Friday, October 4, 2019

Butterfly Dream: Desert Journey Haiku by Pravat Kumar Padhy

English Original

desert journey --
camels follow shadow
after shadow

Highly Commendation, 2015 Creatrix Haiku Prize

Pravat Kumar Padhy

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

沙漠之旅 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

沙漠之旅 --

Bio Sketch

Pravat Kumar Padhy hails from Odisha, India. He holds Masters in Science and Technology and a Ph.D from IIT- Dhanbad. His literary work cited in Spectrum History of Indian Literature in EnglishAlienation in Contemporary Indian English PoetryCultural and Philosophical Reflections in Indian Poetry in English, etc. His Japanese short forms of poetry appeared in various international journals and anthologies. His tanka, ‘I mingle’ is featured in the “Kudo Resource Guide”, Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley, 2014/2015 Season.His haiku won Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Honourable Mention Award, Canada, UNESCO International Year of Water Co-operation, The Kloštar Ivanić International Haiku Contest, Creatrix Haiku Commendation Award, IAFOR Vladimir Devide Haiku Award and 7th Setouchi Matsuyama International Photo Haiku Award. 


  1. L1 sets the theme/scene while the use of repetition in Ls 2&3 visually and emotionally strengthens the thematic focus of L1.

    Pravat's desert journey haiku is highly cinematic and reads well as a poetic rendering of the establishing shot of a Hollywood desert movie.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

the sun still shines
over the monument

clouds in hurry--
the kids enjoy
the shifting moon

tea flowers--
plucking warmth
of your memories

space rocks--
the farmers harvest
celestial science

a noble thought  the last page of the book

(Above five haiku) Bamboo Hut Journal , Autumn  2019 (Ed. Steve Wilkinson)

Thursday, September 26, 2019

toy museum--
the kids in different

shopping arcade
kids busy gossiping
with the robots

elephant tower
the kids gaze

late evening

alone in the village road
I walk all along
in the winter breeze   
recalling mother’s storytelling

Colorado, 25.9.2019 (Ed. Kath Abela Wilson)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

pravat kumar padhyの検索結果

saucer magnolia—
the safe landing of a
flying fox

--Pravat Kumar Padhy (Odisha, India)

The Mainichi News, 18.9.2019 (Ed. Dhugal J. Lindsay)

Sunday, September 8, 2019

roaring waves--
I listen to my breath
in Yoga hall

Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, Ambiguity, 4.9.2019 (Guest Editor: Craig Kittner)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

wind chimes  the muse of breeze

Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, Monoku, 21.8.2019 (Guest editor Craig Kittner)

Sunday, September 1, 2019

“re: Virals # 208  (Haiku Foundation)

old map
the whole country
one color
— Jim Kacian Cranach City Anthology; Border Lands (2007)

Pravat Kumar Padhy admires the simplicity and elegance:
The haiku by Jim has a total of 10 syllables manifested in the schematic pattern of 2-5-3. It contains two images, the “fragment” (old map) and the “phrase” (the whole country/ one color) with a gentle pause in between (cutting). The juxtaposition explores the poetic imagination in universality and brotherhood through the image of ‘color’. The poet expresses his self-realization by embellishing the belief of oneness through the creative use of ‘color’.

The monochromatic color of ‘old map’ in the top line is skillfully juxtaposed with zen-feeling of oneness as implied in the middle line and lower line. Interestingly, the vertical axis of the haiku extends to a different dimension in time implying the prevalence of harmony among the people of the country. The haiku finally culminates with an aesthetic expression of cohesion. Interestingly, the poet has not used any verb in the haiku and thus it renders a placid articulation.
Jim has artfully used assonance as a literary element. Here the vowel “o” sound repeats between syllables of the ku and crafts a subtle resonance. The haiku, in its simplicity, expresses the compassionate feeling of togetherness using ‘color’ as an element with poetic elegance.
re:Virals Haiku Foundation 30.8.2019