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A Hundred Gourds 4:4 September 2015

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Still Leaves

still leaves...
only the hill stream
rushing

Raamesh

just the voice
of the invisible bird

Rohini

in the attic
rethreading grandma's
peacock feather fan

Raamesh

outside the window
the first glow of dawn

Rohini

***



Yet Another Hello

thunder at noon
a forest of bright
umbrellas

Rohini

sheltering in the porch
you and I

Raamesh

the neighbor's
quarrel spilling out
into the street

Rohini

with the doorbell
yet another hello

Raamesh



Both yotsumono emerged from monthly meetings of our little group of haiku enthusiasts in Mumbai. Neither follows any of the definite schema as laid out by John Carley, but both nevertheless follow the basic ground rules of renku composition. Both are uniquely rooted in the urban, Indic culture of Mumbai. The first, still leaves, is a city's dream through a summer's night, and thus the transition from a hill stream to the emerging dawn. The second, yet another hello, weaves through a day in Mumbai's busy life, through love, war and longing.

Raamesh Gowri Raghavan, M.S.(I.I.Sc.), B.Sc. (Mumbai)


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