World Haiku Series 2022 (10) Haiku by Ashok K. Bhargava (Canada)

Haiku by Ashok K. Bhargava

between my canvas

and paintbrush

a wild parakeet 

dry jasmine tea flowers 

re-open, steeping in the pot

pour cheery promises 

life journey 

a bouquet of flowers

petals fall one at a time

holding autumn

between my palms

a bunch of dry leaves

blood-red leaves

falling with the Fall

to make spring green 

the whole sky

a garden of dark clouds

under the warm sun

mantra chants, incense aroma

miles from India 

temple bell sounds of home 

find the path

sit back

it was there all along

the murky, muddy pond

the unstained lotuses

evoke purity and beauty

a candle burns silently

it’s the light 

that talks and says it all

bee stings a honey-thief 

humans talk sweet

and rob 


Ashok Bhargava is a poet, writer, community activist, public speaker, management consultant and a keen photographer.

Based in Vancouver, he has published several collections of his poems: Riding the Tide, Mirror of Dreams, A Kernel of Truth, Skipping Stones, Half Open Door and Lost in the Morning Calm. 

His poetry has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies.

   Ashok is a Poet Laureate and poet ambassador to Japan, Korea and India. He is founder of WIN: Writers International Network Canada.

Its main objective is to inspire, encourage, promote and recognize writers of diverse genres, artists and community leaders.

He has received many accolades including Nehru Humanitarian Award for his leadership of Writers International Network Canada, Poets without Borders Peace Award for his journeys across the globe to celebrate peace and to create alliances with poets, and Kalidasa Award for creative writings.

Photos by Ashok K. Bhargava (1)

3 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2022 (10) Haiku by Ashok K. Bhargava (Canada)

  1. Ashok.

    I was arrested by this haiku:

    bee stings a honey-thief
    humans talk sweet
    and rob

    I follow a completely plant-based diet, so honey is big – No no for me.

    I would like to have your email id, please.

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