Monday, May 2, 2016

Haiku--By Arvinder Kaur--India

farewell dance--
prairie grass sways
this way and that

ਪਛੋਂ ਦੀ ਵਾ --
ਅਲਵਿਦਾ ‘ਚ ਝੂਮ ਰਿਹਾ
ਪਰਾਰੇ ਘਾਹ


fragrant breeze--
the way your presence
fills my life

ਮਹਿਕੀ ਪੁਰਵਾਈ—
ਤੇਰੀ ਹੋਂਦ ਨਾਲ ਸ਼ਰਸਾਰ
ਮੇਰੀ ਜ਼ਿੰਦਗੀ


bedtime stories--
tracing the flowers
on mother's quilt

ਪਰੀਆਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਬਾਤਾਂ—
ਅੰਮੀਂ ਦੀ ਰਜ਼ਾਈ ਤੇ
ਵੰਨ ਸਵੰਨੇ ਫੁੱਲ


These haiku are from Arvinder’s new bilingual book, dandelion seeds, a collection of poetry in both English and Punjabi.  The book is available on


Arvinder Kaur is an Associate professor in English and Media Studies. She writes haiku both in Punjabi as well as English. She has four books to her credit which include poetry, a work of translation and her first collection of punjabi haiku, Nimolian. Her work has been published in several haiku journals and anthologies. She lives in Chandigarh with her family.


  1. Wonderful collection, thank you for sharing!

  2. nicely done haiku congratulations Arvinder/Karen love and light angelee

  3. Congratulations Arvinder. I just ordered your book.
    I enjoyed these haiku very much.

  4. Enjoyed these ethereal Haiku very much. Best wishes and congratulations on your publication. Ralph

  5. Hello Arvinder. I enjoyed your haiku, especially that second one. It is powerful and sparks memories that I fondly remember. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  6. Can't decide which one I like best. What talent! I shall soon hunt down your book. Thank you!

  7. Wonderful! Great to read haiku in Punjabi! :)