World Haiku Series 2019 (88) Haiku by Kala Ramesh

World Haiku Series 2019 (88)

Haiku by Kala Ramesh

 

1.

spring breeze

the sari slides down

her shoulder

 

Golden Triangle Haiku Contest -1st prize. 2016

 

春風

サリーが滑り落ちる

彼女の肩から

***

2.

how little 

I know of bird calls

distant thunder

 

The Akita International Haiku Award, First prize September 2013

The Second Japan-Russia Haiku Contest

 

なんて分かりにくいんでしょう

鳥の鳴き声が

遠雷

***

3.

Gita chanting

    birds become

the ellipsis

 

The Akita International Haiku Award, September 2014, Honourable Mention

The Third Japan-Russia Haiku Contest

 

ギータ「神の歌」の詠唱

     鳥が省略される

***

4.

a barn owl hoots
the stillness of the lake
before dawn

 

Kala Ramesh(India)

Akita International Haiku Award 2015 – Honourable Mention, 2015.

 

メンフクロウがホーホーと鳴く

湖の静けさ

夜明け前 

***

5.

the unevenness

of his shallow breathing …

summer river

 

Acorn # 43 fall 2019

 

凹凸

彼の浅い呼吸...

夏の川

***

6.

Devi temple . . .

along with the ants

I enter barefoot 

 

Sketchbook – May 2008

2nd prize in the Kukai contest

 

デヴィ寺院...

アリと一緒に

裸足で入る

***

7.

wild bamboo 
the pencilled darkness 
shimmers in rain

 

Simply Haiku – Winter 2011

 

野生の竹

鉛筆で描かれた闇

雨の中で光る

***

8.

midnight jetty 
the sound of water 
slapping water

 

A Hundred Gourds 1:3 – June 2012

 

真夜中の桟橋

水の音

水しぶき

***

9.

spring breeze —
      I catch the tune
she leaves behind

 

# 1 Editor’s Choice – The Heron’s Nest Award – Volume VIII, Number 2: June 2006

First runner-up – The Heron’s Nest Reader’s Awards: Volume VIII 2006    

 

春のそよ風—

       私がその曲をとらえる

彼女が置いて行く

***

10.

rain forest 
    the lives 
I step on

 

The Heron’s Nest Vol XIX, No 1: March 2017

 

雨林

     生活

私は踏み出す

***

11.

a tornado spiralling thoughts to the sky

 

Under the Basho, 1:1 September 2013 

 

竜巻空に渦巻く思考

***

12.

scented twilight… 
the reason dragonflies 
pause in flight

 

8th Akita International Haiku Contest – Feb 2020

First Prize

 

香りのある夕暮れ...

トンボの理由

飛行中に一時停止

***

— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta

 

 

Bio:

Poet, editor, anthologist, and festival director, Kala Ramesh has been a foremost advocate and practitioner of haiku and allied Japanese poetry forms in India, including tanka, haibun and renku.

Kala’s initiatives culminated in founding ‘INhaiku’ in 2013, to bring Indian haikai poets together. She has organised six major haiku festivals and to bring haiku into everyday spaces, Kala has initiated several successful projects in India. She has a prolific record as an editor of seven international collections of haiku, and tanka anthologies. 

She also teaches haikai literature – an undergraduate course at the Symbiosis International University, and, for school students at the Katha National Writers Workshop, since 2012.

Her book of haiku and haibun Beyond the Horizon Beyond, was declared a finalist in the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 and received a certificate for ‘excellent contribution to literature’ In July 2020, HarperCollins is publishing her book of tanka.

Here are a few more photos presented through our haiku sharing.

 

 

23 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2019 (88) Haiku by Kala Ramesh

  1. Dear Hidenori san,

    Thank you so much for sharing my haiku with your readers.
    This is a beautiful project you’ve undertaken and you’ve carried it out so well.

    Thanks once again from the bottom of my heart.

    yours
    in haikai spirit,
    _kala

  2. how little
    I know of bird calls
    distant thunder

    Beautiful collection of haiku.
    Thanks Kala Ramesh.

  3. Thanks a Jangid.
    I’m so happy you liked *how little* – it is one of my favourites.
    Thanks for taking the time to post a comment here _()_

  4. Kaa Na Kalyanasundaram,

    Thanks a million _()_
    It’s indeed most kind of you to have taken the trouble to post your comment here.
    I’m truly indebted.

    yours
    in haikai spirit,
    _kala

  5. Corine,

    Thanks a million. An art form begins to live, begins to pulsate with life when it is appreciated.
    My deepest namaste _()_ to you for having taken the time to read and post your comment here and to Hidenori Hirute for having initiated this project to fruition.

    yours
    in haikai spirit,
    _kala

  6. Reblogged this on Christina Chin Haiku and commented:
    Hidenori Hiruta presents haiku by Kala Ramesh!
    Haiku gems you must read!
    World Haiku Series 2019 (88) Haiku by Kala Ramesh

  7. Congratulations Kala, so well deserved. I love them. They are such an amazing collection of poems.
    Regards,
    Christina

  8. Absolutely beautiful selection to return to many times! Wonderful, every one!

    warmest wishes
    Brendon

  9. Christina,
    Thanks a million.
    Thanks for sharing this link on your blog too. That’s a huge compliment. Deeply touched.
    _()_

  10. Brendon,
    Thanks my friend.
    Extremely kind of you to post such a complimentary comment …
    You have made my day. _()_

    warmly,
    _kala

  11. An art form begins to live, to pulsate with heartbeats when it is appreciated.
    It gladdens my heart to read all your comments and approving pats on my back, thank you dear friends and lovers of haiku.

    in gratitude,
    _()_

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