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Autumn 2006, vol 4 no 3

HAIBUN

SUMMER SNOW
Kala Ramesh

 

caught unaware-
the thickness of rain
on the road

I see her pack the bare minimum . . . "I don't need more, Ma," she says emphatically. "I need to carry that load, you understand?"

It's a Himalayan trek of 12 days; you need to take some medicines--some energy food. What do you think the organizers will provide?

She keeps packing--almost nothing.

I get a call from her from the base camp at Kulu Manali. In spite of bad connectivity, I can sense her excitement. She's at 4,500 ft. "It's tough; I hope I have the will-power," she says haltingly.

Next, she calls from 11,000 ft. "Ma, I'm holding snow in my hands."
"Ho!" She says casually, "It's just like our freezer box!"

She calls from 13, 500 ft. "Ma, we've reached Saurkundi Pass. From here I can see the highest peak of the Himalayas. I've climbed 13,500 ft. above sea level, Ma. It's snow everywhere."

She calls from 8,000 ft. "Ma, we slid down the snow. It was such fun that five of us climbed up again to slide down once more!"

I see the great Himalayas through her eyes.

mango moon--
a squirrel's half eaten fruit
nestles in the earth


Kala Ramesh A vocalist in Indian classical music, Kala Ramesh has taken to haiku recently and claims that she is addicted to this form of expression. Her work [Haiku, Tanka and Haibun] has been published in Simply Haiku, bottle rockets, Frogpond, Ribbons, Lynx, Haiku Harvest, Tinywords, World Haiku Review, Loch Raven Review, Contemporary Haibun Online, Mainichi, Asahi.com and India Saijiki.

She lives with her husband in Pune.