cyclonic rains –
branches take the cobwebs
for a swing
withered field -
the echo of
mid-summer . . .
and a dying pond
take a closer look---
for two days, the same
moth on my door. . .
Ramesh is a performing vocalist in Indian Classical Music and
has given numerous concerts in India. She has published several articles
on Indian music and Indian thought. Kala has also taught creative art
in schools and has taken workshops for children for The Times of India.
Music brought Kala to haiku, tanka and senryu. Coming from an extremely
artistic and culturally rich South Indian family, she believes as her
father is fond of saying that "the soil has to be fertile for the
plant to bloom"; she also feels that she owes her poetic streak to
The proud mother of two young adults, Kala lives with her husband in Pune,
here to read Kala Ramesh's essay on Indian Haiku in this
issue of Simply
2005: Simply Haiku