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2007 Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, Rengay Contest Result

 

HAIKU    (Judge: Billie Wilson)

 

First Place ($100)

 

           summer

     one bumblebee

   deepens the hum

 

               Ernest J. Berry

               Picton, New Zealand

 

Second Place  ($50)

 

weathered bench—

I open my palms

to the winter sky

 

D. Claire Gallagher

Sunnyvale, CA

 

Third Place  ($25)

 

hollow center

of the raspberry—

Mother's silence

 

D. Claire Gallagher

Sunnyvale, CA

 

Honorable Mentions (ranked):

 

ouija board evening—

through the trees

a window of sky

 

Carolyn Hall

San Francisco, CA

 

cold morning

the saw's song changes

in the heartwood

 

Jim Kacian

Winchester, VA

 

the shadow

bigger than the pebble…

hunter's moon

 

Josh Wikoff

             Petaluma, CA

 

second miscarriage—

chalk flowers dissolve

in a late spring rain

 

John Thompson

Santa Rosa, CA

 

 

 

SENRYU   (Judge: Roberta Beary)

 

 

First Place  ($100)

 

after the dentist

prying open

the oyster

 

               Bill Pauly

               Dubuque, Iowa

 

(Instead selecting Second Place and Third Place, the judge selected Ranked Honorable Mentions and Unranked Honorable Mentions)

 

 

Honorable Mentions (ranked)

 

night-nurse

see how she tip-toes

over the moon

 

    Ernest J. Berry

               Picton, New Zealand

 

 

passing the cream puffs

the guest of honor full

of herself

 

 Francine Banwarth

              Dubuque, Iowa

 

Honorable Mentions (unranked)

 

reunion

almost forgotten

the old me

 

Roland Packer

Hamilton, Ontario

 

my death poem

rejected

I carry on

 

Scott Mason

Chappaqua, New York

 

tax deadline

everybody says

it's nice outside

 

John Stevenson

Nassau, New York

 

 

TANKA   (Judge:  Ellen Compton)

 

First Place  ($100)

 

weary

of the same old thoughts…

the scrape

of eucalyptus leaves

on the peeling wall

 

John Barlow

Waterloo, United Kingdom

 

 

(No Second Place and Third Place)

 

 

Honorable Mention (unranked)

 

in a voice

soft as light

cast by embers of pine

she reads from a book of moons

to a child no longer there

 

Linda Jeannette Ward

Coinjock, NC
 

autumn afternoon

we keep our distance

in dappled light

talking about the life

we haven’t shared

 

Sylvia Forges-Ryan

North Haven, CT

 

alone by choice

this autumn evening

a grebe arcs

across the reservoir

the sunset in its wake

 

John Barlow

Waterloo, United Kingdom

 

 

RENGAY   (Judge:  Cherie Hunter Day)

 

First Place  ($100)  

 

   

Sixth Sense 

 

the baby’s eyes

change color

with the sky                                          Tom Clausen, Ithaca, NY

 

        loud train horn—

        ice crystals hang in the air            Michael Dylan Welch, Sammamish, WA

 

three-cheese lasagna—

a bit of garlic stuck

to the pulled-out hair                           Tom

 

at the seaside museum

the sample otter skin

worn bare                                             Michael

 

        parking lot’s fresh blacktop

        simmers in the sun                       Tom

 

Peter and the Wolf—

my toddler’s eyes

opening wider                                      Michael

 

Second Place   ($50)

 

 

Circling

 

homecoming…

moss thickens

on the sundial                                      Billie Wilson, Juneau, AK

 

the web returns to stillness

winter fly                                             Carolyn Hall, San Francisco, CA

 

eight names for the wind—

a crumbling compass rose

on his gravestone                                 Billie

 

Hunter’s Moon

white tails of the deer

bound into the woods                          Carolyn        

 

dark shadows—

an owl circles its prey                          Billie

 

rustling corn stalks—

again she enters

the labyrinth                                        Carolyn

 

 

 

Third Place   ($30)

 

Quilt

 

this box of fabrics

no one wanted when Grandma died…

last leaves falling                                   Helen K. Davie, Templeton, CA

 

    faded, a rainbow quilt

    the color of her hair                          Lynne Leach, Kentfield, CA

 

the hushed snip-snip

of scissors cutting cloth—

puddles dimple again                            Helen

 

     “Starburst”

     needlepoints of light

     melt into midnight blue                    Lynne

 

binding the layers together

a trail of tiny stitches                             Helen

 

     so tight this last thread…

     on his bed a new comforter

     in case he comes home                    Lynne

 

 

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