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Sunday, March 15, 2015

a new moon sky

Sparkling Stars #20, Kala Ramesh's "a new moon sky"

Credits: Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh is an Indian, classical musician, who has worked extensively on Pandit Kumar Gandharva’s style under Mrs. Shubhada Chirmulay for over 15 years, and has performed professionally in several major Indian cities.  A recently turned haiku poet (since 2005), Kala writes haiku, tanka, senryu, haibun and renku, and her work has appeared in leading e-zines and anthologies all over the world.  Kala, as director of the World Haiku Club in India, organised with the co-operation of its members, the four-day 9th World Haiku Festival at Bangalore in February 2008, which was sponsored jointly by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji and Sri Ratan Tata Trust. Kala is a member of the editorial team of Modern English Tanka Press’s new anthology, Take Five: The Best Contemporary Tanka 2008/2009/2010, is on the panel of the literary e-journal Muse India, for the areas of haiku and short verse Since April 2009, Kala has been the Poetry Editor at Katha, a renowned New Delhi publishing house. In this capacity, she compiled and edited the first ever ebook of haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka and haiga written by thirty five Indian poets. Currently, she is also the lead poet (sabaki) of a Kasen renku with six other international renkujin: experimenting and incorporating the traditional renku with the famed Rasa Theory of India, comprising the nine emotions prevalent in all Indian art forms (which consists of nine rasas or essence, namely: erotic, comic, sorrow, anger, valour, fear, disgust, wonder and tranquillity, traditionally known as the nava rasas).

Kala has written wonderful haiku (and tanka) and it was almost a "mission impossible" to choose from her haiku, but I (Chèvrefeuille) succeeded I (Chèvrefeuille)think. I (Chèvrefeuille)have a wonderful haiku selected for your inspiration.

the child-like joy
seeing a star streak
a new moon sky

© Kala Ramesh

And here is my (Chèvrefeuille's) haiku inspired on her second haiku:

spring breeze
directs the wind chimes
ah! that sweet sound

© Chèvrefeuille

Now for my response.

light from shooting star
ignites children's reverie
moondust and fireflies

©  Janice Adcock 2015

It took neither a shooting star nor a new moon to excite the boys.  There were no fireflies in the area where they lived.  Anticipation built throughout the day as a container with air holes was prepared.  The promise of lightning bugs or fireflies seemed like something from another world.

Finally it was twilight.  One magical flash by the fish pond and the chase began. Squealing and running the two grabbed, missed, accidentally squished and thoroughly enjoyed grandma's and grandpa's yard. A yard designed to attract butterflies, birds and best of all kids' squeals.

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


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