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2003 Haiku Senryu Tanka Rengay Contest Results

HAIKU     (Judge:  paul m.)

 

First Place ($100)

 

a phoebe’s erratic flight

this canoe trip

won’t settle anything

 

Laurie Stoelting  (Mill Valley CA)

 

Second Place  ($50)

 

autumn sunset

the wake of a tugboat

sloshes ashore

 

            Christopher Herold  (Port Townsend WA)

 

Third Place ($25)

 

Indian summer

rust on our hands

from the swing

 

            w. f. owen  (Antelope CA)

 

Honorable Mentions (unranked):

 

year end—

a trail of footprints crosses

the old pond

 

            Timothy Russell  (Toronto OH)

 

first snow

some time left

on the parking meter

 

            John Stevenson  (Nassau NY)

 

 

SENRYU     (Judge: John Stevenson)

 

First Place ($100)

 

trapped

in the vinegar bottle

mother

 

            Evelyn Hermann (Mill Valley CA)

 

Honorable Mentions (unranked):

 

      3-block Main Street

the waitress asks if we want

              menus

 

            D. Claire Gallagher  (Sunnyvale CA)

 

tourists talking

in several languages—

the glassblower exhales

 

            Michael Dylan Welch  (Sammamish WA)

 

 

TANKA     (Judge: Lynne Leach)

 

First Place ($100)

 

absurd no doubt

letting my day be shadowed

by a novel’s gloom

   as if a neighbor’s tree

   had dropped an earlier twilight

 

            Carol Purington  (Colrain MA)

 

Honorable Mentions (unranked):

 

for breakfast

I’ll give you bread

but for the afternoon

please carry the worms

and let’s go fishing

 

            Michael McClintock (Ssouth Pasadena CA)

 

keening winds . . .

leaves are dust in chimney pots

webs shiver stone to stone

where are you as yet unmet

or brushing past, unknown?

 

            Nancy Stewart Smith  (Athens (GA)

 

from The Wall

Down the valley of shadows

that pour into your name

a tiny snail

leaves a trail soft as tears

 

            Linda Jeanette Ward  (Coinjock NC)
 
 

RENGAY     (Judge: Paul Watsky)

 

First Place  ($100)

 

THE HILTOP CASTLE

 

autumn rain—

the blurred view

from the hilltop castle            

 

            umbrellas sold out

            a shower of cherry blossoms

 

distant siren…

an unexpected drizzle

mists my sunglasses

 

thunderstorm—

a dog’s black coat

steaming

 

            cloudburst ends

            the little girl’s tantrum

 

rainbow

over the meadow

where we used to picnic

 

 

           

Michael Dylan Welch

Ikuyo Yoshimura

 

 

Second Place

 

CLACK OF THE RAILS

 

commuter train

tantalizing headlines

two rows ahead

 

            a valentine’s day bouquet

            perfurmes our trolley

 

uptown bus

the pickpocket courteously

offers me his seat

 

            leaving the station—

            the conductor’s ticket punch

            glints at her waist

 

from the knapsack in his lap

a muffled meow

 

            clack of the rails…

            meadowlarks on a fence

            whisk past the window

 

                        Carolyn Hall

                        Ebba Story

 

 

 

Third Place

 

LINGERING LIGHT

 

alfresco art class

clouds sweep across

every canvas

 

lingering light—

the nude model’s charcoal smudge

 

a chalk outline

on the asphalt—

hot summer night

 

thin moon—

an unfinished sculpture

gathers dust

 

Venus in Aquarius—

her mood darkens

 

street signs

blackened with graffiti—

we drive toward the dawn

 

            Carolyn Hall

            Billie Wilson

 

 

 

           

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

 

AROUND MAY

 

May Day

a cloud of mosquitoes

rings the sapling

 

family get-together

mayonnaise or Miracle Whip?

 

a little blond girl

leads the boys in a game

Mother, May I?

 

maple tree shade

grandma’s arms circle

my child

 

high-stepping through grass

future majorette

 

maze of stars—

silver streamers glitter

on her tambourine

 

            Michael L. Evans

            Connie Donleycott

 

 

 

BREAK IN THE CLOUDS

 

winter dusk

the trolley doors close

between us

 

as if she will return…

her unmade bed

 

break in the clouds

twigs unravel from

the fallen nest

 

cracking walnuts—

the crooked part

in grandmother’s hair

 

a sea cliff’s widening rift

above the fault line

 

granite gravestone—

beside his name

a space for hers

 

            Ebba Story

            Carolyn Hall

 

 

 

 

ON BROADWAY

 

another birthday…

overpriced cheesecake

at the neon-lit diner

 

            the rapper’s sneakers

            flash at each step

 

red light—

a streetwalker whispers

hello there…

 

Club 69—

the stretch limo

turns on a blinker

 

            drunken girls

            waving glowsticks

 

a taxi home—

Broadway lights

dimmed for Hepburn

 

            Brian Tasker

            Maichael Dylan Welch

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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