naviarhaiku264 – night wind

We continue ou colllaboration with the Haiku Foundation with a beautiful poem by Madhuri Pillai, an English (hons) graduate who studied journalism and has worked as a journalist. Madhuri discovered haiku in 2011, and since then her work has been published in major international haiku journals. Apart from her love of books and writing, she is a passionate advocate for animal and human rights. She lives a quiet life in Melbourne with her family.

About this poem, Madhuri says:

“In my twenties I lived in a little mining town called Nhulunbuy in Arnhem Land in Northern Territory of Australia, Nhulunbuy was leased by a Swiss Mining Company called Nabalco for 100 years for mining bauxite. I would drive for miles on dirt road, through the bush, thick with eucalyptus to the Aboriginal settlement called Yirrkala. Driving through the bush, through its silence and secret inhabitants was itself an experience. The aboriginals were always warm and hospitable.  I am so glad you picked this haiku, for me it’s a tribute to their wisdom and tenacity.“

Seven days to make music in response to the assigned haiku: to participate visit

Deadline: 30th January 2019

haiku by Madhuri Pillai

picture by Jeremy Bishop

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