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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


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)



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



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

Rengay (Judge:  Garry Gay)



First Place


Weighing In


Michael Dylan Welch, Summamish, WA

Sonja Arntzen, Canada


summer trip—

no scale

on the island map                     Michael


      scaling the hill

he skins his knee                Sonja


scales of justice—

my uncle’s brass rubbing

framed in his office                  Michael


snake scales

transparent on my palm…

the discard                                Sonja


     my son practicing

     a minor scale                       Michael


in the scale model

of our new home

his infinite care                         Sonja



“Weighting In” What makes this a very wonderful rengay for me is the playful way the poets used the word “scale.” Its very clever, original and a very clear theme. Each verse can stand alone and yet connects to over all poem linking perfectly to the theme. Its nicely done.


Second Place




Stephanie Baker, San Francisco, CA

Sherry Barto, Daily City, CA

Chuck Brickley, Daly City, CA


lost in an eddy-wind

the drone

without its queen                                 Stephanie


sharpening his sword

masterless samurai                              Sherry


empty park

the pit bull wags what’s left

of his tail                                             Chuck


street corner encampment

a stirring of cardboard boxes              Stephanie


“Hit the road Jack”

cut off as the driver

rolls up his window                            Sherry


fog drifting

the old shrine here somewhere           Chuck



“Lost” You can feel the loss of each verse, the “lost” effect ripples throughout the over all poem. It shows you the many ways things are lost or misplaced or even an empty feeling like the “masterless samurai” or the encampment of cardboard boxes.

The poem is intricate in that it does not tell you what is “lost” just that something is missing. This poem is a fun read, and I kept coming back to it over and over.



Third Place


A Shared Umbrella


David Terelinck, Australia

Beverley George, Australia


this sleight-of-hand

known only to magicians

and timezones                                  David


     a phone call transports you

     to the armchair next to mine       Beverley


here or there

in every photo

our elbows linked                            David


     a shared umbrella

     our fingers tracing lines

     on the same map                         Beverley


charting a friendship

that’s never lost its way                   David


     each day a book,

     a cup, a pen you gave me

     cradled in my hand                     Beverley


“A Shared Umbrella” This rengay captures the feeling of a friendship over a life time. Can a rengay travel this far over time when often they are more like haiku in the here and now? This one does and it brings a lot of feelings with it. While the individual verses work well, it’s the over all feeling of the poem or its theme that ties it together for me.



Honorable Mention  (not ranked)


No Escape


Julie Warther, Dover, OH

Angela Terry, Lake Forest Park, WA


late autumn

a hornet’s nest

in the cemetery tree                      Julie


no escape route

highlighted                                   Angela


tuesday afternoon

a fly’s thwap thwap

against the window                      Julie


leaf bonfire—

a moth stops by

to investigate                                Angela


cutting off asters—

a black chrysalis                           Julie


milkweed pods…

a monarch misses

the fall migration                          Angela






Beverley George, Australia

David Terelinck, Australia


pink underbelly

of a huntsman spider

on the fly-screen door                      Beverley


     she lies to mum

     about her facebook friend          David


a retreating tide

dumps one spike-heled shoe

on sloping sand                                Beverley


     day after day

all the teenagers who

look like her…                             David


a flock of noisy miners

drive off a wattlebird                             Beverley 


a flock of noisy miners

drive off a wattlebird                             Beverley 


the silences

… where once

we’d mention her name               David

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