Young haiku master

KATHMANDU: A young Nepali student has won an international haiku competition.

Janak Sapkota has won a cash prize of Euro 2,500 at the Smurfit Samhain International Poetry Competition, Ireland. The two other winners are from Macedonia and the US.

Says Sapkota, who is a Physics undergraduate, “A friend in Ireland told me about the contest, and paid the application fee and I sent in my haikus.”

Haiku is nature-centred three line poem of 17 syllables or less in which we wee into the transitory and eternal life of things.

Sapkota’s haiku is on the croaking of frogs and the ripening of paddy.