the butterfly
touches me with
her orange colour

—Kala Ramesh
        

About the author: Kala Ramesh is a performing vocalist in Indian Classical music. Coming from an extremely artistic and culturally rich South Indian family, Kala believes -- as her father is fond of saying -- that "the soil has to be fertile for the plant to bloom" and feels that she owes this poetic streak in her to her mother. A proud mother of two young adults, Kala lives with her husband in Pune, India.

 

Responses to the haiku for 9 June 2005 by Kala Ramesh

  1.  
    Bill Kenney (bilkny at yahoo dot com)
    2005-06-09 07:13:56
     

    pale flutter
    by the edge of sight
    butterfly

  2.  
    kate (chrismomxyz at yahoo dot com)
    2005-06-09 09:13:34
     

    open hand--
    a butterfly
    finds rest

  3.  
    john tiong chunghoo
    2005-06-09 09:49:08
     

    boy and girl watches
    butterfly kisses
    the flower

  4.  
    levon machenry
    2005-06-09 12:29:40
     

    kala,
    another fine haiku.


    mississippi sunset...
    ripple by ripple
    the river changes color

  5.  
    Josh
    2005-06-09 12:49:19
     

    i thought a haiku was three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. how does this fall into that category?

  6.  
    d f tweney (dylan at tinywords dot com)
    2005-06-09 13:26:52
     

    Read the web site: especially the page that explains haiku

  7.  
    H. Gene Murtha
    2005-06-09 17:02:15
     

    "i thought a haiku was three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. how does this fall into that category?"

    Actually, natural rhyme in a haiku is fine Josh.
    In Japan, haiku were written as 5/7/5 syllable sounds, or onji, and this is equal to about 10-11 English syllables, here, in the West.

    Haiku is also a genre.

    Gene
    PS: enjoyed your poem Kala

  8.  
    duane allbury
    2005-06-09 19:29:30
     

    on the beach in south carolina. just beautiful.
    wish ya'll was here. be home soon.
    duane

    red bikini
    i lose sight
    of the ocean


    kala, thanks for bringing to mind the impact
    of color

  9.  
    kala ramesh (nonesuch at vsnl dot net)
    2005-06-09 21:49:13
     

    The best part of tinywords haiku is that Dylan has created a platform for a healthy exchange of views.
    Yes, Duane , thanks for commenting about colours. Colours have an effect on human psyche and I read recently that the colour pink calms the mind. That is the reason that little girls wear pink more the article said!
    - kala ramesh.

  10.  
    martin
    2005-06-10 21:32:42
     

    Newark airport
    white moths on the tarmac

  11.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-06-15 09:40:41
     

    traffic slows -
    in time to see
    a small patch of marigold

  12.  
    Vasile Moldovan
    2005-08-28 12:49:20
     

    After the woman
    have changed the lipstick
    the butterfly flew up

  13.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-11-21 18:56:47
     

    these cold nights--
    before my eyes
    dance the orange butterfly, in flight

  14.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-11-27 04:05:45
     

    wintry winds -
    dance of her orange wings
    is music to me

    - kala

  15.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-04 19:36:21
     

    over the chill night air
    silence hover--
    the orange butterfly's song

  16.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-04 20:15:16
     

    hi bob,
    sorry about the dots-
    otherwise my swing gets
    blown away!


    spring breeze ~

    . . . . . s
    . . . .w - w
    . . . i - - - i
    . . n - - - - -n
    . g - - - - - - g s

    the orange butterfly along!

  17.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-05 05:46:26
     

    kala, i must remember your technique.


    asleep in the field--
    that spring breeze
    gainst my cheek
    orange butterfly wings

  18.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-05 08:40:33
     

    a zip for you!

    she touches . . and colors
    . . . my imagination . . my very heart

  19.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-05 17:07:47
     

    my soul
    head bowed in reminiscence
    the fragrance, surely she's near

  20.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-05 22:06:59
     

    poetry in flight . . the orange butterfly
    . . . flits, flutters and . . flaunts

  21.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-06 03:38:51
     

    orange butterfly
    borne on the breeze~
    her whispered words

    ever nearer

  22.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-06 04:00:59
     

    orange on orange
    i see her words
    in growing silence

  23.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-06 15:34:47
     

    daydreaming
    clouds in flight--
    orange butterfly, gainst piebald sky

  24.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-07 00:07:06
     

    hi Bob,

    the muse has deserted me ....
    my orange butterfly too!
    -kala

  25.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-08 02:33:31
     

    calliope, clio, erato, euterpe, melpomene, polyhymnia, terpsichore, thalia, & urania
    one and all may have abandoned you, in heart there's one that will eternally remain

    by what name

    orange butterfly, one and the same

  26.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-08 03:04:14
     

    well Bob-
    sounds good ... what language is that?
    you are a romantist at heart- that's for sure.


    skipping happily . . .
    kids spot that orange
    against the piebald sky

  27.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-13 21:15:06
     

    a romantist, it seems i've been eternally called.
    -------------------------------------------------


    in winter--
    field of orange
    in flight

  28.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-14 22:03:18
     

    hi bob!
    writing from hongkong!

    ups and downs
    greens and trees of winter-
    my butterfly missing

    - kala

  29.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-17 18:02:25
     

    brilliant sunrise
    one thousand and one orange butterflies--
    might one be yours

  30.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-17 19:06:11
     

    eyes await
    those 1001 butterflies
    . . . winter sun yet to arrive!

  31.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-18 06:00:28
     

    wintry sunrise--
    solitary orange butterfly
    sets the woods on fire

  32.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-18 18:44:20
     

    wild winter rose --
    orange petal falls apart
    mine is in flight!

  33.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-19 17:25:57
     

    orange petal
    falls from the dying vine--

    and spreads it's wings

  34.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-20 02:17:34
     

    owl's eye
    in the butterfly's wing
    winks as she flies

  35.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-20 12:37:49
     

    'gainst my cheek
    this hue of reddish-yellow
    light as the brush's bristles

  36.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-20 17:50:37
     

    thats a beauty, bob -

    eye to eye
    a maze of deep orange
    had van gogh's sunflowers been here?

  37.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-20 22:51:26
     

    i must thank you, kala; you first brought this delicate piece of winged-art to mind.
    ------------------

    etched cross my mind
    in winter
    her flight~

    from flower to sunflower

  38.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-21 08:13:25
     

    sunflower to sunflower
    flitting across the wave
    her orange wings

  39.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-21 20:01:49
     

    embers fade
    come dawn--
    unfurled orange butterfly wings

  40.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-22 16:43:45
     

    afternoon heat
    resting on the orchid silently
    butterfly opens and closes

  41.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-23 14:20:29
     

    amazing, your response kala. i, too, was thinking of your butterfly in a resting position, with slow pulsating wings; as though it was trying to generate more heat. most need a body temperature over 86 degrees in order to achieve flight...
    -----------------------

    chill in the air
    her orange seems so brilliant
    these days

  42.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-23 19:23:37
     

    thanks bob!i feel good.

    its funny . . . i now remember all my school days with the butterflies!
    memories - what a store house, indeed.

    she comes to school
    a butterfly pinned
    to her uniform . . ouch

  43.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-24 14:28:39
     

    live butterfly release
    memories--
    her orange wedding dress

  44.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-24 18:03:14
     

    happy christmas and a great new-year - bob.

    orange butterfly
    her sheer black eyes herald
    the coming of spring

  45.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-12-25 06:53:24
     

    "hark! the herald angels sing"-
    orange butterfly
    my winter delight
    -----------------

    happy holidays

    merry Christmas and a happy new year

    kala, to you and your family

    and to all those

    this site has provide me knowledge of...

    eternal peace


    eternally

    just me

  46.  
    kala ramesh
    2006-01-03 03:38:06
     

    powdery orange -
    her colour on the flower
    she visits

  47.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-01-04 03:48:54
     

    dawn comes
    later than usual
    lady orange

  48.  
    kala ramesh
    2006-01-04 08:25:35
     

    morning glare -
    the orange butterfly arrives
    and my gaze shifts

  49.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-01-04 19:32:17
     

    orange butterfly
    leaving the dew drenched sunflower...
    my skyward gaze

  50.  
    kala ramesh
    2006-01-05 03:24:52
     

    i watch your eyes
    follow the orange butterfly
    what patterns

  51.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-01-05 10:29:52
     

    and of my mind--

    silent orange wings
    on the cool morning breeze

  52.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-01-20 12:19:03
     

    silent steps
    on my morning path--
    fluttering orange butterfly

  53.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-03-02 11:03:06
     

    spring, looms near
    this jagged line
    down the scarred pine
    orange butterfly in flight

  54.  
    kala ramesh
    2006-03-02 11:24:05
     

    Hi Bob...
    how are you?

    it was such a plasant surprise getting this response!

    hovering over
    fresh mango blossoms
    the orange butterfly!

    -kala

  55.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-03-02 17:00:53
     

    kala, i'm enjoying each dawn, making the most of my time, while trying not to look too far into the past.
    i trust all is well with you and family.
    after hearing dft's news in january, i was fearful many had moved on.
    alas, i continue the journey i am well suited for, alone.

    ---

    heady mango blossoms
    wavering through the air
    i, too, see the orange butterfly

    ---

    my respond to this haiku continues, have you been monitoring your initial orange butterfly haiku posted in 2005...

  56.  
    kala ramesh
    2006-03-02 22:16:43
     

    Bob,

    good to hear from you!

    a lone butterfly
    waves in orange
    against the setting sun

    i am leaving for Chennai- [ my home town] tomorrow and will be back on 14th march , so till then bye.
    if you do get time .... please visit this site
    http://vcbf.ca/

    i couldn't believe my eyes!!
    warmly,
    kala

  57.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-03-09 20:00:37
     

    coming to rest
    cross the charred field of pines-
    orange butterfly

  58.  
    kala ramesh
    2006-03-16 21:20:02
     

    butterflies
    everywhere my eyes follow
    the orange one!

    kala

  59.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-03-21 14:42:37
     

    this spring
    golden green...
    on fluttering orange wings
    this butterfly

  60.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-03-23 05:46:29
     

    spring dawn
    comes early...
    this orange butterfly
    on my window sill

  61.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-04-05 19:09:53
     

    slipping through
    young tender green leaves
    this butterfly on orange wings

  62.  
    kala ramesh
    2006-04-05 19:15:55
     

    Nice one Bob!
    How are you doing?

    - kala

  63.  
    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-04-06 07:57:38
     

    good morning kala,
    things are going great this sunny spring morning; and yet, most mornings are sunny and bright in southern florida.
    i'm getting over a bout with the flu. yes, we're still susceptible to colds and the flu.

    ----


    orange butterly comes to rest
    on blossoming cherry tree bough

    ---

    cross field of green
    a sprinkling
    of snowflakes

  64.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-04-20 03:35:41
     

    coolness 'gainst my brow--

    rising before dawn
    this breeze
    from beneath orange wings

  65.  
    Kala Ramesh
    2006-04-30 08:01:42
     

    Hi Bob,

    TW is on it's wings and you must be extremely happy?

    cloudburst--
    the orange butterfly
    in the balcony!

  66.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-04-30 17:21:13
     

    kala, there was this feeling of desolation, but i took the opportunity to visualize it as inspiration, while addressing haiku(s) past.

    kala, it's strange where one can find happiness, where one least expect it; your orange butterfly immediately comes to mind.

    ---

    from darkness, my eyes
    turn towards the sunrise...
    find the orange butterfly

  67.  
    Kala Ramesh
    2006-05-01 12:30:19
     

    Hi Bob,

    You do flatter me.
    Thanks. . .

    alone on the steps
    weighing autumn blues
    orange butterfly!

    -kala

  68.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-05-02 05:03:13
     

    sunrise trail
    blooms single daffodil--
    and yet, this orange one takes flight


    kala,
    your words, exemplifying nature,
    reminded me of what's important.

    i thank you

  69.  
    Kala Ramesh
    2006-05-03 09:05:58
     

    orange butterfly:
    she enhances the whiteness
    of the champak blossoms

  70.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-05-03 13:02:11
     

    Purva-Megh

    Verse 21

     
    "half-open kadamba flowers at water's edge,   festively tinted light ash-green,  
    share the woods with deer gorging on  
    champak blossoms, trampled under foot.  
    the soil drenched by you exhales a fragrance  
    for the snuffling deer, who mark your path."  

    ---

    white champak blossoms
    turns orange
    at dawn
    her heady fragrance

  71.  
    Kala Ramesh
    2006-05-03 21:21:45
     

    Much impressed!
    You quote Indian texts and all!

    orange everywhere
    shades of orange . . .
    still this butterfly stands!

    kala

  72.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-05-04 06:19:29
     

    slow pulsating beats
    my heart this spring day--
    lady orange within reach

  73.  
    Kala Ramesh
    2006-05-10 01:47:51
     

    Good one - bob!
    I had nothing to match it - so been silent~

    -kala

  74.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-05-10 02:27:12
     

    kala,
    your honesty more than makes up for it; and there-in represents the orange butterfly's flight...


    dawn, more news
    and one commercial
    on purple flower...
    orange alights

  75.  
    Kala Ramesh
    2006-05-22 02:11:46
     

    Hi Bob,

    How are you?

    sundown
    beyond the blossoms:
    a butterfly takes flight

    -kala

  76.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-05-25 20:42:05
     

    kala,
    tonight, i return from a brief sabbatical

    ---

    this spring sunset, butterfly
    spiralling down--
    leaf in autumn colour

  77.  
    Kala Ramesh
    2006-07-03 02:33:18
     

    Hi Bob,

    How are you?
    I've been reading your other responses - they are good.

    warmly,
    kala

  78.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-07-08 10:21:14
     

    kala,
    i appreciate the assurance.

    ---

    silver bottle cap
    over the path--
    orange atop the blight

  79.  
    kala ramesh
    2007-01-01 20:11:16
     

    dozens of butterflies
    this spring morning, eyes hunger
    for my orange one

    - kala

  80.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-01-02 15:56:39
     

    spring
    somewheres...
    orange wings flutter

  81.  
    kalaramesh
    2007-01-02 16:08:06
     

    coming of spring
    with it's load of memories
    my orange butterfly!

    Hi Bob,
    How are you doing?
    I've been enjoying reading your poetic responses!
    warmly,
    kala

  82.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-01-04 04:22:50
     

    kala, life continues at such a hectic pace.
    i was lost in thought the other day, and there was the orange butterfly hastily flittering by.
    i've begun to think, lady orange unseen is akin to a day without sunshine.

    -

    sunshine
    caressing my face--
    please wait, lady orange!!!

  83.  
    kala ramesh
    2007-01-04 04:28:38
     

    ah! graceful wings
    I peer into her orangeness
    she opens still further

  84.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-01-05 03:49:25
     

    only silence
    from my lady orange--
    though i've spoken often

    -

    orange butterfly simply
    waves hello and--
    goodbye

  85.