Lothlorien Poetry Journal

Edited by Strider Jones, Lothlorien Poetry Journal is a wonderful place to be published and I am honoured to have three poems on it.

Do visit https://lothlorienpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/ for some amazing read.

My poems are here at https://lothlorienpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/2023/04/three-poems-by-daya-bhat.html

Posting one here …

I haven’t been active on WordPress since a while now. Especially after instagram. I envy people who use multiple networks!

Hoping to catch up with all that I have missed. Have a wonderful weekend!


2022 – The poetry year

As the year 2022 gets set for the closing ceremony the highlights only go to prove that each day has been pulled out from a mixed bag! Riding through ups and downs and rocky roads, here we are, strapping our belts for 2023.

The poetry year 2022 has once again been kind and rewarding. I feel blessed to be able to contribute my first poems to many publications, receive a touchstone nomination for an individual poem from editor, Poetry Pea, Patricia McGuire.

Nominated for Touchstone award ( The Haiku Foundation) for an individual poem by Poetry Pea Journal editor Patricia McGuire

Also I would like to thank the editor of Dreich Planet #India, noted poet Sanjeev Sethi for including my free verse ‘the conjuror’ in the anthology.

Editor Sanjeev Sethi

I am very happy to share the excitement of winning the Nyusen, third prize ( sharing space with amazing haiku poets) in the Kusamakura International Haiku Competition. Thank you, esteemed organisers and judges for selecting my poem for the same!

My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the editors of all these wonderful journals who accepted my work and encouraged me. I was fortunate to have free verse/ haiku/senryu/haiga/tanka/haibun published in them.

I really hope and pray I will be able to contribute more to these fabulous and inspiring journals in the coming times.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a very very fabulous new year! Have a wonderful 2023. Stay safe, healthy and keep smiling


Thank you for sharing my poetry journey. I look forward to be more consistent in blogging in 2023. 😊🙏

October poems

The festival of lights is here once again! Poetry, as always, lighting up our souls.

I feel blessed to be able to share my haiku, senryu, haiga, haibun and short poetry from Modern Haiku Journal, Fresh Out Mag, Five Fleas (Itchy poetry blog), Haiku Dialogue, The other bunny and Our Best Haiga. Heartfelt gratitude to the editors of all these wonderful journals, Paul Miller- Modern Haiku Journal, Eric Lohman – Fresh Out Mag, Five Fleas – Roberta Beach Jacobson, Johannes Bjerg – The Other Bunny, Lavana Kray – Our Best Haiga, John S Green – Haiku Dialogue (The Haiku Foundation), Julie Bloss Kelsey – New to Haiku (The Haiku Foundation).

I started writing haiku with Ronovan’s Weekly haiku prompts. I must thank thank them for introducing me to haiku. I started with 5/7/5 traditional haiku and very much enjoyed interacting with fellow poets on Ronovan’s. Then Pure Haiku published one of my haiku and the next was Haikuniverse. Thanks to the editors Freya Pickard and Rick Lupert for making space for my poems.

Since then I have been attempting the contemporary non- 5/7/5 haiku, haiga, haibun and tanka. In the process I have been discovering more and more of myself. I do write free verse too, It’s homecoming!

All the images are digital paintings by me using Procreate tools.

Thank you all for being part of my journey so far. Pleased to share these –

Haiga- Fresh Out Mag

Haiga – Our Best Haiga

Haiga – Fresh Out Mag

Haiga – Our Best Haiga

Haiga – Fresh Out Mag

Haiku/ Haiga – Five Fleas

Senryu/ Haiga – Haiku Dialogue

Senryu – Five Fleas

Senryu – Five Fleas

Senryu – Five Fleas

Senryu – Five Fleas

Monoku – Modern haiku Journal

Haibun – The Other Bunny

Haibun – The Other Bunny

Monoku – Digital art with procreate

Short poem – Five Fleas

New to Haiku is a regular feature on The Haiku Foundation website. Please visit this link to read this wonderful collection of poems edited by Julie Bloss Kelsey which features poems reflecting the self, by amazing poets whose works I admire and look up to. Fortunate to have one of mine listed alongside!


Introduction to the Haiku Mixer!

I also received a digital copy of the Sakura Haiku Anthology which carries poems from the Sakura Haiku Challenge hosted by Office of The Consulate General of Japan. Blessed to have two of my haiku anthologized in the same.

Sakura Haiku Anthology Cover Page

My haiku from the anthology

I am hoping to catch up with regular blogging in the days to come…festive season, moving house, daughter and family visiting us…next couple of months.

Meanwhile happy blogging and poetry time! Have a great Thanksgiving, Diwali and any festival you may be celebrating. Cheers!

Haiku Senryu Haiga and Haibun

Art and poetry sees us through another month and I am very fortunate to have these published in wonderful journals!

Failed Haiku Journal Aug 1st 2022 (Editor- Kelly Moyer)

first draft
of my apology
unwilling goat

Better Than Starbucks Aug 2022 Issue

butterfly –
cosmos to cosmos
the shifting axis

winter mist
on sweet patchouli
I dream of home

nightingale leaves
the crescendo –
missing notes

Editors Vera Ignatowitsch and Kevin McLaughlin @better_than_starbucks for publishing three of my haiku in the current issue of Better than Starbucks journal! Do visit here to read the current issue which includes an imaginary interview with Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Kevin McLaughlin!


The last haiku is written in honour of our own dear dear nightingale Late Lata Mangeshkar 🙏❤️

Haiku Dialogue Weekly Selections (The Haiku Foundation) Aug 3rd 2022, Aug 17th 2022, Aug 31st 2022 – Literary Devices- Editor Alex Fyffe

crayon moons
loose their loops
empty nest

the weeping woman
how we continue
to water the war!?

autumn breeze
my bucket list frees
wish after wish

Asahi Haikuist Network – Asahi Shimbun Editor- Prof. David McMurray 5th Aug 2022

a lost ant
hunting for a way out
of the sugar mound

Failed Haiku Journal Sept 1st 2022 – Editor – Bryan Rickert

our comfort zone
in the shared geography

The Other Bunny- Editor Johannes Bjerg– Haibun


All the miles dotted with volcanoes raised by monosyllables. The last thing I would need on a long-haul flight is one less wing.

at the shore
sandcastles of
all lost one minutes

Visit here to read and submit to this very interesting running blog publishing ‘the other kind of haibun’ https://theotherbunny.blog/

Our Best Haiga is a wonderful place that features Black and White Haiga edited by the kind and inspiring editor – Lavana Kray!


Scarlet Dragonfly Journal – Editor- Kathleen Trocmet

!9th Aug 2022

This is a doodle haiga (not published anywhere!) Just sharing it here. Hope you like it 🙂

Thank you so much for reading through. Have a wonderful week 🙂 🙂

haiku/haiga/haibun – July 2022

A little more than halfway done through 2022. As always poetry-writing and sharing has lessened the clichés of life. I feel truly blessed to have my submissions read by amazing editors. There were rejections too as is the case with submissions. But in the process of interaction with editors, I gathered knowledge, warmth, and useful pointers for which I remain grateful. Acceptances of course are great joy and reassurance.
Combing through my published writing from last few weeks, I found these. Sharing them here to include you in my journey.

This haiga is from Fresh Out, an art and poetry collective co-edited by Eric Lohman! Do visit their facebook page to know submission guidelines! https://www.facebook.com/freshoutmag

This is my digital painting using procreate.

Whiptail is an amazing journal of the single line poem. Very happy to have my poem here in the current issue –

Very pleased to have my single line poem here in the current issue – Editors – Kat Lehmann and Robin Smith

first raindrops end the longing for my native hills

Daya Bhat, India

Do check their site here for an amazing read and submission details


The haiku below is from the weekly Haiku Dialogue selections. Editor Alex Fyffe for the current series.

Do check out their weekly prompts here – https://thehaikufoundation.org/category/features/haiku-dialogue/

Poetry Pea Podcast and Journal edited by the very kind and encouraging editor Patricia McGuire is a very happening place with interesting video interviews, podcasts and much more. Do visit here for more https://poetrypea.com/ Happy to have one of mine in the podcast themed on memories!

Presence is Britain’s leading independent haiku journal. Truly honored to have my haiku included here for the current issue. Very thankful to editor Ian Storr!

Do visit here to know more about Presence – https://haikupresence.org/

Here is another haiga published by Fresh Out. This is an amazing place to submit art, poetry, haiga, shahai!

Digital painting using procreate

Drifting Sands Haibun (https://drifting-sands-haibun.org/ ) is a wonderful journal of Haibun and Tanka Prose. The current issue is edited by Kala Ramesh, a renowned pioneer in the field of haikai literature in India. I feel blessed to have my very first haibun accepted for publication by none other than Kala Ramesh!

Thank you so much for reading through. Have a great weekend and happy writing everyone 🙂

Kontinuum – Contemporary Haiku

Pleased to have my haiku published in this amazing journal of contemporary haiku. More about Kontinuum here- https://haikukontinuum.com/

Do visit this link to read the current issue https://haikukontinuum.com/aktualis/ which has a special feature on the wonderful writer and poet Kurt Vonnegut, book reviews and other forms of short poetry other than haiku and senryu. Joy to have two haiku in the Vonnegut special feature.

Thanks to the kind editors Adam Bogar and Rebeka Sara Szigethy whose mission statement is –

. . . to popularize the genre of contemporary and (post)modern haiku and to integrate it into the Hungarian critical and theoretical discourse. On the one hand, we provide a venue for haijin writing in Hungarian to explore and push the boundaries of, and experiment with, the genre of haiku; on the other . . . read more here – https://haikukontinuum.com/

Do read, submit to, and enjoy this wonderful journal.

Have a wonderful weekend and happy writing!

Buttercup sun

There’s a folklore about buttercup flowers.

An excerpt from the article from Steemit.com.


“Legend of Ranunculus: According to this old legend, a Libyan youth named Ranunculus was known for his wonderful performing voice and shocking clothing of yellow and green silk. His voice had the ability to entrance any who heard him sing. One day when singing to a gathering of wood fairies, he turned out to be so enchanted by his own particular voice that the fallen and surrendered the phantom. To respect the fallen youth, Orpheus changed him into the small buttercup that has been known as Ranunculus from that point onward.”

Buttercups have an inherent quality to attract and hold sunlight. When the sun is up high they look literally like light bowls.


I am happy to share my haiku from the Haiku Dialogue of The Haiku Foundation. This is a weekly feature with wonderful prompts. This haiku is themed on Language of Flowers – colour symbolism. The buttercup sun haiku was one among the selectons for the week by Guest Editor Carole MacRury ! I am thankful to her for giving my ‘buttercup sun’ kigo a home. Buttercup sun, as in, the spring sunlight seems to have a yellow tinge, just like yellow buttercup flowers. Absorbing the spring sun buttercups look like light bowls, illuminated and enlightened!

Haiku Dialogue – THF

Here are the rest of my hobby art and haiga experiments.

Have wonderful buttercup sun shining through your week!

Frameless sky video Journal – dedication – Ukraine

Frameless Sky is a wonderful poetry video journal edited by Christine Villa. The latest issue 16 is dedicated to the people of Ukraine. Please find the link under to visit and contribute to this journal in your own way


I have a monoku here but rest of the journal poets have poured their hearts out for Ukraine. Do check out the video link on their home page.

Prayers prayers and prayers that in the future of humanity there should never arise a need for anyone to write on war themes.

May peace and strength be with the people of Ukraine.

Autumn Moon Haiku

Years ago I painted a vase in poster colours during my art workshop at Nirmal Studio. The vase in sparkling prussian blue with a golden rim sat quietly in the backdrop of scarlet drape. I framed it few days later and now it hangs in my drawing room. I never realized then I just sealed its destiny, stealing from it the very purpose it was created.

Whenever I look at the vase I think of all the possibilities if it weren’t a painted vase. Spring comes and goes but this vase will never hold flowers.

Sharing here my haiku that was published in the wonderful Autumn Moon Haiku Journal. I gave my vase an autumn moon haiku to hold…almost flowers!

Do read the rest of the haiku poems here https://www.autumnmoonhaiku.com/ edited by the very kind, inspiring and encouraging editor Bruce Ross.

The current issue has a beautiful message of hope and strength by editor Bruce Ross. Do read along.

Hope you are having a great weekend. Happy writing 🙂