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



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

5 thoughts on “Haiku 2018 Longlist

  1. Can’t help but notice some of these aren’t really haikus. Some don’t even follow the syllable count of 5/7/5. How did they make the longlist?

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