Saturday, February 28, 2015

a solitary kite
in the twilight sky
dusk deepens
unfolding the heaviness
of her long loneliness

A Hundred Gourds, 4:2, March 2015 (Ed. Susan Constable)

Friday, February 27, 2015

History of Indian Haiku by Kala Ramesh

Sunday, February 22, 2015

One Man’s Maple Moon:

I reminisce
your childhood smile ...
like a butterfly
I chase
in the garden

Ribbons, 10:1, Winter 2014 

Pravat Kumar Padhy

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

你的童年笑容 ...
Chinese Translation (Simplified)

你的童年笑容 ...

The upper verse establishes the thematic context while the butterfly simile in the lower verse enhances the visual and emotional aspects of the poem.

And the verb, reminisce ("indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events," not just remember past events) in the upper verse, resonates well with the emotional point (like a butterfly chasing in the garden") of the lower verse.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

sparkling light--
crows shift darkness
from tree to tree

Shamrock No.30 February 2015 (Ed. Anatoly Kudryavitsky)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

an exhibition
of pencil-sketches
in the nest
eggs about to hatch
to discover light of day

red lights, Vol. 11 No.1 January, 2015 (Ed. Marilyn Hazelton)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Breeze of Love 
Pravat Kumar Padhy, Odisha, India

Like a bird she wishes to have her dream of freedom as she inhales the sublime love at an early dawn. Her tendered-eyed magical beauty sways in the gentle wind along the Gopalpur sea shore.

Perhaps she has to travel the early passage of time before mingling with godly feeling. The mystic change she correlates with the beauty of nature. As she steps into a different moonlit world, laced with myriads of smiles, poems of possessiveness and seeds of beauty sprout like little stars.

her love swells
to an aesthetic height
full moon night
the romantic clouds sail around
kissing the moon once and again

The melodious breeze sings songs of romance to the rhythmic tune of sinuous waves. The architect of nature secretly plants the seed of enchantment in her garden of life.

Atlas Poetica  15  July 2013 (Ed. M Kei)

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

From My Memory Book

The lone landmass is surrounded by water body of great Chilka lake in Odisha along the east coast of India. The barefooted, half-clad boat-man embraces the murmuring breeze and recites the age-old folk song for the Goddess Kalijai.

When we reach the island, he starts narrating the mythological importance of the place. The temple bell rings with the muse of wavy water all around. Our tutorial guide elaborates the geology of the rock exposures. As an amateur earth science student, my mind prompts me quickly to pick up a few pieces of rock, born millions years ago!

In the evening we return back carrying the pleasant memories. In the college reopening day, my professor delivers a lecture on the rise of the Himalaya out of a gigantic ancient ocean, the Tethys Sea. It is an awesome story. I compare and contrast my field trip- the lone landmass encircled by the Chilka lake!

migratory bird
flies in boundless sky
I wake up  
with morning sun sketching
the colorful rainbow wings

Atlas Poetica 13, November, 2012 (Ed.  M Kei)