Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

Born in Karnataka, India
Living in Birmingham, United Kingdom

 

the void between us our child
 
Under the Basho 2014
 
still birth —
the moon spills out
of my pail
 
Blithe Spirit 25.4, 2015
 
turmeric sky —
the air fragrant
with cow dung
 
Blithe Spirit 25.4
[Refers to the tradition in South India of sprinkling the ground in front of homes with water mixed with cow dung (cowpat). This is fine particularly on religious festival days. It is considered auspicious, and also helps keep insects out and dust levels low. Turmeric, is also associated with auspiciousness]
 
 
 
the sounds
of distant hooves –
Raga Pharas
 
Blithe Spirit 25.3
 
 
sunny yard –
the champak tree
now a stump
 
Blithe Spirit 25.3
 
roosting munias  — 
ants crawling all over
a dead lizard
 
Blithe Spirit 25.3
 
coconut oil ...
the lingering aroma
of amma's love
 
Blithe Spirit 25.3
 
the rustle
of a newspaper –
his anger
 
Blithe spirit 25.1
 
delayed monsoon ...
life sputters at the end
of a tap

BHS Anthology (Edge) 2015
 
old temple ...
the deity wrapped
in spider silk
 
The Heron’s Nest, December 2015
 
one by one
the fog releases
streetlights
 
The Heron’s Nest  March 2015
 
overcast—
her smile rearranges
the skyline 
 
 Brass Bell  (October2015)
 
seaweed soup
      sinking deeper 
into the blue
 
A Hundred Gourds (March 2015)
 
monsoon rain
the monotony
of poverty
 
A Hundred Gourds (March 2015)
 
last pine cones ...
blue tits peck away
the summer
 
Cattails (September 2015)
 
flash floods ...
she carries her world
in a basket 
 
Cattails (September 2015)
wind-torn fence
this widening gap
'tween neighbours
 
Cattails (May 2015) 
the roughness
of a cow's tongue–
dew showers
 
Cattails (Jan 2015) and Runner Up in the Snapshot Haiku Calendar Contest 2015
 
late night row
in the fruit salad
that one pip
 
Cattails (Jan 2015)
 
screw pine bloom —
my skirt too short
for his mom
 
Frogpond 38:3
tamarind
the bitter sweetness
of pregnancy
 
Frogpond 38:1
sudden showers...
the bedraggled peacocks
in her saree
 
Presence #53
 
tattered quilt
in the winter chill
an old warmth
 
Wild Plum 1:2 and Behind the Tree Line (1st Wild Plum Anthology)
origami...
within each fold
a memory
 
Wild Plum 1:2
broken nose ...
an urchin counts his coins
by the streetlight
 
Modern Haiku 46.3 
light drizzle –
the Tanjore doll
teetering
 
Modern haiku 46.1
lightening sky
cutting through the mist
an oarsplash 
 
Frameless sky (Issue 2- 2015)
her smile again that bee in the frangipani
 
Frameless Sky (Issue 2- 2015) 
the soft warmth 
of my child's breath — 
daffodils 
 
World Haiku Review (June 2015) 
bombing site 
the cherry blossoms 
anyway 
 
World Haiku Review (January 2015)
artificial turf – 
i place a wriggling earthworm 
amongst fallen leaves 
 
World Haiku Review (January 2015)
music class –
hail stones drumming
on the roof 
 
Shamrock (Jan 2015)
soft drizzle...
the car park full
of pink petals

Mainichi Shimbun (28 July 2015)
status quo...
we are still talking
through Post-its
 
Prune Juice (October 2015)
sugitama—
the comforting aroma
of your jacket 
 
Asahi Shimbun (20 November 2015)
harvest moon---
the scarecrow watches over
barren fields
 
Honourable mention in the 2015 Annual Autumn Moon Haiku Contest sponsored by the Bangor Haiku Group
silence at her end...
the cord around my finger
coiling uncoiling
 
Blithe Spirit 25.4
paper boats
...i fold away
my years
 
Blithe Spirit 25.4
 
pencil shavings —
i relive my childhood
scar by scar
 
Blithe Spirit 25.4

 
ugadi-
one more butterfly
flits away
 
Under the Basho, 2014
 
 
 
muntharis
all the shades of green
around her
 
Under the Basho, 2014
 
 
 
spring fever
a cuckoo cooing
my heart out
 
World Haiku Review, April 2014
 
 
 
spring evening
the slate of rooftops
shades the sky
 
World Haiku Review, April 2014
 
 
 
savouring
the kiss of first love-
cherry blossoms
 
Asahi Haikuist Network, April 04, 2014
 
 
 
 
scorching day
my dad pours water
for the ants
 
Under the Basho 2014 
 
 
 
arctic tern
flying overseas
for a job
 
Gems Anthology, The Bamboo Hut Press, 2014
 
 
 
wringing day
bundles of washed clothes
let off steam
 
Asahi Haikuist Network, 2 May 2014 
 
 
 
 
monsoon walk
the smell of a millipede
underfoot
 
Gems Anthology, The Bamboo Hut Press, 2014
 
 
 
 
sand dunes-
the kids catch raindrops
on their tongues
 
European Kukai #6 Summer 2014, 4th Place
 
 
 
 
deep winter
the waterfall
doesn't fall
 
Presence, Issue #50, 2014
 
 
 
 
frosty night
i tuck a duvet
around her grave
 
Paper Wasp, June 2014
 
  
 
 
december
a frosty wind blows
my breath away
 
Honorable mention in the Diogen Pro Winter Haiku 2013 Contest
 
 
 
 
midday sun-
even the shadows 
in hiding
 
Cattails, May 2014
 
 
 
footfalls 
darkness creeps up
twig by twig
 
 
ಹೆಜ್ಜೆಗಳು
ಕಡ್ಡಿ ಕಡ್ಡಿಗೆ
ಬೆಳೆವ ತಮ
 
 
hejjegaḷu
kaḍḍi kaḍḍige
beḷeva tama
 
Cattails, May 2014
 
 
 
London train-
the sun skitters
off a colt
 
Cattails, September 2014
 
 
 
long shadows
the rustle of leaves
behind me
 
 
ನಿಡುನೆಳಲು
ಎಲೆಯ ಸರಸರ
ಬೆನ್ಹಿಂದೆ
 
 
niḍu neḷalu
eleya sarasara
benhinde
 
Ardea, Issue #4, 2014
 
 
 
dusting of dew – 
a road-sweeper scrapes
the night away
 
 
Blithe Spirit, Issue 24.3, August 2014 
 
 
 
our dream hut
the thatched roof leaks
moonbeams
 
Shiki Kukai, July 2014, 3rd place
 
 
 
 
sacred chank-
a prayer echoes
off the walls
 
Editor’s Choice, Cattails, May 2014
 
 
 
her voice grows
fainter down the trail-
monsoon rain
 
Cattails, September 2014
 
 
 
 
summer breeze
fragrance of jasmine
in my tea
 
 
ಬಿಸಿಗಾಳಿ
ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆಯ ಗಮ
ಚಹದಲ್ಲಿ
 
 
bisigāḷi
malligeya gama
cahadalli
 
Ardea, Issue #4, 2014
 
 
 
cuckoo song
tasting the fragrance
of mangoes
 
 
ಕುವುಕುವೂ
ಕಂಪ ಸವಿಯುವೆ
ಮಾವುಗಳ
 
Ardea, Issue #4, 2014
 
 
 
 
crossing my eyes
and dotting my tea
houseflies
 
Frogpond Issue 37:2, June 2014
 
 
 
the mousetrap
yet again the shrew
plays Houdini
 
Creatrix, Issue #25, June 2014
 
 
 
a trapped bumble bee
thumping against the window
a roomful of hands
 
Haiku Journal, Issue #28, 2014
 
 
 
crows gather
together we lunch
in silence
 
Brass Bell, May 2014
 
 
 
butterfly
a sunflower droops
under it's weight
 
Brass Bell, June 2014
 
 
 
battlefield
the grass overrun
by sheep
 
A Hundred Gourds, Issue 3.4, 2014
 
 
 
 
misty night
all her signals
misread
 
Creatrix, Issue #25, June 2014
 
 
 
Haiku in English...
i turn every page gasping
at all the blank space
 
Blithe Spirit, Issue 24.3, August 2014
 
 
 
sizzling pan
amma and i share
our old joke
 
Under the Basho 2014
 
 
 
bubbling soup
the dishes saying
what she doesn't 
 
Under the Basho 2014
 
 
 
burns unit-
another cocoon 
unravels
 
Gems Anthology, The Bamboo Hut Press, 2014
 
 
 
son's concert
the applause echoes
my heartbeat
 
Gems Anthology, The Bamboo Hut Press, 2014
 
 
 
high window-
he swings himself up
with a grunt
 
Gems Anthology, The Bamboo Hut Press, 2014
 
 
 
 
class reunion-
old buddies share
diet coke
 
Cattails, May 2014
 
 
 
the void
after the breakup
tea fills it
 
Cattails, May 2014
 
 
 
 
 
tropical cyclone—
the Palar river widens
the onlookers’ eyes
 
Blithe Spirit, Issue 24.3, August 2014
 
 
 
morning dew
on the farmer's brow
beads of sweat
 
Indian Kukai #8, 5th place
 
 
 
gust of wind
i wrap my hands round
the oil lamp
 
Creatrix, Issue #25, June 2014
 
 
 
 
 
the green all at once the rooks
 
 
Under the Basho 2014
 
 
 
joss sticks letting the ghosts go one by one
 
 
Under the Basho 2014
 
 
 
departing the tightness in that hug
 
 
Under the Basho 2014