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Daily Verse

Week 3, August 2023

Image by Vincent van Zalinge

A Visitor
By Kathleen Chamberlin  18th August  2023

Watercolor Butterfly 6

I saw the butterfly as it fluttered soundless near the pink rose bush,
Fragile white wings steadily stroking the currents of air
Changing direction in perfectly choreographed movements
I smiled and said your name,
Sure that this butterfly so pure and unsullied
Must be your soul, sent to say hello.

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Haiku with Titles

By Tomh Bakelas, 17th August 2023

Watercolor Butterfly 7
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“one for me”

another blackbird night
spent walking streets amongst
ghosts and sheets of rain

Image by Jack Finnigan

“haiku written two months after visiting san Francisco”

i walked all night long
searching for inspiration
beneath city lights

“everyone mourns differently”

i share jokes at funerals
because the dead can-
not hear anything

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“the ultimate declaration”

now listen up: all titled
haikus are henceforth
called “bakelakus”

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Thought -Mirror

By Manali Choudhury,  16th August 2023



Hours s   a t    e r    r   ing


Like strings



Through the mirror h(   )le,

                                    (   )

Like r——————ays


                                   r   s

Passing through a p      m.



I  i wit  thoughts

   t    h


    l   o

C         u     RUMBLING!

   s    d


Winds jo stl in g!


     a     e

W     v      s pounding,


On my shingled shore.



            (   at    )

I try to (g     h ) my words

            (      er  )


And l_i_n_e_s,


But the b</>ro</>k</>en mirror within



Reflects the B</>RO</>K</>EN shadow



Image by Patrick Hendry

My Country
By Anshu Gagal

Image by Sikandar Ali

In the realm of my heart
This nation is so grand
A canvas of land supreme
I made all in my dream
A country of rich culture
Behold it we so dear
In every corner Spirituality breathes
Scriptures enlighten humble and meek
A nation of wonders
Where knowledge unfurls
Unveiling secrets, Chandrayan-3
Patience and precision
illuminates ignoble
ignite also some with curiosity
A country where million dreams
Unite to transcend
Defeats into triumphs
A world where kindness often seems rare
There stands my nation, where
emotions run like streams
We always take pride
In our own legacy
Diversity we embrace
At such a pace
harmony and peaceful space.
It was a melody of utter delight
Of triumph, glory, and pride.
Until cries of woe begone
deep beneath often hurt

Why? I ponder
A country of Durga and Kali
Often sees Draupadi
Marched ripped naked
On the streets
Till date she is mercilessly raped
What symphony of brilliance we praise.
What we sow? Respect or Love?
Unabashed they grope and dragged
Died my pride, Bharatmata cried.

Biographies of Poets

Manali Choudhury,  is an Assistant Professor of English and a Katherine Mansfield scholar. An ambivert, she finds greater space for expression in written words. An avid traveller, she enjoys the journey rather than the destination. Films are not just a pastime, but a serious escape route as they help her travel, visually, imaginatively and almost tangibly, into spaces within and without. For her, poetry is a part of that journey .

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