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Autumn 2008, vol 6 no 3
 

HAIKU

Gautam Nadkarni

 

clouded sky
in the light of fireflies
this temple path
 
   
  on the giant banyan
a tree house dad built
spring morning
   
memories
of a childhood friend
winter grave
 
   
  at home—
only the mosquitoes
for company
 
veranda breeze —
scent of wild roses
from next door
 
   

Gautam Nadkarni is a 52 year old artist, living in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. Although he has a degree in chemistry from Bombay University, he was always fascinated with literature and fine art. He has been writing free verse for many years but stumbled upon haiku poetry on the Internet quite by accident. Simply Haiku was the first haiku journal he read, and after reading it last year he was "snared." His haiku and senryu have been published in Frogpond, Mainichi Haiku Column, Stylus, Lynx, Paper Wasp, Wisteria, Bottle Rockets, Asahi Haiku Column and elsewhere. He says that writing haiku is more than a hobby for him...it is an obsession!