Monday, February 11, 2019

Butterfly Dream: Coalfield Fire Haiku by Pravat Kumar Padhy

English Original

coalfield fire --
the winter morning
thickens its colour

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, 1, 2017

Pravat Kumar Padhy


Chinese Translation (Traditional)

煤田火坑 --
這個冬天的早晨
它的顏色加深了

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

煤田火坑 --
这个冬天的早晨
它的颜色加深了


Bio Sketch 

Pravat Kumar Padhy, a poet-scientist, did his Masters and Ph.D from IIT-Dhanbad, India. Work referred in Spectrum History of Indian Literature in English, Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Poetry etc. His Japanese short form of poetry appeared in many international journals. He is a recipient of Editor’s Choice Awards, Special and Honourable Mentions. His fourth collection of verses, Ripple of Resonance is in press.

1 comment:

  1. L1 sets the scene while L2 not only darkens the day (L3) but also deepens the gloomy mood in L1. And on second reading, the concluding word, colour, effectively carries emotional and symbolical significance.

    A thematically significant and environmentally conscious haiku that offers an incisive glimpse into the coalfield/fire.
  2. http://neverendingstoryhaikutanka.blogspot.com/2019/02/butterfly-dream-coalfield-fire-haiku-by.html#comment-form
the kids with
palmful of water--
unruly flame

*****
heap of ashes
she searches her baby doll
in morning sunlight

*****
naked trees
my sympathy
at their feet

*****
wildfires
I wish my tears
douse his anger

*****
spark of light
my thoughts again
in dark

(e-book on California wildfires): this side of the fire, 2019, Ed. Wendy Bialek) the above five haiku included.

https://www.facebook.com/wendy.bialek.7/pos

Friday, February 8, 2019

moonrise the sky from the oncology wing

Presence # 61, 2018 (Ed.Ian Storr)

a hole in the light: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018 (Ed-in-Chief Jim Kacian)

https://www.redmoonpress.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=33&products_id=305&osCsid=39fc52d9b0fe3ba79ddb264286caa2da


Sunday, February 3, 2019


Cosmic Muse
Pravat Kumar Padhy

Japanese short-form of poetry is a gift to the world of literature. It embodies a wide spectrum of entities comprising the beautiful nature, human behaviour, diverse cultural and ethical values and zen feeling. Deeper in haiku writing and its evaluation speak about the sublime physics of light and sound, chemistry of colour and geological expression of the landscape by encapsulating the science in beautiful nature (kocho-fuei). Poetry creates a fabric of resonance to transmit the human essence into our surroundings and further into the greater space. 
Poet Federico Garcia Lorca could come to know about haiku in early 1920 and when he was a student in Madrid he aptly visualises and writes:

Some day…
You will leap from one star
to another.

During the early seventies, I had composed a poem, “Saptarshi ra Satabdhi Prasna” (One Hundred Questions of the Seven Stars) portraying time, space, and the celestial mystery.  I thought of an idea of “Astro-Poetry” by assimilating the essence of celestial scientific entities in literature. Man’s perennial search for life in other celestial body and in aother solar system analogous to ours has been a milestone in space technology.

In 1978 a few of my haiku-like stanzas written in “Odia” appeared in the Deepti magazine, under the short- verse sequences “Satyameba” (Truth Alone). The translation of one of the poems, Jibanata (Life) is as follows:

half-moon in the sky
her body veiled in mixed
colours of clouds

Deepti, Vol.8, Issue III, Oct-Dec 1978

We can extend the art of poetry through time and space and glance them with the lens of imagination for the science and technology to translate. I tried to correlate the essence of celestial emblem through some of my haiku poems enumerated below: 

half-moon—
the child wonders
the rest

Mainichi Daily News, 3rd Nov 2010 (featured on the HSA "Haiku Wall" exhibited in the historic Liberty Theatre Gallery, Oregon on June 3-5, 2011).

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blue earth--
lone robot on
the moon

Simply Haiku, Vol.10 No.1, Summer 2012

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deep silence--
planets move around
without noise

The Mainichi Daily News, March 20, 2013

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deep dark space
many cosmic townships
with their own light

The Mainichi Daily News, March 23, 2012
Freezing the Moment:A Celebration of Haiku by Poets from India ,Scroll.in April 8, 2018
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black hole--
mystery of the universe
gathers light

NaHaiWriMo, February 17, 2013
Haikuuniverse 11 .3.2018
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early dawn--
millions of stars
in dark

EarthRise 2015: Years of Light, Haiku Foundation

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milky way –
lightning splits
the darkness

Best of Issue (Second Choice), Haiku Reality, Vol. 12, No 20, Summer 2015

*****

The art of human philosophy, largely imaged, in the cognitive sphere, with thinkers and poet, in particular, is boundless. We dream the serene nature to create images that offer solace to all and create literary insight by amalgamating human feelings with scientific and celestial juxtaposition.

firecrackers—
a snapshot of
big-bang

NaHaiWriMo, 4.3.2013 # Fire
Culture Haiku Magazine, World Kigo Database, November 2013

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counting stars                                                                      
I move around
the galaxy

The Mainichi Daily News, May 25, 2011

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End of year
celebrating the journey
around the sun

Asahi Shimbun, December 16, 2011
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Neil Armstrong--
baby’s maiden walk
on bright moon day

The Kloštar Ivanić International Haiku Competition, 2014 (Award Winning Haiku)

*****
long walk--
the slum boys stare at
the distant stars

The Heron’s Nest, March 2014

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cream coffee
a close encounter
with the milky way

ephemerae, Inaugural Issue, April 2018

*****
celestial thought
the moonflower on her
braided hair

Chrysanthemum 23 Spring Issue 2018

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countless stars
my folded hand
holds a few

Stardust Haiku, Issue 17, May 2018
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moonrise the sky from the oncology wing

Presence # 61, 2018

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painting contest
the child puts a drop of water
on the Mars surface

Poetry Corner, CB.net, 29.8.2018

With great reverence, I conclude with the haiku, the great master Basho wrote four days before his heavenly journey:  “Taken ill on a journey, my dreams roam over moon”. I wish a sacred scientific endeavour for the mankind to build another dream home on the moon and beyond.

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 The essay was published in Haiku University, Vol.4, 2018

Saturday, February 2, 2019

https://www.amazon.in/Fuga-No-Makoto-Review-Anniversary-ebook/dp/B07N5L8ND1/ref=zg_bsnr_1637127031_7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GA8TCMTS13KNNBJ51SEX

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Pravat Kumar Padhy vividly described on one-line what it might feel like to reach the red planet:
Shogatsu--ekphrastic haiku of man on Mars
He rose with the sun on New Year’s Day in Bhubaneswar, India.
first sun
the butterfly endures
its morning journey

David McMurray 18.1.2019
Asahi Shimbun

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201901180006.html


Friday, January 18, 2019

Pravat Kumar Padhy vividly described on one-line what it might feel like to reach the red planet:
Shogatsu--ekphrastic haiku of man on Mars
He rose with the sun on New Year’s Day in Bhubaneswar, India.
first sun
the butterfly endures
its morning journey

David McMurray 18.1.2019
Asahi Shimbun


http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201901180006.html