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Summer 2007, vol 5 no 2


Parked Tadjahs*
Gillena Cox


The day after the last night of the celebration, it is shiny hot; the taxi curves at the roundabout; i too take in glimpses of the Hosay before they discard the tadjahs, until next year.

at a standstill- -
muddy boots of workmen
watching parked tadjahs


*Tadjahs are sculptures created for the Hosay festival to symbolise the tombs of martyrs at the battle of Karbala. For a little more about Hosay, see Simply Haiku, vol 3 no 2 (Summer 2005).

Gillena Cox Gillena Cox was born in 1950. A retiree, she writes as a hobby, and particularly enjoys the appreciation of things ordinary in haiku and its related forms. Her work has been published in numerous online zines (including past issues of Simply Haiku) and she hopes to publish a work of her own soon. Nature photography is also on the list of her hobby priorities. She lives on the island of Trinidad, of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Her Website 'PatchWork' is at