Sonam Chhoki




spring notes

first thaw
dwarf rhododendrons
colour the slope


spring offering
the path to the shrine
covered in primulas



the sky’s scarlet rim
as if someone ordered it
lights up the pines

gun metal sky
the Plough
faintly luminous


Sonam Chhoki finds the Japanese short form poetry resonates with her Tibetan Buddhist upbringing.  She is inspired by her father, Sonam Gyamtsho, the architect of Bhutan’s non-monastic modern education and by her mother, Chhoden Jangmu, who taught her: “Being a girl doesn’t mean you can’t do anything.” She is the principal editor and co-editor of haibun for the United Haiku and Tanka Society journal, cattails.

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