2015

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

silhouette

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)

 

plucking

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

 

searching

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

 

Lost

 

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

 

 

 

Underbelly

 

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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