Seasons: A Series of Haiku 

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Haiku and illustration by Jyothirmai Gubili


the winter tree

not so bare


I forget to take

my pain medication

… first robin


long summer hikes

my vitamin D level 

still low


ignoring my no

another leaf

falls …


About the Author

Jyothirmai Gubili is an editor with the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Her work involves writing for and maintaining the “About Herbs” database. She also contributes book chapters and articles about complementary medicine for oncology journals and health magazines. She holds a master of science degree in microbiology from the University of Hawaii and has coauthored molecular biology articles.

In her spare time she enjoys writing poetry, knitting, and watercolor painting. Her poems have appeared in the Science Editor, The Oncologist, The Heron’s Nest, Simply Haiku, Magnapoets, and in Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America.