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HAIKU DIALOGUE – Rain ! Rain ? – Flood

Thanks to Guest Editor Carole MacRury for sharing a journey of fantastic poetry! Now we welcome returning Guest Editor Arvinder Kaur who will be joined this time by Co-Guest Editor Vandana Parashar – happy writing! kj

Rain ! Rain ? with Co-Guest Editors Arvinder Kaur & Vandana Parashar

India is a country of diverse geographical features. In the northeast we have Cherrapunji, which receives 11,777 mm rainfall each year, making it one of the wettest places on the Earth, and in the northwest we have the Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert, which is the world’s 18th largest desert. Every year we see nature’s bounty as well as its fury.

Floods, droughts, snowstorms, cyclones, earthquakes – we see it all. For the next prompts we’ll ponder over the two extremes which make us question – “How much is enough?”

prompt: Flood

The last year saw devastating floods caused by incessant rains and cloudbursts in India. Most of the north of India was brought to its knees by nature’s fury. India isn’t alone in this respect. Almost every country has gone through this.

Whenever and wherever they happen they raise important questions. What have we done to invite such a wrath of nature? Have we gone too far, or can we still control the situation? How do we get our life back after the destruction?

However, in the world of poetry a flood can be figurative too. It can be a flood of emotions or of creativity (don’t we all wish for that?) or even jealousy. We can be flooded with anything and everything. What do floods mean to you?

This week we are looking forward to your flooding our inbox with your take on floods.

The deadline is midnight Eastern Daylight Time, Saturday April 20, 2024.

Please use the Haiku Dialogue submission form below to enter one or two original unpublished haiku inspired by the week’s theme, and then press Submit to send your entry. (The Submit button will not be available until the Name, Email, and Place of Residence fields are filled in.) With your poem, please include any special formatting requirements & your name & residence as you would like it to appear in the column. Please note that by submitting, you agree that your work may appear in the column – neither acknowledgment nor acceptance emails will be sent. All communication about the poems that are posted in the column will be added as blog comments.


Join us next week for Arvinder’s & Vandana’s selection of poems on the topic of Flood…


Guest Editor Arvinder Kaur, author, translator and an award-winning poet, specializes in English literature and Media Studies. She was one of the founding editors of the bilingual haiku journal Wah. She has been a guest editor at Triveni, Failed Haiku and recently at The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku Dialogue. Her haiku have appeared in several national and international journals. She is the author of four books of micropoetry, two of which are bilingual where she has translated her own work into vernacular. Her books have been very well received in India and abroad. She lives in Chandigarh, India with her family.

Guest Editor Vandana Parashar is a postgraduate in Microbiology, an educator and a haiku poet. Her haiku, senryu and tanka have been published in many national and international journals of repute and have won her many prizes and accolades. Her haiku was also shortlisted for the prestigious Touchstone Award 2020. She is an associate editor of haikuKATHA and one of the editors of Poetry Pea and #FemkuMag. Her debut e-chapbook, I Am, was published by Title IX Press (now Moth Orchid Press) in 2019 and her second chapbook, Alone, I Am Not, was published by Velvet Dusk Publishing in 2022.

Lori Zajkowski is the Post Manager for Haiku Dialogue. A novice haiku poet, she lives in New York City.

Managing Editor Katherine Munro lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and publishes under the name kjmunro. She is Membership Secretary for Haiku Canada, and her debut poetry collection is contractions (Red Moon Press, 2019). Find her at:

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Prompt photo credit:  prompt photo one – Flood – Ravi Singh

Haiku Dialogue offers a triweekly prompt for practicing your haiku. Posts appear each Wednesday with a prompt or a selection of poems from a previous week.

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  1. oh!
    a car rolling to the river
    with flood power
    man coming through the window

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