Ajaya Mahala


mosquito wings -
the colour of evening 
so thin
First Place, Shiki Monthly Kukai, May 2014
hints of wind
leaves start talking
with each other
Chrysanthemum No. 15. April 2014
bird song –
an incomplete sentence
each time
Tiny words  Issue 14.1 - 15 May 2014
mother’s scarf
a toddler wraps himself
in the fragrance
First Place, Indian Kukai # 3 January 2014
play of clouds
a mammoth loses its tusks 
to the autumn wind
Second Place, European Quarterly Kukai #7 - Autumn 2014 Edition
old oak
a million cicada songs
in the withered bark
Fourth Place, European Quarterly Kukai #9 - Spring 2015 Edition
child guitarist -
a mother's hand
behind the curtains 
First Place, Caribbean kigo Kukai #48 February 2014
desert verbena
I walk knee-deep
in the purple sea
Brass bell haiku , August 1, 2014
sluice gates 
a moon somehow 
reaches downstream
Brass bell haiku , October 1, 2014
shifting of sand dunes noise in moonlight
Brass bell haiku , September 1, 2014
fainter and fainter bicycle riders and moon distancing
Brass bell haiku , September 1, 2014
no love moisture-proof cell phone kiss
Brass bell haiku , September 1, 2014
your presence -
mercury reads
five degrees less
Frogpond 37.1 , 2014
still pond
I sabotage the moon
with a stone
Frogpond 37.2  ,2014
a robin sits
keeping the back towards me 
Bottle Rockets , August 2014
autumn moon
the gourd on a thatched roof
whitens quietly
Honorable Mention, Tata Literature Live! "Autumn Rain" Haiku Contest
empty carton
the user's manual
thrown before use
Sonic Boom, Issue 1, December, 2014
her sad face
rules forbid to pick
a fallen flower
Asahi Haikuist Network, January 03, 2014
Wishing Tree
I don’t take a photo
out of reverence
Asahi Haikuist Network, March 07, 2014
bicycle tyres
the bare-bodied run of boys
into the dusk
Asahi Haikuist Network, April 04, 2014
hot spring
unending flow of warmth
from the heart
Asahi Haikuist Network, February 07, 2014
no fear of shower
a message of spring
in the tap water
Indian Spring Haiku in "Wah". A bilingual quarterly haiku journal, Vol. 1 No.1, April,2014
pavement dwellers
tiredness wraps
the cold
Poetry haiku, Winter 2013 issue , 2013
advancing haze
mango buds wait
for a fog bath
Poetry haiku, Winter 2013 issue , 2013


a butterfly

sits on my shoulder

I become a stump


2nd position in Diogen Best Autumn Haiku, 2013


hide and seek

someone's warm palms

on my closed eyes


Manichi Daily News - January, 2014


evening sky

a pink patch widens

into darkness