2015 HPNC haiku, tanka, senryu contest

HAIKU    (Judge: Ce Rosenow)

 

First Place ($100)

winter gathering –

bits of bone too

heavy for the wind

                   paul m, Bristol RI

 

Second Place ($50)

 

pine needle path

ordinary words

layered just so

                   Julie Warther, Dover OH

 

Third Place ($25)

 

a fire station’s halyard

banging in the wind –

another night of protests

                   paul m, Bristol RI

 

Honorable Mention (not ranked)

 

autumn equinox –

a fern curls back

into the earth

                   Julie Warther, Dover OH

 

his widow’s

silhouette

early sunset

                   Joseph Robello,Novato CA

 

sea fog

somewhere else

the right words spoken

                   Sharon Pretti, San Francisco CA

 

 

TANKA    (Judge: Margaret Chula)

 

First Place ($100)

 

the pieces

of his jigsaw puzzle

litter the floor . . .

winter moonlight slipping

through the hospice window

                   Chen-ou Liu, Ajax, Ontario, Canada

 

Second Place

 

the bouquet

i surprised mom with

on her birthday . . .

the pain in her smile

for the 20 bucks i spent

                   Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy, Birmingham, UK

 

Third Place

 

worn thin

after all these years

my worry stone

cracks in half—

all my worries set free

                   Lesley Anne Swanson, Coopersburg PA

 

Honorable Mentions (in order of preference)

 

plucking

a nose hair—

this divorce

more painful

than I thought

                   Susan Burch, Hagerstown MD

 

this jade plant

all that remains

so like you

to bequeath me

so much sturdy green

                   Donna Buck, Carlsbad CA

 

your vein-streaked hand

lifts the hem of my dress

. . . barely visible

      beneath frost-burned blooms

      fresh buds on the quince

                   Linda Jeanette Ward, Coinjock N.C.

 

 

SENRYU    (Judge: Carlos Colón)

 

First Place ($100)

baby shower

the curve of her belly

invites us in

                   Carolyn Hall, San Francisco CA

 

Second Place

 

first love the ring his ring leaves

                   Julie Warther, Dover OH

 

Third Place

 

searching

the pages of the Bible—

two still joined by gilt

                   Julie Warther, Dover OH

 

Honorable Mentions (in order of preference)

 

after the nightmare

mother leaves a light on

for the ambulance

                   Tracy Davidson, Warwickshire UK

 

your enlistment photograph

 

            as you were

 

                   Scott Mason, Chappaqua NY

 

talking to myself

the color of her

last breath

                   Renée Owen, Sebastopol CA

                  

an old Dodge Dart on the front lawn

my neighbor, I wonder

how he lives

                   Rich Krivcher, Citrus Heights CA

 

 

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