herbal massage-
I inhale the warm breath
she exhales


—Kala Ramesh

First appeared in Frogpond - Winter 07 issue

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 24 July 2007 by Kala Ramesh

    Bill Kenney
    2007-07-24 07:14:03

    Delightfully sensuous, kala.

    Angelika Wienert
    2007-07-24 08:31:58

    Well done, Kala!

    Andrea (andrea dot cecon at gmail dot com)
    2007-07-24 09:01:18

    I can smell it... well done Kala: a real masterpiece!

    2007-07-24 09:09:48

    Grand; here, one could (in error, as did I) insert the word -message- and recieve the same feelings! _M

    Alan Summers
    2007-07-24 09:10:53


    Powerfully sensuous.

    A very very strong haiku, and quite unusual, and literally comes off the page.

    Susan Constable
    2007-07-24 09:48:07

    I haven't seen this one, Kala, and it's lovely! I can smell the beautiful aroma and envy you the experience. :-)

    Josh Wikoff
    2007-07-24 10:04:06


    thank you kala!

    Felica Sah
    2007-07-24 13:52:07

    Kala - I have been reading your work for a few years now and I am always more impressed as time goes on. You are so very gifted. This haiku is just fantastic! Bravo to you!!!

    kala ramesh
    2007-07-24 17:02:12

    Your comment made me smile!

    Thanks Angelika!

    I loved your word "masterpiece"

    Magyar even I tried that trick,it worked!

    Alan, your words touched me deeply. Thanks a ton

    Thanks Susan! Happened in Goa,2 years back

    Josh- ahhhh!


    Maha thanks
    Oh no! I write bad ones too, frankly speaking I think the credit should go to Dylan for choosing the best!

    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2007-07-25 10:42:50

    I think that this poem is a very well haiku about the reading of haiku. Here is my reply:

    In the spa
    breathing, pause, expiration...
    reading a haiku book

    2007-07-26 16:08:29

    Such a relaxed and peaceful moment, Kala!

    2007-07-27 06:41:08

    Ezquisite! A lovely haiku, Kala.

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-08-02 05:20:04

    good morning kala-
    your words reminded me of a poem written for a friend, long since forgotten.

    "...in her flight
    i'd dare, if she were but air
    to breath her in..."


    mental massage--
    remembering the saltiness
    in her velvety tear

    kala ramesh
    2007-08-08 08:53:14

    How are you? Thanks

    I value your comments Lary. Thankyou

    I'm so please you could relate to this poem. I visited your site!
    Enjoyed reading your work.

    Hi Bob,
    Thanks a ton.
    Both your verses are beautiful

    "...in her flight
    i'd dare, if she were but air
    to breath her in..."


    mental massage--
    remembering the saltiness
    in her velvety tear

    Manu Kant
    2007-11-03 02:41:53

    Hello Ms. Kala Ramesh!

    I've read many of your Haiku on www.tinywords.com. You are a true Zen poet of which I think we hardly have many in India.

    I've also written Haiku & I'd be truly OBLIGED if you could give me valuable tips on HAIKU writing & be my critic.

    Please do reply.


    Manu Kant

    kala ramesh
    2007-11-03 03:01:36

    Hi Manu,

    Thank you for this sweet mail!
    I'm a student of haiku too, it's an art form like any other, and a life long pursuit.
    I can help you, of course.
    Please write to me at kalaramesh8 at gmail dot com.

    We are holding The 9th World Haiku Festival India at Bangalore, on 23 rd to 25th February - 08
    It would be great if you could join us?
    Do write to me.