Congratulations to the winners!
embracing the boundless –
an empty boat
closer to the moon
Steliana Cristina Voicu (Ploiesti, Romania)
There is a nice resonance filling the scope of this haiku, it starts with ‘boundless’ in Line 1 and continues to the unnamed waters be it sea, or lake or ocean, where the reflection of a boat sits on the water.
A truly wabi sabi image, constructed in a freestyle structure of three lines syllables 6/4/5.
long after the song
of the first bird is over –
swaying cherry twig
Eduard Tara (Iasi, Romania)
After reading this haiku we are caught, enwrapped, continuing to savour its essence in by the Line 3 ending of the swaying branch. How skillful of the writer, the ephemeral existence of the cherry petals which are taken on the wind, seem a little more easy to bear, as an observer, it will be difficult gone in a such a short time, but as a haiku reader, the nuance remains as we read and sway with that branch.
His structure is go shichi go, 5/7/5; a lovely neo-classical piece presented in three lines.
an open door
evening shadows reach out
Vanessa Proctor (Sydney, Australia)
The use of sound and sight, the appeal to our senses here is just marvellous, shadows reaching into frogsongs, these words form a are a painted canvas of advancing night with a fullness of its creatures, to remind us of time and season. Line 1 by invitation allows this process to naturally take place. Really lovely. Nice form too 3/6/3.
and my reverie
Simon Hanson (Allendale, Australia)
December. . .
just a grassblade
to stare at
Kanchan Chatterjee (Jamshedpur, India)
my kitchen garden
overrun with orange pumpkins
the weight of summer
Marietta McGregor (Canberra, Australia)
a mocking-bird fashions it
Ernest J Berry (Blenheim, New Zealand)
mother scrapes darkness
off the kettle
Carl Seguiban (Vancouver, Canada)
rain after rain –
just one magnolia offered
to the stone Jizo
Angelee Deodhar (India)