Thursday, November 24, 2016

Haibun: Yesterday--By Angelee Deodhar--India

Haibun: Yesterday

I receive a small collection of Swarovski crystal beads, hearts, squaredelles, roundels, tear drops, bi-cones, and other shapes all with tiny holes in them and as they wink and blink in the light, I turn them over and over in my palm, marveling at their perfection...       

I travel back in time where, dressed in my best frock and new shoes, I went to my friend's house to a childhood birthday party. The piece of cake I was served, had tiny silver beads on it, which I collected carefully in my handkerchief and put in my pocket. I remember going home with my ayah and excitedly opening my handkerchief to find … nothing, no beads! I searched all over and cried when I couldn’t find those silver beads, and now five and a half decades later this small box of magic beads, which wink enticingly at me, are home again.
 Tanabata festival
 from her open hair
 the scent of jasmine 

Note:  Tanabata is a Japanese star festival, usually held on July 7, and celebrates the meeting of Vega and Altair. The Milky Way, a river made from stars that crosses the sky, separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year.

Previously published in Haiku Canada Review

Angelee Deodhar, is an eye surgeon turned haiku poet, translator, and artist from India.  She has translated six books of haiku from English to Hindi. She has no personal website or blog. "Hot on the heels of her 2014 release of a collection of poetic prose containing haiku, Deodhar celebrates having edited Journeys 2015, an Anthology of International Haibun, highlighting authors in 15 different countries." - David McMurray, Editor, Asahi Haikuist Network, Japan


  1. Dear Karen,Thank you for your kind encouragement and this Thanksgiving gift.It is an honour to be a part of the Whispers family of poets.Love and light,angelee

    1. Dear Angelee,

      It is a pleasure to have your poetry to share at Whispers. Asian verse keeps growing and growing. It is important people understand what goes into the depth of that is captured by talented poets like you.


  2. Dear Angelee,
    To be blessed with the small box of magic beads. Reunited in a way with the beautiful beads on the birthday cake when you were five.
    Many today share in your gratitude and joy. This is a lovely example of Thanksgiving.

  3. What a remarkable haibun! Thank you for sharing it with the community, Angelee. :)

  4. Your poem is perfect thread for your beads. Enjoyed immensely. Ralph

  5. Dear Angelee,
    Thank you for taking me with you on this journey.
    Love the way it culminates so beautifully in the haiku.

  6. I really loved your piece Angelee, loved everything about it, thanks for sharing with us.

  7. Thank you for taking me on your tanabata journey. This haibun evokes many childhood memories in me too - birthday parties, collectibles... thank you for sharing!
    Geethanjali Rajan

  8. Beautifully done as always Angelee. So much turns in the blink of an eye... Or in this case wink of a crystal.

  9. Angelee,
    A beautiful haibun. What a great thing you are doing bringing all those people in different countries in the same book.
    Your friend,
    David Fox