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Summer 2009, vol 7 no 2


three non-stop chattering girls


every summer my father took us on a trip to Southern India with my mom and my two sisters and my little brother all jammed into a tiny Austin each of us in turn sitting on his lap and managing the steering wheel while he controlled the leg pedals and complimented us on how well we drove

mango blossoms
all over
how soon
how very soon
spring has come!


* Published in Modern English Tanka, autumn 2007


_kala Searching—the one word that seems to say everything about me. I went through the path of Indian Classical Music, first instrumental then vocal, from South Indian Classical crossed over to North Indian Classical music, performed in various cities in India. All of a sudden found myself teaching children drawing and painting, thoroughly enjoying myself. Then plunged into Yoga, Hindu Philosophy and Vipassana—and this accidentally led me to haiku in 2005, and since then it has been haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun and renku that I breathe.

It seems, the elusive path of haiku would keep me engaged for a long time. . .