bed time... 
she asks if her rag doll
can stay up late



—Kala Ramesh
        

first appeared in Simply Haiku -Summer 2007, vol 5 no 2

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 12 February 2008 by Kala Ramesh

  1.  
    terrytip
    2008-02-12 10:07:23
     

    bed time...
    she asks if her rag doll
    can stay up late

    --Kala Ramesh



    she's not sleepy__
    I'll read a story to her

  2.  
    Norman Darlingon
    2008-02-12 11:21:53
     

    Excellent, Kala - you make it look so effortless!

  3.  
    Magyar (magyar0109 at aol dot com)
    2008-02-12 11:30:52
     

    Kaa-saa-ho, Kala. What a sweet, little rascal_!

    she sleeps...
    the rag dolls eyes are open
    counting stitches
    _m

  4.  
    Frances Ruth Harris
    2008-02-12 12:56:53
     

    Just so dear! Thank you, Kala.

  5.  
    h. gene murtha
    2008-02-12 13:41:33
     

    kids, they never surprise you do they?

    Lovely Kala.

  6.  
    2008-02-12 15:27:41
     

    g'day Kala

    This is beautiful.

    Peace and Love

  7.  
    lorin
    2008-02-12 15:45:43
     

    Ha! Getting around the bedtime curfew by proxy.

    Brilliant, Kala :) You've captured something very real about a little girl's cleverness, and uniquely.

    lorin

  8.  
    kala ramesh
    2008-02-12 18:45:15
     

    Dear terry,
    You're right, most probably that's what I did!!! Both my kids read a lot- so indirectly I take the credit!

    Norman- what a BIG compliment!

    Magyar and Frances- thanks a lot.

    Gene, thanks for taking time off to send in your response. I'm so happy you liked it.

    Lorin, I'll treasure your comment!
    Thanks!

    love,
    _kala

  9.  
    2008-02-12 19:44:53
     

    Congrats, Kala! Very sweet.

    midnight
    the wide eyes
    of Raggedy Ann

  10.  
    Vidur Jyoti
    2008-02-12 21:21:16
     

    wide awake
    no dreams no tears
    rag doll

  11.  
    Judith Ingram
    2008-02-12 22:07:47
     

    Kala, you always seem to capture the instant so poignantly.

    My cuddly bear
    had a zipper in her tummy
    to hold my p-js

  12.  
    Alan Summers
    2008-02-13 04:12:56
     

    Beautiful, engaging, accessible, and still resonating after I've read it! ;-)

  13.  
    L. Wilmarth
    2008-02-13 07:51:52
     

    hello kala...yes.. very well done

    cradled
    just before sleep
    a fire truck

    have a great day...larry

  14.  
    Johanna
    2008-02-13 11:28:21
     

    Kala: Your hiaku on 2/12 puts us there and is just in time for Valentine's Day. Thank you. I'm sure everyone smiles. My rag dolls were always my favorites, because they fed the imagination more...thus, my reaction.

  15.  
    laryalee
    2008-02-13 19:04:22
     

    It's nice to read this one again, Kala!
    ;)
    Lary

  16.  
    kala ramesh
    2008-02-13 23:36:02
     

    Hi Vidur,

    I like your take on this, seeing it through the eyes of the rag doll!

    Judith,
    Thanks a ton! You're always most encouraging.I smiled reading your poem!

    Alan,
    As hungry as ever, I lapped up your praises. Thank you.

    Larry, I liked your ku too, it reminded me of my son who'd start to drive a car before he goes off to sleep!!

    Johanna and Lary,
    Thanks a million!!

  17.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2008-02-17 19:47:02
     

    empty bed
    reflected in the darken window--
    breeze stirred frond

  18.  
    kala ramesh
    2008-02-17 19:56:36
     

    Beautiful response Bob.
    How we regiment our children's lives!!

    Thanks

    warmly,
    _kala

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