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2004 Haiku Senryu Tanka Contest Results

 

HAIKU    (Judge: George Swede

 

First Place ($100)

 

old steeple

a turban of pigeons

unwinds the hour

               Beverly A. Tift

 

 

Second Place  ($50)

 

sunflowers

the tube of cadmium yellow

squeezed flat

 

               D. Claire Gallagher

 

 

Third Place  ($25)

 

 

     spring rain

the chameleon busy

      being green

               Earnest J. Berry

 

Honorable Mentions (unranked)

 

road flares…

against the bent guardrail

an unknown flower

 

               Scott Mason

 

 

 

late afternoon—

cows’ udders

graze the ground

 

               Margaret Chula

 

 

 

 

 

SENRYU   (Judge: Standord M. Forrester)

 

 

First Place  ($100)

 

how heavy

the empty can

of Slim-Fast

 

               Carlos Colôn

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions (unranked)

 

the waterfall—

a tourist can’t stop

talking

 

               Evelyn H. Hermann

 

 

nursing home

my father

the way I left him

 

               Tom Painting

 

 

carrying a pencil

into the zendo—

no point to it

 

               Minna Lerman

 

 

practicing

her signature

the newlywed

 

               Andrè Surridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

TANKA   (Judge:  Michael McClintock)

 

First Place  ($100)

 

Dressing

for a meal I’ll eat

alone

I decide to let loose

my hair.

 

               Pamela Miller Ness

 

 

Honorable Mentions (unranked)

 

outside

chrysanthemums

darken

the inner voice

I rarely hear

 

               Jeanne Emrich

 

 

. . . you and I

in Vienna when the sky

split stars

and the Ferris wheel spun

out of control . . .

 

               Pamella Miller Ness

 

 

gathering leaves

to make a necklace

I wonder, where is she now

the woman who told me

I have all the talent in the world

 

               Jeanne Emrich

 

 

as I sit here

taking in the river view

I see my feelings for this life

quite like the trees

leaning slightly downstream

 

               Tom Clausen

 

 

 

RENGAY  

 

First Place  ($100)  

 

A Hint of Blue

 

gentle breezes

ruffle the ragged edges

of the iris                                              Hortensia Anderson

 

the wild lilac shows

just a hint of blue                                 Carole Macrury

              

by dyeing’s end,

the indigo vat takes on

a copper sheen                                      Hortensia

 

chasing clouds

in a sapphire gin

a dash of bitters                                   Carole

 

sweet and soulful—

the sax shifts to B minor                      Hortensia

 

navy uniform—

one last dance before

he ships out                                          Carole

 

 

Second Place 

 

Idlers in the Gallery

 

overflowing

its cut-glass vase

La Farge’s magnolia                            Pamela Miller Ness
 

Homer’s croquet player

hides a ball with her skirt                     Michael Dylan Welch

 

strewn across

her studio table

Nell Blaine’s turnips                            Pamela

 

the unused pencils …

Jacob Lawrence grins

in his self-portrait                                 Michael

 

gathering hollyhocks

Frieseke’s woman in blue                     Pamela

 

to the porch born …

the precise signature

on Blum’s two idlers                            Michael

 

 

 

 

 

Third Place 

 

more of her cleavage

 

fresh spring salad

a ladybug climbs out

of the tomato                                       Carolyne Rohrig

 

at the dignitaries’ banquet

his debut as pastry chef                       Carolyn Hall

 

cello recital

with every higher note

more of her cleavage                            Carolyne

 

stand-up comic—

a gig on the Borscht Belt

just to get more exposure                     Carolyn

 

their Polaroid kiss

comes into view                                   Carolyne

 

open chrysalis

a monarch

dries its wings                                      Carolyn

 

 

 

First Honorable Mention

 

A Spider in the Words

 

chasing flies

with a pulp magazine—

Sunday noon                                        Max Verhart

 

New York Times puzzle—

a spider in the words                            Betty Kaplan

 

reading in bed—

the irritating buzz-buzz

of a mosquito                                       Max

 

love letters

hidden in the basement—

out comes a beetle                                Betty

 

world poetry anthology

the woodworm went through it all      Max

 

evening hours

in the library—

a cockroach roams                                Betty

 

 

 

Second Honorable Mention

 

Ruby Lip Pring

 

hand-written letter

she signs her love

with a ruby lip print                             Carolyne Rohrig

                             

 

snow angel wingtips

just barely touching                             Carolyn Hall

 

after last night—

“Marry Me?” etched

in the car’s frosted windshield             Carolyne

 

border crossing

another exotic stamp

in their passports                                  Carolyn

 

into the flower press

lady slippers side by side                     Carolyne

 

twins!

birth announcements embossed

with silver spoons                                Carolyn

 

 

  

 

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