Haiku 2018 Longlist

Vandana Parashar       Aditi Mahajan         Bindu Saxena           Debjeet Mukherjee

Divya Garg       Anila Mathew Vivek           Jagari Mukherjee      Javeria Kausar

Likha George              Shivani Dua                 Shloka Shankar        

Shobhana Kumar             Vaidyanathapuram Shankar     Drishti Nagdeo

forest retreat
the brook in step 
with wren’s song
Vandana Parashar

Moonlit night

Horns singing, starry headlights

Lovers crash

Aditi Mahajan

I smelt the flowers

Licked what butterfly had to

What else would I do?

Bindu Saxena

 

Middle of nowhere;

Few red flowers and green thorns,

Not rose but cactus!

Debjeet Mukherjee

 

Smiles in old age

Enclosing tiny finger

Rechargeable life

Divya Garg

 

But will the rose tints

Be scraped away like fish scales

Reliving heartache

Anila Mathew Vivek

Sapphire butterflies

like memories in a jar

color the skies blue

Jagari Mukherjee

 

Calm, tranquil water

with bodies in its belly-

Engulfing mirror

Javeria Kausar

 

Katua Baby

Motley demons straggle her

Violated and bashed to death

Baby, I cry hoarse for thee.

Likha George

 

Suffocation

Pangs of grief gripping tight,

Tears bring relief

Shivani Dua

 

en plein air the redness of birdsong 

Shloka Shankar

 

moon craters our fights like a sickle

Shobhana Kumar

 

The martyr sees self

Lying still, covered with wreaths,

Guns booming salute.

Vaidyanathapuram Shankar

 

Like tea,

The moon soothes me; like the sea,

It moves the poet inside me.

Drishti Nagdeo

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