Monday, April 17, 2017

One Man's Maple Moon: Rice Batter Tanka by Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

English Original

little feet
dipped in rice batter --
years now
since you walked away
with our laughter

Skylark’s Nest Winner, Skylark, 3:1, Summer 2015

Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

浸泡在米糊裡 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

浸泡在米糊里 --

Bio Sketch

Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy is a psychiatrist from Bengaluru India,  living in England. A trained vocalist and a composer in Indian classical music, he writes in Kannada, Sankethi, Tamil and English languages. His haikai writings have been published in reputed journals and anthologies and won prizes, worldwide. He is currently the Editor of Blithe Spirit, journal of The British Haiku Society.

1 comment:

  1. This small gem introduces us to the South Indian custom of dipping young children’s feet into rice batter and watching themleave footstep imprints behind in celebration of their deity’s birth. The suggestion of happy people and joyous times is made by the poet in these first two lines. The final three lines are very dissimilar in tone yet echo the image painted in the preceding lines. Years have passed and the children have “walked away” from their parents, but this time they have taken the laughter with them. The parents are left behind, lonely and mute. This tanka packs a lifetime of emotion into its short form, and Iwas very impressed by the image used to close the tanka. It captured perfectly the deep sense of loss experienced by so many empty nest couples

    Note: In South India, as part of celebrating Lord Krishna's birthday, there is a tradition of drawing tiny footprints in the home by dipping little kids' feet in rice batter and planting their feet on the floor/ or getting them to walk.

    -- excerpted from Skylark, 3:1, which can be accessed at