childhood song —
the rhythm of women
threshing grain

9 Responses

  1. harrisfr Says:


  2. Genie Nakano Says:

    I love this one. i can smell the grain and dance to the rhythm. My name is Genie Nakano

  3. Alan Summers Says:


    childhood song —
    the rhythm of women
    threshing grain


    Reminiscent of Basho's haikai verses about agrarian songs.

    I'm reminded of bird's song during certain farming activities, from the human whistles of red kites (my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's home in Buckinghamshire, England) to Queensland, Australia, with this two line haiku:

    into the evening a tractor harvests
    willywagtail song

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Azami Special Edition (Japan 1998)


  4. kalaramesh Says:

    I like it a lot, Geethanjali.
    Way to go, girl :)

  5. Geethanjali Says:

    Thank you for your kind comments, Kala, Alan, Harris and Nakano san.
    This ku is for my (late) grandparents who lived in agrarian Kerala (India) and I can still smell the grain and hear the harvest sounds four decades later!

    Alan, thank you for sharing the lovely lovely, willywagtail song.


  6. harrisfr Says:

    Humans are wired in such a fascinating way!

  7. Sheila Sondik Says:

    Very evocative. I keep going back to this haiku,

    (I haven't been to India, but I did visit my daughter in Queensland and so enjoyed the willy wagtails.)

  8. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Oh this is stunning! I thought of blues music on reading this at first, but now I see it is set in India the haiku has been transformed.


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