A Selection of Tanka

Posted: February 23, 2015 in Uncategorized
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1.

ruches of pink

ruffle the setting sun . . .

you look at me

one last time before

saying goodbye

-First published in Atlas Poetica, cusp of dawn – 25 Indian poets, Ed. by Kala Ramesh, November 2014

2.

the breath

of autumn on my cheek

a year later

it feels the same

without you

-First published in red lights, January 2015

3.

a solitary

star burns brighter

than the rest…

the story of my life

in these constellations

-First published in Moonbathing, Issue #11, 2014

4.

a blue sky

bursts into silence…

these aches

feel so familiar now

as I let them go

-First published in Frameless Sky, Issue #1, 2014

5.

a woodpecker

drumming in the woods…

this constant

reminder to chop down

redundancies

-First published in Undertow Tanka Review, Issue #3, 2014

6.

strolling

along the beach…

I ask myself

questions only you

can answer

-First published in Undertow Tanka Review, Issue #3, 2014

7.

winter dusk

exhales a poem…

I do not

sit on monuments

waiting for my muse

– First published in Undertow Tanka Review, Issue #3, 2014

8.

shades of grey

paint thunderstorm clouds…

is it folly

to think that this too

shall pass?

-First published in The Bamboo Hut, 2014

9.

a jaundiced moon

looks down upon me tonight…

when will I

stop comparing myself

to the others?

-First published in A Hundred Gourds, December 2014

10.

under the elm

I count broken promises

by rote…

learning to unlearn

each one of them

-First published in the Undertow Tanka Review, Issue #1, August 2014

11.

rainbow hued kites

dot the sky…

deep inside

a longing bursts forth

in search of him

-Won Third Prize in the DIOGEN Spring Contest, 2014

12.

dreaming

of woodland creatures…

I realize

how futile it is

to grow up

-First published in bottle rockets, Issue #31, August 2014

13.

the place

where you and I

seldom meet

I’ve heard

the grass is greener

-First published in bottle rockets, Issue #31, August 2014

14.

yellowed leaves

rustle under my feet…

losing sight

of myself, I wander

into myself

-First published in red lights, June 2014

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A Selection of Haiku

Posted: February 23, 2015 in HAIKU

1.

autumn deepens…

the family portrait hangs

from a rusty nail

-First published in the Living Haiku Anthology, 2014

2.

gramophone the sur and taal of this rain

-First published in Under the Basho, Fall 2014

3.

fruit flies

the decay of what

we were

-First published in Prune Juice, July 2014

4.

hiding me from myself charades

– First published in bottle rockets, Issue #31, August 2014 & re-printed in Faces and Places, an anthology edited by Don Baird, January 2015

5.

shooting star…

too many things

to wish for

-First published in Under the Basho, Fall 2014

6.

equalizer

the steady rhythm

of raindrops

-First published in cattails, September 2014

7.

lying still

the colours of autumn

drift past my window

-First published in Gems: an anthology of haiku, senryu & sedoka, 2014

8.

the faded scent

of origami petals…

late winter

-First published in Gems: an anthology of haiku, senryu & sedoka, 2014

9.

early monsoon…

the taste of petrichor

in my chai

-First published in Issa’s Untidy Hut, 2014

10.

lantern festival…

a part of me still

left behind

-First published in cattails, September 2014

11.

cow’s lick

making the same mistakes

over and over

-First published in cattails, September 2014

12.

origami moon…

so many lies tucked

into the night

-First published in Frozen Butterfly, October 2014

13.

Schrödinger’s moth stares back at me

-First published in Moongarlic, Issue 3, November 2014

14.

losing itself a shadow of doubt

-First published in Under the Basho, Fall 2014

15.

zooming in and out of focus a wasp

-First published in bottle rockets, Issue #32, 2015

16.

dog-eared the scent of my solitude

-First published in Faces and Places, an anthology edited by Don Baird, January 2015

17.

mnemonic

all the things

I’m supposed to forget

-First published in Whispers, January 2015

An Album of Haiga

Posted: February 16, 2015 in HAIGA
silent prayer ...the echo of my hollow self

silent prayer
…the echo of my
hollow self

First published in ‘Daily Haiga’ – http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/1399/-silent-prayer-by-shloka-shankar-india

Christmas eve… we wear our smiles on our sleeves

Christmas eve…
we wear our smiles
on our sleeves

First published in ‘Daily Haiga’ – http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/1502/-christmas-eve-by-shloka-shanlar-australia

withered leaf... will it always be this hard to let go?

withered leaf…
will it always be this hard
to let go?

First published in Issue 1 of ‘Neesah Magazine’

sandcastles... still afraid of dreaming too much

sandcastles…
still afraid of dreaming
too much

First published in the DVD journal, ‘Frameless Sky’ – December 2014.

cloudless skies shimmer on the lake... if only  my silence was even half as understood

cloudless skies
shimmer on the lake…
if only
my silence was even
half as understood

First published in ‘cattails’ – September, 2014 http://www.unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/Haiga%202.jpg

cockatoo... his last words still haunt me

cockatoo…
his last words still
haunt me

First published in ‘A Hundred Gourds’ – December, 2014

the dull thrum of lights cityscape

the dull thrum of lights cityscape

Haiku first published in ‘Daily Haiku’ – Cycle 18, Fall-Winter 2014.

cockatoo... his last words still haunt me First published in 'A Hundred Gourds' - December, 2014  http://www.ahundredgourds.com/ahg41/haiga06.html

cockatoo…
his last words still
haunt me

First published in ‘A Hundred Gourds’ – December, 2014
http://www.ahundredgourds.com/ahg41/haiga06.html

now and then the sound of dreams afloat First published in the DVD journal, 'Frameless Sky' - December 2014.

now and then the sound of dreams afloat

First published in the DVD journal, ‘Frameless Sky’ – December 2014.

First published in Issue 4 of the 'Undertow Tanka Review'  http://undertowtankareview.blogspot.in/2015/01/undertow-tanka-review-issue-4_13.html

First published in Issue 4 of the ‘Undertow Tanka Review’

http://undertowtankareview.blogspot.in/2015/01/undertow-tanka-review-issue-4_13.html

A combination of haiga and haibun! First published in 'Prune Juice', Nov. 2014.  https://prunejuice.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/nov-14-prune-juice-final-version3.pdf

A combination of haiga and haibun!
First published in ‘Prune Juice’, Nov. 2014.

https://prunejuice.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/nov-14-prune-juice-final-version3.pdf

scrabble all the whys in my life First published in Issue 15 of 'Haigaonline'  http://www.haigaonline.com/issue15-2/challenge/album/slides/Shloka Shankar.html

scrabble
all the whys
in my life
First published in Issue 15 of ‘Haigaonline’

http://www.haigaonline.com/issue15-2/challenge/album/slides/Shloka Shankar.html

sepia moon i dream in TECHNICOLOR First published in 'Under the Basho', Fall 2014  http://underthebasho.com/current-issue/concrete-haiku/1370-shloka-shankar.html

sepia moon i dream in TECHNICOLOR
First published in ‘Under the Basho’, Fall 2014

http://underthebasho.com/current-issue/concrete-haiku/1370-shloka-shankar.html

sultry afternoon... lost in a maze  of longings I dissolve into fifty shades of blue First published in the 'Undertow Tanka Review' - http://undertowtankareview.blogspot.in/2014/08/undertow-tanka-review-issue-1_85.html

sultry afternoon…
lost in a maze
of longings
I dissolve into
fifty shades of blue

First published in the ‘Undertow Tanka Review’ – http://undertowtankareview.blogspot.in/2014/08/undertow-tanka-review-issue-1_85.html

darkness visible a firefly burns itself out First published in 'Daily Haiga' - http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/1423/-darkness-by-shloka-shankar-india

darkness visible a firefly burns itself out

First published in ‘Daily Haiga’ – http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/1423/-darkness-by-shloka-shankar-india

Mother’s Day someone asks us if we’re twins First published in 'Daily Haiga' - http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/1439/mother-s-day-by-shloka-shankar-india

Mother’s Day
someone asks us
if we’re twins

First published in ‘Daily Haiga’ – http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/1439/mother-s-day-by-shloka-shankar-india

my glass half-full the weight of all these years settles down First published in 'Daily Haiga' - http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/1461/-my-glass-half-full-by-shloka-shankar-india

my glass half-full
the weight of all these years
settles down

First published in ‘Daily Haiga’ – http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/1461/-my-glass-half-full-by-shloka-shankar-india

first day of school... a monarch butterfly spreads its wings

first day of school…
a monarch butterfly
spreads its wings

First published in Issue 1 of ‘Neesah Magazine’

late summer... watching a dog chase its tail

late summer…
watching a dog chase
its tail

First published in ‘A Hundred Gourds’ Issue 3:4 September 2014 http://www.ahundredgourds.com/ahg34/haiga06.html

spring breeze nowhere now here

spring breeze nowhere now here

First published in ‘Tanshi Art’ – http://tanshiart.weebly.com/shloka-shankar.html

Preview : Rendezvous

Posted: February 10, 2015 in Special updates

Rendezvous :

The year had begun quite perplexingly. Things had taken a turn for the worse when we decided that we would not see each other again. I did not know if I had made the right decision. But now, a month later, as fate would have it, I had reluctantly acceded to his request. My head was a whirlwind of thoughts that made me writhe anxiously, as I twiddled my fingers in expectation of his arrival.

I wondered if he would show up at all. We had decided that he would to go to office during the latter half of the day, while I would bunk college and sneak out of the house in the morning. We wished to meet and resolve our differences and abate the monster within me. I had grown to believe that breaking up was the right thing to do, while he assured me it was not.

At five to 8.00, I saw him emerge from the main road as he sharply turned towards the spot where my car was awkwardly parked. The engine was humming under the bonnet while my heart raced. I had almost forgotten how he looked. Often, rash behaviour and unkind words don’t erase themselves easily. Mine was a conscious effort to forget him and move on. His, was to apologise and never let me go.

It was a game that my heart and mind were playing –  a game which got the better of me. I cringed as I saw him smile, and realized how badly things had changed in so little time. He was trying to be himself, while I felt like a nervous ferret that was about to be exterminated.

The previous evening, it was….

Cover- Chronicles of Urban Nomads

Brief review by Winged Post :
Rendezvous by Shloka Shankar is an ordinary tale made extra-ordinary by her powerful narration. The scene described in the story could have happened in anyone’s life. Yet, the thoughts and ideas expressed by the pair in the story and the issues concerning relationships dealt in the story make this an interesting read. It is the author’s skill that has brought out the story well.

The Chronicles of Urban Nomads is a book that is not to be missed. True, there are innumerable anthologies cramming the market. However, COUN stands out for the multitude of emotions, issues, cultures and genres brought in a single book. And that is a treasure worth its weight in gold!

The book is available on flipkart as well as amazon.
Amazon link : http://www.amazon.in/Chronicles-Nomads-collection-Unputdownable-stories/dp/8192997502/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423588564&sr=8-1&keywords=chronicles+of+urban+nomads

For reviews of other stories : http://wingedpost.org/2015/01/chronicles-urban-nomads-literary-review/