World Haiku Series 2019 (53)
Haiku by Geethanjali Rajan
childhood song ~
the rhythm of women
(Tiny words 14.1 April 2014)
the evening sky-
(Under the Basho, 2014)
gibbous moon –
we laugh away
(Brass bell Oct 2015)
a chorus of sneezes
after the rains
(World Haiku Review, April 2012)
outside my window
another leaf falls
(A Hundred Gourds 1:3 June 2012)
a lone star
adorns the salmon sky
(Asahi haikuist network– Feb 2017)
a jasmine shrub
upturned by the storm
(9th Yamadera Basho memorial haiku – 2017)
a handful of rice
at the end of the day —
(Mainichi shimbun – 12/12/2017)
grandma enquires about
her button roses
(Brown Boat, 2014)
mountain trek –
echoes the tinkling stream
(Notes from the Gean 2:4, 2011)
— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta
Geethanjali Rajan teaches Japanese and English in Chennai, India.
Her journey into haiku and other Japanese poetry forms started around 15 years ago.
Her poems have appeared in many international journals and some anthologies.
She is the recipient of a few awards – Redleaf Poetry India Award 2013 (haiku), an Honorable Mention in the Genjuan International haibun Competition 2014 and 2016, the second place (haiku) at the Tata Lit Live, 2014 and a second place in The Sonic Boom International Senryu Competition 2015, VBCF Sakura award (International category) 2017 .
She is currently the haiku editor at cattails (UHTS).
She also conducts workshops in India to help spread the awareness about haiku.