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I am You

autumn nightfall

the oneness of being

in being

I read and reread Hannah Arendt's comments on forgiveness, the only act that is not a re-action, and which therefore frees both the one who forgives and the one who is forgiven. I mull this over. I want to get it right quickly, so animosity doesn’t get rooted in my psyche. Even a residue of bitterness lurking somewhere in me shouldn't be taken to the burial grounds.


knowing what it means

to hold an empty bowl

Image by Aron Visuals


I can easily accept when the night is silent.
The birds in the sky are silent too – but that doesn’t bother me.
When my baby sleeps – the world around her is silent and I even relish it.

But your silence kills from within.


hourglass —
all the sand heaped
at the bottom   

Kala Ramesh.webp

Kala Ramesh, a Pushcart Prize nominated poet, is the Founder and Director of Triveni Haikai India, and Founder and Managing Editor of haikuKATHA Journal. Author of ‘haiku!' for children (Katha Books 2010); ‘Beyond the Horizon Beyond’ (Vishwakarma Publications) shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize in 2019. Her collection of poetry, ‘The Forest I Know’ (HarperCollins) was launched at Jaipur Literature Festival, March 2022. She has been experimenting with a fusion of japanese poetry and dohas (couplets with 24 sound units) of 15th Century saint poet, Kabir. The end-result is beautiful Tanka dohas.

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