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Winter 2007, vol 5 no 4
 

TANKA

Kala Ramesh
 

freedom
as yet unknown
earthbound I exist. . .
flitting through time and space
a kite flirts with the wind

 

strands of jasmine
cover the bride's face
I see her eyes
kohl-lined and frightened
between the wilting flowers

 

lurking in me
these pellets of desire
from the past
will they shoot like rockets
into the future?

 

my mind dwells
on life's patchwork
I see
the good the bad
and the ugly in me

 

an ebb tide
hugging my knees
I sit to enjoy
this quiet moment
with my self

 


Kala Ramesh Kala Ramesh, an exponent of North Indian Classical music, took a sudden liking to haiku in 2005. She has won four haiku awards. Her work has appeared in leading e-zines and anthologies. Kala comes from an artistic and culturally rich South Indian family. She believes, as her father is fond of saying, that "the soil needs to be fertile for the plant to bloom" and feels that she owes this poetic streak to her mother. A proud mother of two young adults, Kala lives with her husband in Pune, India.