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Winter 2007, vol 5 no 4


Kala Ramesh


paddy fields—
our car passes
a milestone
a battered scarecrow turns
to a new direction
cyclonic rains
coconut leaves dip
into streetlights
  humid day . . .
as I step out of my bath
the beads of sweat
crescent moon
electric lamps outline
the temple hill

Kala Ramesh Kala Ramesh, an exponent of North Indian Classical music, took a sudden liking to haiku in 2005. Her haiku, tanka, senryu, haibun and renku, have appeared in leading e-zines and anthologies, including including The Red Moon Anthology for 2006.

Kala comes from an extremely artistic and culturally rich South Indian family and believes, as her father is fond of saying, that "the soil needs to be fertile for the plant to bloom." She feels that she owes her poetic streak to her mother. A proud mother of two young adults, Kala lives with her husband, a finance professional, in Pune, India.