Ten Haiku by Kakul Gupta

Kakul Gupta (age 13)



metropolitan city—
each raga


coin collection—
the clink
of grandma’s voice


away from home—
the crackle
of mother’s onions


virtual classroom—
now my friends
captured in squares


gas tragedy—
pale glow
of the sun


winter fog
… with each layer
a brewing argument


winter chill …
in search of bread
a roaming dog


the old city
lights up


summer holidays—
in my dreams


winter fog …
each tree
a ghost

from 2021 Rattle Young Poets Anthology


Why do you like to write poetry?

Kakul Gupta: “I realised that poetry is my way to indulge with the world, and I am thankful to my brother for introducing me to it. I love haiku the most, because they are short and succinct. The best thing about a haiku is its juxtaposition: how you are in two worlds in just 3 lines and (less than) 17 syllables.”

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