Muse India – Triveni feature


“In Hindu tradition, Triveni refers to the confluence of three major rivers, the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswati, at a place called Prayag. But here at Muse India, it signifies the coming together of Japan, India, and the rest of the world in poetry.” Kala Ramesh

Kala Ramesh is an acknowledged exponent of Japanese short form poetry and teacher of haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun and renka at the Symbiosis International University in Pune, India. For several years, I have been enjoying her work on Jane Reichold’s international online poetry forum, AHA, of which Kala and I are both active members.

Last October I noticed a submission call on AHA for short form poetry for a feature Kala was compiling in her role as  Contributing Editor to the literary e-journal Muse India. She was seeking work from Indians that drew upon their ‘cultural memory’, inspired by childhood experiences and traditions, as well as influential figures such as Mahatma Gandhi. From the rest of us in the world she requested poetry that dealt with any experience of India such as a visit to the country or exposure to festivals, music or Indian film.

I have been fortunate enough to have made trips to Mumbai and Delhi back in 2009 for a holiday and a wedding. The sights, sounds, smells and tastes of India have stayed with me ever since, so I wrote  some haiku and hagia (art/photography & haiku) which I submitted for consideration.

I was delighted when Kala accepted some of this work, which is featured here in Triveni. I produced the haiga above (also published) using a photograph taken at sunset on Juhu beach, Mumbai. The senryu below was inspired by a moment in the gardens of the Lotus Temple in Delhi, where we spotted a beautiful girl accompanied by an armed guard. She looked like a princess or a film star and stopped to chat to my six-year old daughter, Taryn.

wedding celebration
my daughter asks
is this Bollywood?




About seaviewwarrenpoint

I am a writer, poetry facilitator and artist from Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland. My blog is Twitter @MarionSClarke
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9 Responses to Muse India – Triveni feature

  1. I’ve just read your poems on Muse India, Marion. They’re fabulous!

  2. congratulations, off there to read now!

    • Thank you, Rach.

      There’s some lovely work over there that gives a real flavour of India, like the following two, for example. You know right away that these were inspired by somewhere very different to our part of the world.

      barren highlands
      a cow’s skull marks the road
      to my mother’s village

      Ajaya Mahala, Pune

      morning sunrays
      in the long temple corridor …
      sound of her anklet

      K. Ramesh, Chennai

  3. Patsy says:

    Congratulations, Marion.

  4. This is heartening to read not just because I’m an Indian too but because you’ve captured the details so beautifully. I do hope you’ll check out my blog too. 🙂

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