



orchid sky

ektara twangs weave

the aria

Nalini Shetty


feedback welcome

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Joanna this is single stringed instrument ek-one tara- string normally used by minstrels who sing devotional songs...eastern parts of India in west Bengal baul singers are dominant users of this ..Thank you for loving my ku......


song & dance camp

Macedonian men dance

atop their drums


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Welcome anya



Mahabharata —

signals of war in the sound

of Panchajanya

Lakshmi Iyer, India

Feedback please




His fingers…

a rythmic

blur on tabla.

Padma Priya



(Tabla - A pair of small drums used as percussion in Hindustani Classical music in India. It is used in many other forms of music owing to its versatility.)

Fedback welcome.

Jan 08
Replying to

Yes! When the beats start moving towards the crescendo — uffff!

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