Harrisham Minhas is a Punjabi born in Jalandhar, India. She lives in USA. She likes to combine the tangible rhythms of words, feelings and imagery to create her poems. She has won Honorable Mention in the United States category in the 2018 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational, Second Prize The 19th Mainichi Haiku Contest 2015 (International Section), Merit Award in the 24th ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest, Honorable Mention in The Mainichi Haiku Contest 2012, Honorable Mention in Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational 2011, Second Prize in The Mainichi Haiku Contest 2010 (International Section). Her poems have been published in: The Tribune, Creations Magazine, paper wasp, Harvests of New Millennium, Barnwood, On Viewless Wings Anthology, LiteraryMary, Mu, Mayfly, Haigaonline, Muse India, Modern Haiku and others. Harrisham writes in various poetry forms and styles. She is the inventor of two poetry forms: Harrisham Rhyme and Harrisham Sonnet, which are being internationally used by poets. Harrisham is an Electronics and Communication Engineer.
She works as Senior Digital Content Manager in USA.


Harrisham Rhyme is a poetry form, which consists of a six-line rhyming stanza.
In this form, the last letter of the first word of each line is the first letter of the first word of next line.
There is no restriction on the starting letter of the first line.
Rhyming scheme : ababab.


Motifs (Form: Harrisham Rhyme)

Residing in a house amidst a sleepwalking tea garden,
gives you no reason to assume untimely caffeine in your nights.
Sun fetches waters in its earthen pots, as nights are laden,
nodding to every yogic Surya Namaskara offered from all sites.
Garner colored moisture from falling petals when autumns harden,
reshape every day into your own motif, as your body reads, soul writes.


Harrisham Sonnet poetry form was created by Harrisham Minhas.
Harrisham Sonnet is written in 3 stanzas consisting of 2 sestets and a couplet.
For each of the stanzas, the last letter of the first word of each line is the first letter of the first word of the next line. There is no restriction on the starting letter of the first line in each of the stanzas.
There is no restriction on the syllable count in this form, but it is required that the poem should have a good rhythm to it.
Rhyme scheme:
First stanza : ababab
Second stanza: cdcdcd
Third stanza: ee


Optimistic Avenues (Harrisham Sonnet)

Whenever life's colorful mosaics appear to fade,
reach for hopeful dyes and create the desired hues.
Halt the path of scary vultures who try to invade,
tell your will's giant scarecrows to bid them adieu.
Life presents mirth in various masquerades,
eradicate dulling thoughts, for smiles you pursue.

They're grounded by gravity, still trees propel higher,
emerging through bitter and pleasing climes,
growing in abundance is what many beings desire,
garnering self-belief helps to successfully climb.
God always listens, humbly his blessings you acquire.
Do what is right, don't lose your morals over the time.

Let the carpet embody all negative shards outside the door,
terminate all sorrows, don't summon sadness anymore.


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