A COLLECTION OF 22 HAIKUS

#1

Is that a dab of paint?

Or is it a blood splatter pattern?

Don’t stop splashing colours on that canvas.

 

#2

The home of my dreams-

Soft fleeting tears.

Marigolds in bloom.

 

#3

My mother’s smile-

Pastoral Bengal.

A pain, a pleasure.

 

#4

The song of the mynah,

Autumn breeze.

The surrounding Sahyadris of hoary days.

 

#5

Yellow dipped skies,

Earthy smell of rain,

The urban mind confused.

 

#6

Cry me tears

The monsoon smells

Of dreams gone by.

 

#7

The sound of fire

Through the stormy hearts.

Bring peace.

 

#8

Fire and ice,

The cat’s dance on the manuscript.

Gone with the wind.

 

#9

Dreamworld people.

Faces lost in cloudless nights.

Summer skies.

 

#10

The chotto ektakar shingara and the radhaballi,

Breathing furiously.

Inhabiting my childhood, my frenemies.

 

#11

The dominoes fell,

The words like torrents

It was inevitable.

 

Song of the fallen leaves

Autumn’s introverted smile

A longing.

 

#12

Squandered ideas

Words of winter’s coldness.

An abject highway of mourning.

 

#13

Cadence of morning breeze,

Lofty silences,

A cup of tea.

 

#14

Hills have dreams,

Plants wet with ideas,

An urban concrete jungle.

 

#15

Birds fly high,

Heart as heavy as sinking iron.

The dusky twilight of today.

 

#16

Scream of infinite solitude,

Enmeshed in traffic of the soul,

A faint smile.

 

#17

Nonsense of the words,

Intellectual brevity,

Foolish heartbeats.

 

#18

My body,

The lamp that burns at your altar.

It’s me.

 

#19

The flame of devotion,

A fiery chant like the thunder in the sky.

A solitary pilgrim.

 

#20

Shokol kaler shokol manusher kotha

Black smoke from the school bus,

An unfinished poem,

Morning mellow Sun.

 

#21

A millions poems,

Useless like flowers of yesterday.

A lonely rainbow and one shoe.

 

#22kalirud

In the cradle of darkness

A brave crescent,

Soft balm on my senses.

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