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By Kala Ramesh & Billie Dee

changing room
      the child in me
studies my autumn frame


aging dancer at the barre
her deep grand plié 


practicing for hours. . . 
mannerisms of the guru
soon become her


mating damselflies
an arched bridge ripples
between lily pads


pale wandering moon
a pond’s twilight silence


midnight balcony
twin sisters counting stars
sotto voce

Image by Thought Catalog

Kala Ramesh, a Pushcart Prize nominated poet, is the Founder and Director of Triveni Haikai India, and Founder and Managing Editor of haikuKATHA Journal. Author of ‘haiku!' for children (Katha Books 2010); ‘Beyond the Horizon Beyond’ (Vishwakarma Publications) shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize in 2019. Her collection of poetry, ‘The Forest I Know’ (HarperCollins) was launched at Jaipur Literature Festival, March 2022. She has been experimenting with a fusion of japanese poetry and dohas (couplets with 24 sound units) of 15th Century saint poet, Kabir. The end-result is beautiful Tanka dohas.

Billie Dee is the former Poet Laureate of the U. S. National Library Service. A retired health care worker, she earned her doctorate from UC Irvine. Although she writes in a variety of styles, her special interest is Japaniform poetry. A native Californian, Billie now lives in the Chihuahua Desert with family and a betta fish named Ramon. She publishes both on-line and off.

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