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2009 Haiku Senryu Tanka Rengay results



HAIKU    (Judge: Naia)


First Place ($100)


solstice moon

the sound of the mousetrap

snapping shut


            Carolyn Hall

            San Francisco, CA



Second Place ($50)


to each other

in the dark--

waving lanterns


             Michael McClintock

             Fresno, CA


Third Place ($25)


aspen . . .

I lose a word

or two now and then


            Bill Pauly


Honorable Mentions   (ranked)


the old mare's grave

already dug

April rain


            Carolyn Hall

            San Francisco, CA



Mother's Day card--

the attempt to say more with less

written larger


            Alison Woolpert


the grief still fresh . . .

a leaf comes to rest

on its shadow


            Carolyn Hall

            San Francisco, CA



SENRYU    (Judge: Ce Rosnow)


First Place ($100)


home office 

my wife sends me an email

from the bedroom


            Jeremy Pendrey


Honorable Mentions (not ranked)



the librarian’s



            John Stevenson

            Nassau, NY


after the concert

the conductor motions

for his coat


            Rich Krivcher


retirement day—

my plastic I.D.

snaps in half


            Ruth Holzer


he talks about

his asset allocation

skimming bugs from the pool


            Scott Mason




TANKA    (Judge: Alexis Rotella)


First Place ($100)


winter afternoon

mother and I sort through

her jewelry box—

accepting baubles

just for their stories


            Margaret Chula

            Portland, OR



Second Place



his blue uniform

the mailman

quietly embarks

on a wild adventure


            Cherie Hunter Day

            San Diego, CA


Third Place


the shining moon

that used to perch

on my childhood dreams

now hovers over

a rooming house


            Chen-ou Liu




Honorable Mentions (not ranked)


I pretended sleep

when my wife left them

on the night stand—

two fireflies

in a jar for me


            Michael McClintock

            Fresno, CA



on fox tracks crossing

the frozen river

many winters have gone by

since visiting distant cousins


            Kirsty Karkow


years later

the harsh words I spoke

bequeathed to me—

pressed wildflowers

in her dictionary


            Linda Jeannette Ward



Rengay    (Judge: Billie Wilson)


First Place ($100)


Pausing Mid-Pirouette


between storms

stomping in rainbows

of ocean foam                                     Renée Owen, Sebastopol, CA



a thousand fires

all day the orange sun                         John Thompson, Santa Rosa, CA


rising floodwaters

the boy in the red rowboat

waves a pirate flag                              Renée 


three-day blizzard—

a chain guy adds my twenties

to his wad of green                             John


another heat wave—

she shares a snow cone with her dog 


the lanky sunflower

pauses mid-pirouette

total eclipse                                         John




Honorable Mentions (ranked)


“a pickup game”


standby seat—

filling in the crossword

left unfinished                           Christopher Patchel, Mettawa, IL


     a pickup soccer game

     at the roadside rest stop     Alice Frampton, Seabeck, WA


first graders

fog the school bus window

to play tic-tac-toe                    Christopher


     southbound train

     my solitaire cards

     used for gin rummy            Alice


twenty questions

with the taxi driver                  Christopher



     the last night

     of shipboard charades        Alice





“Thump of a Rose”



a dead friend’s name

on the tip of my tongue             Billie Dee, San Diego, CA


hissing, a lava finger

enters the sea                           Josh Wikoff, Petaluma, CA


rustling aspen

mouse bones

in the barn-owl pellet               Michael Dylan Welch, Sammamish, WA



a locust storm

above the field corn                 Billie


spawned out

each stone in the river

lends its voice                         Josh


the thump of a rose

on the child’s casket               Michael



“Concoctions I” (a bilingual rengay) 


dandelion wine

in the summer house

so many old books                  Linda Papanicolaou, Stanford, CA


grandma’s recipe

for lime flower cordial             Sprite (Claire Chatelet), London, UK 



cider apple trees

by night a pipistrelle

polishes the stars                     Linda


quince jelly

in a copper basin

the winter’s sun                       Sprite


slightly spicy

sorbet of Sweet William          Linda


murder on the Nile

she sips hibiscus tea

in a china cup                          Sprite


(in French)

vin de pissenlit

dans la maison d’été

tant de vieux livres                   Linda


la recette de grand-mère        

pour le cordial de sureau        Sprite


pommiers à cidre

la nuit une pipistrelle

polit les étoiles                        Linda


gelée de coings

dans une bassine de cuivre

le soleil d’hiver                        Sprite


légèrement épicé

sorbet d’oeillet de poète          Linda


meurtre sur le Nil

elle boit du thé d’hibiscus

dans de la porcelaine              Sprite




“Bits of Shell & Ship”

a bag of fruit
by the driftwood fence

a budding friendship                           John Thompson, Santa Rosa, CA


on the incoming tide

a message hidden in a bottle               Renée Owen, Sebastopol, CA



tiny fossils pressed

into blue slate                                      John


finding myself

in a grain of sand—

day at the beach                                  Renée


bits of shell and ship

gleaned from the ribs of waves            John


losing track of time—

their sandcastle walls

in the setting sun’s light                    Renée





“Spiraling Down”


long weekend over

a maple key

spiraling down                                   Tanya McDonald, Bellevue, WA


 a pale green acorn

   sprouts from the nurse log               Russell McDonald, Bellevue, WA


freshly sliced watermelon

the retired mayor

spits the farthest                                 Michael Dylan Welch, Sammamish, WA


siskins bicker

over the fallen thistle sock     


abandoned barn

cottonwood fuzz drifts

through the loft window                     Russell


granddad’s puff

of the dandelion                                Michael