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Summer 2008, vol 6 no 2


Kala Ramesh


morning light...
with my deep breath
a cuckoo's song
a seagull lifts
the darkness
winter rain
        a cadence
to our love making
  summer moon
a wave's white foam
glazes the rock
the temple live
in birdsong

Kala Ramesh says that searching is the one word that seems to say everything about her. She went through the path of Indian Classical Music, first instrumental then vocal; switched over from South Indian Classical to North Indian Classical music, performed in various cities in India. All of a sudden, she found herself teaching children drawing and painting, and thoroughly enjoying. Then she plunged into Yoga, Hindu Philosophy and Vipassana — and this accidentally led her to haiku in 2005. Since then it has been haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun and renku that she "breathes. It seems, she says, "the elusive path of haiku would keep me engaged for a long time."