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Drops of Light
By Lakshmi Iyer & Sushama Kapur

morning star
in the dawn light
another nose ring-


opening the gift
a sparkle in her eyes      


autumn breeze
the jewel box locked
for years                     


crystal decorations
the silver wrapping


with the year ending
Christmas lights      


through chinks in shutters
  the glow

Image by Amelia Bartlett

Lakshmi Iyer, a homemaker lives in Kerala in India. She came across haiku five years ago and liked its minimalistic form, the way it could see the unread and read the unseen. She likes to live in the breath of words that speak of her observations, the experiences, inner silences and the elements of nature that resonate within her. She feels blessed to have known many senior poets in the world of haikai who have generously mentored and guided her. Her haikai poems have been published in journals and anthologies worldwide

Sushama Kapur,  an English language trainer, lives in Maharashtra, (West) India. Haiku, rengay and other Japanese forms of writing have always fascinated her but she began to seriously explore them only a few years ago. Being a part of Triveni Haikai India helped a lot and she soon began writing her own poems as well as collaborating with other poets for rengay, split haiku, tan-renga, etc. In the past few years, she has had her work featured in several well known online journals and on websites. In particular, a couple of her rengay collaborations have appeared in Failed Haiku and tandem. She looks forward to learning more in the years ahead.

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