Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Wind Horse (Haibun)--By Paresh Tiwari--India

The Wind Horse

All I remember of my grandfather’s death is a white staircase, ferrying steel gurneys with patients accompanied by their friends and families. I wasn’t allowed to the funeral.

‘He’s too young’ was the general consensus amongst the aunts and uncles whom I had never seen before.

After the funeral, I saw my dad clean shaven and tonsured for the first time. Clad in a white loincloth, his high forehead adorned with a saffron tilak, he would sit in the large mud courtyard of a nearby temple intoning shlokas. For thirteen days, he remained this distant figure tending a sacrificial fire, cooking his own meagre meal, sleeping on a straw mat on the cold December floor. I did not understand the rituals or the Sanskrit verses he recited, but the timbre of his voice was reassuring, as if everything would remain the same…

rites of passage –
     leaf by auburn leaf
autumn deepens

Paresh Tiwari is an often-published poet, writer and illustrator currently residing in Mumbai, India. He took to haiku and its associated forms in 2012 and is currently dabbling with longer forms of writing. His haiku, haibun, tanka, haiga and other poems appear frequently in noteworthy journals and anthologies across the world. An Inch of Sky, Paresh Tiwari’s collected haiku and haibun, has been published by 20 Notebooks Press. The book is now available online at http://goo.gl/MsSCaK


  1. Paresh, this is so very beautiful and the skit of custom is incredibly intense and yet so holy! Must've seemed indelible to you and in your mind. Thank you for sharing a most intimate emotion and experience, to those of us who would love to read and hear of other customs in other countries. Beautifully done! Sheri

  2. I enjoyed your work, thanks for sharing!

  3. wonderful haibun Paresh - especially the haiku

  4. continued wishes for success in your writing career

  5. Nice poem, Paresh. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

  6. Paresh,
    Beautiful! And equally impressive that you have been published worldwide! Where do you find all these places?
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  7. This poem shares so much with the reader. A deep and memorable haibun. I have decided to order your book which I was able to obtain through Amazon Prime. I look forward to reading it. Blessings and Congratulations on your publication, Connie