Acrylic on canvas by Rekha K Rana.

      Acrylic on canvas by Rekha K Rana.

      – 5/31/17

      Hosted by Kathabela Wilson

      This is the fifth in our series of Regional Reading haiku Poetry Corners featuring haiku poets who will be visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico in September for Haiku North America Conference, 2017*. Our corners develop from the themes highlighted by their poems and concerns.

      Here we present two wonderful poets, from near and far! Carol Judkins lives in Carlsbad, CA, and just came back from Australia. She carefully notices the regional details, animals, birds and flowers at home and abroad. Meanwhile Kala Ramesh, from Pune, India gives us an exotic, delicious taste of her homeland.

      ~ Kathabela

      Carol's Pond (Photo - Carol Judkins).

      Carol’s Pond (Photo – Carol Judkins).

      Carol Judkins

      It’s always wonderful to come home after an overseas trip. We returned from New Zealand and Australia in late March, driving from the airport to our home in Carlsbad, California. In our temperate climate, one needs to look a little harder than in other places to find seasonal changes, but some heraldings are quite spectacular.

      ground cover
      abloom at highway exits
      SoCal spring!

      Carlsbad was once a checkerboard of ranches. Some of the housing developments maintain that historical connection, as does our pastoral retirement oasis, Rancho Carlsbad. Birds, bunnies, ducks, our resident heron and other creatures keep us close to nature.

      ducks in a row
      on the way to the pond
      spring training

      Traveling also gave us a glimpse of another spring. A quick trip to Sweden in April for a family celebration revealed the edges of two seasons:

      first light…
      dust a daffodil

      Carol Judkins loves all of Japanese short form poetry. Her chapbook, at the water’s edge, received a Kanterman Merit Book Award honorable mention from the Haiku Society of America.

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      Flower (Photo - Beata Wrzal).

      Flower (Photo – Beata Wrzal).

      Kala Ramesh

      parijaat blossom …
      as kids, we shook the tree
      for raindrops

      Parijaat is the only blossom which is not plucked for morning prayers in India. We shake the tree gently and pick the fallen flowers from the ground. What a beautiful way to offer flowers to Gods and Goddesses.

      Buddha (Photo - Beata Wrzal).

      Buddha (Photo – Beata Wrzal).

      a leaf
      caught by the boulder
      I pause
      the ahimsa’s way

      (‘ahimsa’ means non-violence in Sanskrit, and as a concept, it was introduced by Mahatma Gandhi.)

      Moon (Photo - Beata Wrzal).

      Moon (Photo – Beata Wrzal).

      beach dinner
      the papad in her hand
      dwarfs the moon

      ‘papad’ is an Indian flatbread or cracker.
      Beach dinners were a monthly extravaganza during my childhood days. The famous Marina Beach in Chennai with its unending stretch of sand, sea and sky has featured in many of my haiku, tanka and haibun.

      (Photo - Beata Wrzal).

      (Photo – Beata Wrzal).

      home-ripened mangoes
      I hear my grandmother’s voice
      in my mother’s

      Riding on our passion, joy and imagination, mangoes rule the summer season and our hearts!

      Kala Ramesh writes and teaches haiku, tanka, haibun and renku to children, undergrads and senior citizens. An editor of five journals, she is also an external faculty member of the Symbiosis International University Pune since 2012, where she teaches Japanese short forms of poetry to undergrads – a first in her country.

      Kala will present her book, “beyond the horizon beyond” at the Haiku North America conference, and present this program: “Dance Your Way Through earthtones — Kala Ramesh & Preethi Ramprasad.”  A recital of dance and haiku reading that highlights the synergy between an Indian classical dancer and a haiku poet. A selection of haiku from Naad Anunaad: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku, written by authors from all over the world, will be read aloud by Kala, then interpreted through Preethi’s abhinaya (body and facial expression), a beautiful idiom of the Indian classical dance style called bharatanatyam.

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      *The Regional Reading will be performed live at the conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in September, 2017, led by Kathabela Wilson. The dramatic presentation will be accompanied by Rick Wilson on flutes of the various regions. Poets from Australia, India, Canada, United States, and many other regions will be presenting. Look for their haiku in future Poetry Corners. See the newly updated program as it develops here.

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      Tree of flowers, sweeping in India (Photo - Kathabela Wilson).

      Tree of flowers, sweeping in India (Photo – Kathabela Wilson).

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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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      1. BEATA WRZAL says:

        Great Idea, Kathabela. The reader enjoys all the great work by the best haiku poets and also learns about different cultures, experiences, memories , lifestyles… I loved all pages, especially the last one as India is very close to my heart.

      2. susandiri says:

        dear Poets, thanks for your views & love of our diverse worlds–a joy!!

      3. kalaramesh says:

        Thank you so much, Kathabela for featuring my work here. It’s a beautiful corner you’ve created! _()_

        My special thanks to Beata Wrzal for all those lovely pictures she lent to us for this project. _()_

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