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Where only the moon Visits
By
Shobhana Kumar, Geethanjali Rajan & Sonam Chhoki
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ancestral village…

in place of the large home 

a patch of wild grass

 

where sparrows once lived

the shadows of their echoes

  

covered in dust 

among the roadside hoardings

a lone coconut tree 

 

sharing food from the garbage 

dogs, cows and bulls

 

hurtling past 

the old stone temple

toxic truck fumes

 

village well

only the moon comes by

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Geethanjali Rajan teaches Japanese and English in Chennai, India. She is the author of a book of haikai poetry longing for sun longing for rain (Red River, 2023) and coauthor of the e-book of haikai collaborative rengay Unexpected Gift (Éditions des petits nuages, Canada, 2021) with Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan. She edits haiku at cattails and at Café Haiku.

The Japanese short form poetry resonates with Sonam Chhoki’s Tibetan Buddhist upbringing. She is inspired by her father, Sonam Gyamtsho, the architect of Bhutan’s non-monastic modern education and by her mother, Chhoden Jangmu, who taught her: “Being a girl doesn’t mean you can’t do anything.” She is the principal editor, and co-editor of haibun for the online journal of Japanese short forms, cattails. Her chapbook of haibun, The Lure of the Threshold was published in May 2021. Mapping Absences, a collaboration of haibun, tanbun and tanka prose with Mike Montreuil was published in 2019. Another collaboration of Japanese short form poetry with Geethanjali Rajan: Unexpected Gift was published in November 2021. 

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