Simply Haiku: An E-Journal of Haiku and Related Forms
September-October 2004, vol. 2, no. 5

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Madan G. Gandhi: Haiku

A contrite heart,  
no less sacred than Kaaba,  
no less than manas lake. From its arctic home
  a choir is coming,
  time for the spring ball
Swallows at my door,  
a choir,  
the ambrosial hour. The lotus
  within my crown,
  a million moons.
What beauty  
in spangled silence  
moon-lit?  

Yayati Madan G. Gandhi was born in 1940 in Lahore, India. He received degrees in English (MA) and political science (MA, PhD), and was associated with a number of universities as professor and administrator, including being Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Director for the Center for Third World Studies and Research at Maharashi Dayanand University in Rohtak.

In 1961, he won the Tagore Award in Poetry. He is the Founder and President of the Poetry Society of India, and he is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, including Haikus and Quatrains, Enchanting Flute, and The Imperiled Earth, the latter of which makes a plea against environmental degradation.

Dr. Gandhi is also a painter and designer, and his work has been exhibited in galleries in Cambridge, England, and in Delhi, India.

At present Dr. Gandhi is the editor of Earth Vision, a quarterly Journal of Gandhi Earth Vision Foundation. He is also the editor of South Asia News Letter, and of the Collected Works of Lala Lajpat Rai--a Government of India funded research project under Servants of the People Society, founded by Lala Lajpat Rai.