Archana Kapoor Nagpal

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merry-go-round
my baby moves
inside me

4th Edition of the International Matsuo Basho Award
Honorable Mention, Distinguished Poet, EHS Anthology

 

broken mirror . . .
pieces of butterfly
here and there

Indian Kukai #16, Third Position

 

winter weight . . .
my snowman grows
fatter too

Chrysanthemum, April 2016

 

my paper plane . . .
still pondering
where to go

Chrysanthemum, April 2016

 

at every turn
the moon reaches before me . . .
walking uphill

Blognostics, April  2016

 

with him
in his coffin . . .
scent of jasmine

Blognostics, April 2016

 

in loneliness
reading the epitaph
in reverse

Blognostics, April 2016

 

between
me and him
a cashmere cardigan

Blognostics, April 2016

 

towards shore . . .
the pink moon
sailing backwards

Cattails  Summer 2016

 

fogbound . . .
singing rhymes to my baby
in the womb

First Prize, Sharpening The Green Pencil Contest 2016

 

early spring
my daughter’s snowman
disappears

Runner Up, Golden Triangle Haiku Contest 2016

 

first date . . .
flying towards the candle
these flies

A Hundreds Gourd, 5.3

 

longest night . . .
and the candles
go dim

Gnarled Oak 8, April 2016

 

abortion . . .
how snowflakes melt
into my palms

Acorn, Spring 2016

 

siesta . . .
at her every step
clink of anklets

BlogNostics , February, 2016

 

homesickness . . .
sitting on a bench
with my doll

BlogNostics , February, 2016

 

canopy walk . . .
collecting in my basket
these fireflies

BlogNostics , February, 2016

 

stirring
my thoughts
ventilator machine

VerseWrights, 2016

 

downhill
far from me
the same moon

VerseWrights, 2016

 

between us
the broken wedding portrait . . .
snowstorm

Frozen Butterfly Issue 4, February 2016

 

ancestral home
in every wall clock
a different time

Failed Haiku , Second Issue, February 2016

 

merry-go-round . . .
my baby moves
inside me

Failed Haiku , Second Issue, February 2016

 

winter arrives . . .
my breath mingles
with the mist

Failed Haiku , Second Issue, February 2016

 

French window . . .
cutting my reflection
into pieces

Failed Haiku, Third Issue, March 2016

 

blind date . . .
again I meet
the same man

Failed Haiku, Third Issue, March 2016

 

sea waves returning to the empty snail shells

Brass Bell: an Online Journal of Haiku, April 2016

 

at every turn
the moon reaches before me . . .
walking uphill

Blognostics, April 2016

 

with him
in his coffin . . .
scent of jasmine

Blognostics, April 2016

 

in loneliness
reading the epitaph
in reverse

Blognostics, April 2016

 

between
me and him
a cashmere cardigan

Blognostics, April 2016

rain ends...
sipping the rainbow
a sparrow

First Place, Shiki kukai Contest, November 2015

 


sailing with my paper boats a moonbow

Brass Bell Online Haiku Journal , December 2015 issue

 

 


masquerade ball
under the makeup
my wrinkles

Gnarled Oak, issue 5

 

 



Wrapped
in a spider's hammock
my first doll

Third Place, 13th Indian Kukai Contest

 

 


spring cleaning…
behind every spider’s hammock
a memory

AHG issue

 

 


siesta –
swinging on a tree swing
a butterfly

Creatix #30

 

 


sailing
without the luggage …
my paperboat

Frozen Butterfly Issue 3

 

 


in between the thunderclaps the clink of mother's bangles

Brass Bell: online haiku journal, September 2015

 

 


faded portrait …
outside my window
passing rainclouds

Versewrights, August 2015

 


still born ...
falls from a leaf to another
these dewdrops

Versewrights, August 2015

 

 


first snow …
bends further and further
these red cherries

Versewrights, August 2015

 

 


rain ends …
in mother’s bedtime story
this petrichor

Versewrights, August 2015

 

 


my shadow
further cracks …
late monsoon

Hedgerow  #43

 

 


spring breeze …
carrying my scarf
away from me

Cattails, September 2015

 


longest night …
bends under the snow
my Christmas tree

Cattails, September 2015

 

 


fall equinox –
surfing over these waves
the harvest moon

Creatix #29, June 2015 issue

 

 


between
me and the rainbow
a monarch butterfly

Creatix #29, June 2015 issue

 

 


between the thunderclaps my baby's first cry

Whispers, July 2015 issue

 

 


under the waves
remains of my sandcastle ...
ancestral home

Whispers , July 2015 issue

 

 


farewell ...
falling with the rain
the cockatoo's nest

Whispers (July 2015 issue)

 

 


first light ...
on the tinkle of bells
chanting 'om'

Whispers , July 2015 issue

 

 


old memories …
over the bare trees
the daylight moon

Whispers (September 2015)

 

 


first light …
wrapped in the sunbeams
the butterfly’s wings

Whispers, September 2015

 

 


after the quarrel …
between the thunderclaps
our silence

Whispers , September 2015

 

 


farewell …
under the frozen lake
tree’s leaves

Whispers , September 2015

 

 


mother’s lap …
holding the sunlight
these white lilies

WHA 133th Haiga Contest

 


from both sides of a spider’s hammock the same moon

Under The Basho /One Line Haiku

 

 


in and out of a cloud another cloud

Under The Basho /One Line Haiku

 

 


snow melts …
in my mother’s lap
I collect the sunlight

Chrysanthemum 18

 


following
the falling kites …
giggle of children

Brass Bell : online journal of haiku (October issue)

 

 


baby shower …
we think of all
the possible names

Brass Bell : online journal of haiku (October issue)

 

 

new moon --
one by one butter lamps
on a shrine

Finalist RLP Poetry AWARDS (Haiku) 2014

 

 

incessant rain
this sur and taal
of my sitar …

Finalist RLP Poetry AWARDS (Haiku) 2014

 

 

faded portrait --
from one window to another
a raincloud

Finalist RLP Poetry AWARDS (Haiku) 2014

 

 

sultry twilight --
over blades of grass
the raindrops

Finalist RLP Poetry AWARDS (Haiku) 2014

 

 

clueless --
another nimbus cloud
over my head

Finalist RLP Poetry AWARDS (Haiku) 2014

 

home alone …
talking to the snowman
in my backyard

Fifth Honorable Mention, ukiahaiku Festival 2015

 

morning chatter --
amidst the branches
another magpie’s call

Taj Mahal Review, Volume 4, Number 1, June 2015

 


drifting clouds --
from one leaf to another
a raindrop

Taj Mahal Review, Volume 4, Number 1, June 2015

 

siesta --
from ceiling to the floor
pitter patter of raindrops

Taj Mahal Review, Volume 4, Number 1, June 2015

 

sultry lull --
from a puddle to another
a tadpole jumps

Taj Mahal Review, Volume 4, Number 1, June 2015

 

Milky way --
one by one dandelion seeds
over my feet

Taj Mahal Review, Volume 4, Number 1, June 2015

 


mirror reflection --
a bird’s feather floats
on the summer clouds

Taj Mahal Review, Volume 4, Number 1, June 2015

 


summer emptiness --
my footprint disappears
under the rolling waves

Taj Mahal Review, Volume 4, Number 1, June 2015

 

sultry evening --
once again a rain cloud
moves on

Taj Mahal Review, Volume 4, Number 1, June 2015

 


sudden shower …
still a cygnet paddles
around a pond

Taj Mahal Review, Volume 4, Number 1, June 2015

 

rain-rinsed moonlight --
one by one jasmine unfolds
in my garden

Taj Mahal Review, Volume 4, Number 1, June 2015

 


rain-rinsed patio…
another beetle burrows
deeper and deeper

A Hundreds Gourd , June 2015 issue

 


reunion ...
upon my paperboats
the raindrops

Modern Haiku issue 46.3


summer emptiness --
my footprints disappear
under the rolling waves

Cattails, April 2015 issue

 


longest day …
a dried flower
further dries

WHA 129th Haiga Contest, April 2015

 

mother’s lap …
upon the hibiscus petals
these dewdrops

Frameless Sky, June 2015

 

moonless night --
on the shadow of a leaf
a firefly

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 

hanging bridge …
in its own hammock
a spider swings

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 

first snow …
under its own weight
a teasel bends

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 

Christmas night …
at every patio window
a poinsettia

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

mirror reflection …
paddling on the summer clouds
a cygnet

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 


November night …
in silence of snowfall
these bedtime stories

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 

White Christmas…
again snowflakes settle
on the bare branches

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 

first snow …
in between my footprints
the fallen leaves

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 

dappled moonlight …
against my shadow
the first snow

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 

chiaroscuro …
passing over the moon
the winter clouds

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 


first light …
lying in a leaf pile
me and my shadow

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 

spring rain ...
wrapped in dewdrops
a red hibiscus

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 

breakfast time ...
nibbling on banksia nuts
two rosellas

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 

scented dusk …
the whiff of jasmine
in my cup of tea

Atoms of Haiku, Collection of Haiku, Author’s United

 

idleness –
counting on my fingers
these snowflakes

Wild Plum issue 1:2

 

 

between our indefinite silence the thundershowers

Wild Plum issue 1:2

 

 
mood swings -
changing colours of water
in the midsummer
 
Tamarind Magazine, August 2014 Issue
 
 
 
 
alone at dusk -
swirling on their shadows
a swan and two cygnets
 
Tamarind Magazine, September  2014 Issue
 
 
 
 
mountain walk –
in my pot of water
the rising sun
 
A Hundred Gourds 4.1 (December 2014)
 
 
 
 
autumn wind –
on a spider’s hammock
the moon swings
 
Chrysanthemum 17, April 2015
 
 
 
 
alone at night --
on its own shadow
a dragonfly
 
haiku on enlightenment, PoetrySoup, September 2014,  6th Place (sponsor – Marvin Celestial)
 
 
 
 
rain ends ...
in every puddle
my paper boats
 
123th WHA Haiga Contest (09/2014,)
 
 
 
 
new moon . . .
once again the fireflies
at my patio window
 
brass bell : an online haiku journal
 
 
 
 
mangrove walk …
on the trail of a gull
my footprints
 
Tamarind Magazine, September  2014 Issue
 
 
 
 
starry night …
over my pot of tea
these fireflies
 
Frameless Sky, November 2014
 
 
 
ancestral home …
under the layers of dust
father’s tea kettle
 
brass bell: an online haiku journal , November 2014 Issue
 
 
 
 
burgeoning dawn …
another tea leaf
unfurls in my cup
 
brass bell: an online haiku journal , November 2014 Issue
 
 
 
 
end of rain …
in my broken pot of water
the two full moons
 
Hedgerow Online Journal, October, 2014
 
 
 
 
touch of dawn -
over the camellia petals
these dewdrops
 
Cattails , January 2015
 
 
 
 
alone at dawn –
on its own shadow
a butterfly
 
Cattails , January 2015
 
 
 
 
walking uphill …
one by one my steps
before my shadow
 
Hedgerow Online Journal,  January 2015
 
 
 
 
touch of dawn …
from every side of the valley
the tinkling bells
 
Creatix #27, 2014
 
 
 
 
virgin snow …
on the trail of a bird
my footprints
 
Creatix #27, 2014
 
 
 
 
morning alarm ...
clink of mother's bangles
as she wakes me
 
Mainchi Japan, September 2014
 
 
 
 
first light ...
yet wrapped in moonlight
a purple crocus 
 
Whispers, February 2015
 
 
 
 
ancestral home ...
covered under the frost
my childhood memories  
 
Whispers, February 2015
 
 
   
 
Christmas eve ...
in every toast of wine
a new wish
 
Whispers, February 2015
 
 
 
 
December morning ...
my shovel finds its way
through the snow
 
Whispers, February 2015
 
 
 
 
mountain walk ...
step by step closer
to the stars
 
Whispers, February 2015
 
 
 
 
after the rain …
in chanting of mantras
this petrichor
 
Versewrights, January 2015
 
 
 
 
ancestral home …
from every spider’s hammock
the autumn moon
 
Versewrights, January 2015
 
 
 
 
walking downhill …
another time my footsteps
follow my shadow
 
Versewrights, January 2015
 
 
 
 
sultry twilight …
a raincloud shrinks
further and further
 
Versewrights, January 2015
 
 
 
 
mountain walk …
catching in my palms
these fireflies
 
Versewrights, January 2015
 
 
 
 
loneliness …
on the sand dune
a camel on its shadow
 
Versewrights, January 2015
 
 
 
 
now and then …
pitter-patter of this rain
on the roof
 
Versewrights, January 2015
 
 
 
 
first snowfall …
in my pot of water
the rising moon
 
Versewrights, January 2015
 
 
 
 
farewell …
away from her epitaph
another fallen leaf
 
Versewrights, January 2015
 
 
 
 
coastal waves …
pondering over my thoughts
again and again
 
Versewrights, January 2015
 
 
 
 
first light …
a butterfly gathers sunbeams
in its wings
 
126th WHA Haiga Contest
 
 
 
 
reunion …
sailing in every puddle
thunder clouds
 
Hedgerow Issue #19, March 2015
 

 

Milky way --
one by one fireflies
up the hill
 

#1, Haiku "Aha" Moment contest, August , 2014, PoetrySoup, (Regina Riddle, sponsor)

 


summer greetings --
amidst cedar flowers
cockatoos find a home

Tamarind Magazine (issue #8), July 2014

 

morning raga --
another cockatoo warbles
in the backyard


brass bell: a haiku journal, July 2014

 

first light --
still under the quilt
I chase my dreams


Cattails, Sept 2014

 


burgeoning dawn --
camel footprints
on the dune

121th. WHA Haiga Contest

 


another day
rising through the bare branches --
autumnal equinox
 

Daily Haiga, Month 2014

 


mood swings --
changing colours
of the summer sky

Daily Haiga, Month 2014

 


new moon –
another wishing lamp
on father’s grave

Modern Haiku, (issue 45:3), September 2014

 


once again
clouds float on the river --
midsummer lull

DailyHaiga, August 2014

 


morning alarm --
splatter of rain drops
on my window

Carribean Kukai, #51, 6th Place

 



mood swings --
changing colours
of the summer sky

DailyHaiga, September 2014

 


another day
through the bare branches --
autumnal equinox

DailyHaiga, 2014

 


new moon --
my wishing lamp
on the holy river

Issa Untidy Hut, 2014

 

 

farewell --
last maple leaf falls
on the placid lake

Writers Asylum, April 2014

 

garlands of jasmine
float on the holy river
temple bells …

Writers Asylum, April 2014

 

 

mirror reflection --
paper boats floating
on summer clouds


The Mustard Grain, August 2014, issue 1.1

 


spring hymn --
a sparrow warbles
again and again

The Mustard Grain, August 2014, issue 1.1

 


monochrome clouds --
outside every house
the Christmas lights

The Mustard Grain, August 2014, issue 1.1

 


siesta --
clatter of utensils
in the kitchen

The Mustard Grain, August 2014, issue 1.1

 

scented dusk --
whiff of jasmine
passes by me

The Mustard Grain, August 2014, issue 1.1

 

punting down backwaters —
monsoon clouds
over coconut trees

Personal Best 2014, Under the Basho

 


emptiness --
a bare tree still awaits
the spring

122th. WHA Haiga Contest

 

summer idleness --
once again finding
shapes in clouds

Indian Kukai #6, 6th Place

 

silence of snowfall –
tinkling temple bells
in the valley

THE KLOSTAR IVANIC HAIKU COMPETITION 2014, certificate for commendations mention.

 

empty roads --
branches still wear
the Christmas lights

Gems Anthology, 2014


pregnant clouds
carrying the full moon --
mother’s day

Gems Anthology, 2014


on canvas
still painting the summer sky --
autumn equinox

Gems Anthology, 2014

 

walking uphill --
falling snow fills
in my footsteps

Gems Anthology, 2014

 

monks follow
dangling wind chimes --
silence of snowfall

Gems Anthology, 2014


hollow wave --
gray clouds drifting
across the sky

Gems Anthology, 2014

 

spring hymn --
bamboo flute echoes
in the valley


Gems Anthology, 2014


dust storm --
footprints vanishing
into the dune

Gems Anthology, 2014


last maple leaf
falls onto the placid lake --
farewell

Gems Anthology, 2014


dappled sunlight--
melted snow on her
grave

Gems Anthology, 2014


starry night --
white jasmine floats
on the holy river

brass bell: a haiku journal, July 2014


summer greetings --
once again water lilies
float on the clouds

Caribbean Kukai ( CKK #53, Third Place, August 2014)

 

falling rain still my paper boat sails over the moon

brass bell: a haiku journal, July 2014

 


wearing snow a bare tree awaits the spring


One-line Haiku, Under the Basho, 2014

 


autumn midnight --
amid creaking windows
reading Frankenstein

ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK, September 5th, 2014


May loo --
sip of coconut water
runs down my mouth


ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK, September 5th, 2014

 

drinking fountain
wipes off her kajal
summer solstice


Asahi Haikuist Network, May 30, 2014

 

monsoon clouds
over cardamom plants --
tinkling cow bell

 

Taj Mahal Review – June 2014


hot winds --
swaying silhouette of branches
bow at the grave

 

Taj Mahal Review – June 2014

 

a baby swings
in mother's womb --
midsummer lull


fourth place Indian Kukai, #5




in sound sleep the first kick in my womb


Under the Basho, 2014

four-leaf clover
floats on a pond --
raindrops

Taj Mahal Review – June 2014

 


dappled sunlight --
melted snow on her
grave

Whispers, April 2014



winter blizzards --
burning briquettes coddles
cold fingers

Taj Mahal Review – June 2014



heavy rains --
the grasshopper creeps
into the box

Frogpond 37:2, the spring/summer issue.2014


along the coast --
sipping coconut water
she spins her cloche



Taj Mahal Review – June 2014

 

 

summer heat --
kajal residue settles
under the eyes



VerseWrights, May 2014




heavy downpour --
children sailing paper boats
in a drain

 

Taj Mahal Review – June 2014

 

cirrus clouds –
red cherries hanging
from the rowan tree

Taj Mahal Review – June 2014

 


spring hymn --
a nesting chickadee
warbles

 

Whispers, April 2014



vernal equinox --
first kick of a baby
in my womb



Taj Mahal Review – June 2014

 


first light--
pelting holy river
with marigolds


VerseWrights, May 2014