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THE LONE MUSHROOM AND OTHER HAIKU

THE LONE MUSHROOM AND OTHER HAIKU

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Published by Ram Krishna Singh
HAIKU: RAM KRISHNA SINGH, India

1

after the sunset
wheels of a returning cart
along the paddy


2

sea waves
roll from faraway
white peaks


3

traveling back
from the waves of bliss
a foam-leap


4

seeking smell
in cactus flowers:
late monsoon

5

sunrise
behind the temple
cloud’s edge

6

hanging
door protector—
Buddha

7

wiping his face
under the umbrella
an old man with books

8

reshuffling the shelves
it’s only dust, in alleys
sneezing scholarship

9

falling leaves--
a sheet of autumn
in the courtyard

10

the blue white dapples
on the canvas seeing
the eye of silence

11

on a cycle
he sells bouquets and roses
peddling dream

12

a dead leaf hangs
by a spider’s thread
invisible in sun

13

a load of wood
on her frail back—
autumn evening

14

on a sheet of ice
the chick trying to free itself
from its mother’s claws

15

after cleaning
the maid leaves behind
an oily smell

16

the lone mushroom—
a pregnant woman
stares out of the window

17

vultures waiting for
the remains of sacrifice
on the temple tree

18

chrysanthemum
on a mossy roof
deeply rooted

19

night bombing
oleander garden
white as death

20

all night rain
the gaping roof
her shelter

21

moving shadows
in the silence of the room—
windows rattle

22

a dead voice
calling up at dawn:
drowsy eyes




23

still fresh
in the hanky’s fold—
jasmine

24

her presence
some alien sensation
in my veins

25

stoops to set
pleats of her saree
mid-August

26

after the party
empty chairs in the lawn
now moon and I

27

two lizards
inside the switchboard
turned on

28

ahead of us –
racing hyacinths
in the river

29

baked and cracked
the sugarcane field
melts into mud

30

suspended
on the spider’s web
a white flower

31

a butterfly rests
on the butterfly tattooed
on her sunning back

32

enveloping
all of the moon at night—
white chrysanthemums

33

safe from sun
under nascent leaf
a small fish





34

peeling paint
from the drawing room—
shadows flicker

35

a crescent
in the western horizon—
missing the moon

36

pausing between bites
on the guava tree
the parrots

37

a yellow snake
slithers on the grass—
dewy trail of love

38

moving between
the fingers of a toddler
the first winter rain

39

the wax drips
down the long hard candle—
a soft hum

40

taking a nap
on oranges in his shop—
a fruit vendor

41

switching on
the hearing aid:
wife’s warm soup

42

wet bodies
of bathing women—
full moon night

43

her lone grief
melts in the candle wax
evening’s dark floor

44

a pregnant clown
on the squalid mattress—
crying inside





45

gulmohar tree
a girl with lilac
awaits a rickshaw

46

lust in mirror
models in lingerie:
winter rain

47

her fingers push
the roots into the earth—
touch-me-not

48

the perfume
from her armpits—
yoga

49

a snake’s dead skin
near the fence:
she stands unmoving

50

after the tumble
buried between the sheets
leftover passion

51

the bed is short
and the covering shorter—
crouching alone

52

fingers feel
decaying fireflies
in lamplight

53

pigeons fly
for shelter through smoke—
blazing windows

54

looking for shade
under the shapeless cloud
a rag picker

55

alone
the cell phone on her bed
rings





56

bedside—
our night clothes
await washing

57

seeking for
the white of the sky
in your closed eyes

58

shell-shocked or frozen
he stands in tears on hilltop
craving nirvana

59

a moth
struggling for life
on wire

60

measures loneliness
sip by sip
at dining table

61

in the well
studying her image
a woman

62

filling
emptiness of the room
with ikebana

63

shaking the hand—
couldn’t part with the henna
on her palms

64

between virgin curves
he deep breathes evening mist
rests in the hollow

65

no letters today—
addresses of his dead friends
graying in diary

66

a lamp on the river—
the breast in bridal grace
waving in the gloaming





67

her smile
arrival of spring
at the bower

68

staring at each other
two fishes in half-filled tank
ready for truce

69

greeting the first rains
after months of s
HAIKU: RAM KRISHNA SINGH, India

1

after the sunset
wheels of a returning cart
along the paddy


2

sea waves
roll from faraway
white peaks


3

traveling back
from the waves of bliss
a foam-leap


4

seeking smell
in cactus flowers:
late monsoon

5

sunrise
behind the temple
cloud’s edge

6

hanging
door protector—
Buddha

7

wiping his face
under the umbrella
an old man with books

8

reshuffling the shelves
it’s only dust, in alleys
sneezing scholarship

9

falling leaves--
a sheet of autumn
in the courtyard

10

the blue white dapples
on the canvas seeing
the eye of silence

11

on a cycle
he sells bouquets and roses
peddling dream

12

a dead leaf hangs
by a spider’s thread
invisible in sun

13

a load of wood
on her frail back—
autumn evening

14

on a sheet of ice
the chick trying to free itself
from its mother’s claws

15

after cleaning
the maid leaves behind
an oily smell

16

the lone mushroom—
a pregnant woman
stares out of the window

17

vultures waiting for
the remains of sacrifice
on the temple tree

18

chrysanthemum
on a mossy roof
deeply rooted

19

night bombing
oleander garden
white as death

20

all night rain
the gaping roof
her shelter

21

moving shadows
in the silence of the room—
windows rattle

22

a dead voice
calling up at dawn:
drowsy eyes




23

still fresh
in the hanky’s fold—
jasmine

24

her presence
some alien sensation
in my veins

25

stoops to set
pleats of her saree
mid-August

26

after the party
empty chairs in the lawn
now moon and I

27

two lizards
inside the switchboard
turned on

28

ahead of us –
racing hyacinths
in the river

29

baked and cracked
the sugarcane field
melts into mud

30

suspended
on the spider’s web
a white flower

31

a butterfly rests
on the butterfly tattooed
on her sunning back

32

enveloping
all of the moon at night—
white chrysanthemums

33

safe from sun
under nascent leaf
a small fish





34

peeling paint
from the drawing room—
shadows flicker

35

a crescent
in the western horizon—
missing the moon

36

pausing between bites
on the guava tree
the parrots

37

a yellow snake
slithers on the grass—
dewy trail of love

38

moving between
the fingers of a toddler
the first winter rain

39

the wax drips
down the long hard candle—
a soft hum

40

taking a nap
on oranges in his shop—
a fruit vendor

41

switching on
the hearing aid:
wife’s warm soup

42

wet bodies
of bathing women—
full moon night

43

her lone grief
melts in the candle wax
evening’s dark floor

44

a pregnant clown
on the squalid mattress—
crying inside





45

gulmohar tree
a girl with lilac
awaits a rickshaw

46

lust in mirror
models in lingerie:
winter rain

47

her fingers push
the roots into the earth—
touch-me-not

48

the perfume
from her armpits—
yoga

49

a snake’s dead skin
near the fence:
she stands unmoving

50

after the tumble
buried between the sheets
leftover passion

51

the bed is short
and the covering shorter—
crouching alone

52

fingers feel
decaying fireflies
in lamplight

53

pigeons fly
for shelter through smoke—
blazing windows

54

looking for shade
under the shapeless cloud
a rag picker

55

alone
the cell phone on her bed
rings





56

bedside—
our night clothes
await washing

57

seeking for
the white of the sky
in your closed eyes

58

shell-shocked or frozen
he stands in tears on hilltop
craving nirvana

59

a moth
struggling for life
on wire

60

measures loneliness
sip by sip
at dining table

61

in the well
studying her image
a woman

62

filling
emptiness of the room
with ikebana

63

shaking the hand—
couldn’t part with the henna
on her palms

64

between virgin curves
he deep breathes evening mist
rests in the hollow

65

no letters today—
addresses of his dead friends
graying in diary

66

a lamp on the river—
the breast in bridal grace
waving in the gloaming





67

her smile
arrival of spring
at the bower

68

staring at each other
two fishes in half-filled tank
ready for truce

69

greeting the first rains
after months of s

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HAIKU: RAM KRISHNA SINGH, India
1after the sunsetwheels of a returning cartalong the paddy2sea wavesroll from farawaywhite peaks3traveling back from the waves of blissa foam-leap4seeking smellin cactus flowers:late monsoon5sunrise behind the templecloud’s edge6hangingdoor protector— Buddha7wiping his faceunder the umbrellaan old man with books8reshuffling the shelvesit’s only dust, in alleyssneezing scholarship9falling leaves--a sheet of autumnin the courtyard10the blue white dappleson the canvas seeingthe eye of silence11on a cyclehe sells bouquets and roses peddling dream
 
12a dead leaf hangs by a spider’s threadinvisible in sun13a load of woodon her frail back— autumn evening14on a sheet of icethe chick trying to free itself from its mother’s claws15after cleaningthe maid leaves behindan oily smell16the lone mushroom— a pregnant womanstares out of the window17vultures waiting for the remains of sacrificeon the temple tree18chrysanthemumon a mossy roof deeply rooted19night bombingoleander gardenwhite as death20all night rainthe gaping roof her shelter 21moving shadowsin the silence of the room— windows rattle22a dead voicecalling up at dawn:drowsy eyes
 
23still freshin the hanky’s fold—  jasmine24her presencesome alien sensationin my veins25stoops to set pleats of her sareemid-August26after the partyempty chairs in the lawnnow moon and I27two lizardsinside the switchboardturned on28ahead of us – racing hyacinthsin the river 29 baked and crackedthe sugarcane fieldmelts into mud30suspendedon the spider’s weba white flower 31a butterfly restson the butterfly tattooedon her sunning back 32envelopingall of the moon at night— white chrysanthemums33safe from sununder nascent leaf a small fish

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