Thursday, January 2, 2020


milky moon--
basaltic rocks
and craters 

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floating lotus--
the moon retains its color
behind dense clouds

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twilight sky--
the faint sunlight slides 
from the trees

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starry night
owl gazes with
twin moons

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moon night
the cowshed floor
turns milky
                 
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dark moon
I become a 
distant star

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Better than Starbucks, January-February, Vol V, No. I 2020   ( Ed.  Kevin Mc Laughlin)
https://www.betterthanstarbucks.org/haiku

Tuesday, December 31, 2019


fallen leaves light darkens upside down

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space rocks the strange visitors near the entrance

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the clouds disappear into colourless

Proletaria (Ed. Elancharan  Gunasekaran), December 2019



Tuesday, December 24, 2019


bookmarker—
a withered red flower
in civil war chapter

The World Haiku Review, December 2019  (Eds. Susumu Takiguchi and Rohini Gupta  


Thursday, December 19, 2019


sand writings
along a solitary shore
from the horizon
roaring waves wash away
her lengthy inner script
And yet another excellent tanka by Pravat starting with a catchy first line "sand writings", which takes us immediately to a beach shoreline. The final line is also poignant as we have to imagine an entire life's story disappear before our very eyes. A strong depiction of the importance of that life.

-an’ya: Editor, Tanka Origins, 2nd Edition, December 2019


Saturday, December 14, 2019

dawn to dust haiku

Haiku Dialogue, 11.12.2019 9 (Ed. M A Lori)



I liked many but for some reason, this one caught my eye:

dawn to dust haiku

A ‘meta-haiku’ for the post-modernists amongst us with a dark aftertaste. Cheers, John

-John Hawkhead, 12.12.2019

Pravat – When I read “dawn to dust” my first impression was of the beginning of life to the end.

-Debbie Scheving, 13.12.2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019


a flock of sheep--
the moon guiding
the evening

Akitsu Quarterly, Fall 2019 (Ed. Robin White)

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gravitational waves--
devotees chant Om
along the seashore

Akitsu Quarterly, Fall 2019 (Ed. Robin White)


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Monday, December 9, 2019

Brief Review of “Cosmic Symphony (A Haiku Collection) by Pravat Kumar Padhy, published in Modern Haiku, Volume 50.3, Autumn 2019, p.117


Front loaded with twenty-five pages of foreword, preface, and an essay on “Haiku: A Scientific Art,” the curtains finally part for a view of the stars, Padhy’s debut collection of over a hundred haiku relating earth-bound affairs to stellar matters. Intense bursts of light from a few meteors and other celestial bodies make hanging around for the full planetarium show worthwhile.

milky way— / lightning splits / the darkness;

half moon— / the child wonders / the rest;

love making— / the moon leaning / over the tides