Friday, August 12, 2016

Mandy's Pages Annual Tanka Contest, 2016

each moment
here on earth is numbered . . .
so why not
fly too close to the moon,
and hang our hats on stars?

1st Place

Judge's Comments:

I chose this as the winner because I wanted to base my decision on originality, freshness, and authenticity. The poet's writing style is utterly captivating! The serious tone of the first two lines pivots in the phrase, "so why not." The mood that follows is somewhat childlike, evoking a sense of adventure and imagination. Isn't that how we should enjoy life? We should take risks, dream big, have fun! With the use of the s/l/s/l/l form, this tanka gives you a heartwarming ending with some dreaming space.

—Christine L. Villa

Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest 2016

8th Contest Selected Haiku Collection

snow lantern
the fading glint
in her eyes

we pack her clothes
in silence

World Haiku Association, July 2016

144th Monthly Haiga Contest

Sonic Boom, Issue 6, August 2016

Ribbons, Volume 12, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2016

what the hands know

she sits and stares
her palms curling skyward
against her thighs
two weathered coracles
adrift, and filled with rain

she fillets a fishbone sky
into quadrants
the way they divided
her cancer into stages

barn swallows
scissor through thick air
until a cloud
falls through her fingers
in an epiphany

Gnarled Oak, Issue 9, July 2016

Honoured to have this image (without haiku) chosen for the cover of Issue 9!

Daily Haiku, Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog, July 2016

in cupped hands
the harvest moon rests
for a moment

1st Place
Bangor Haiku Group
2015 Autumn Haiku Contest

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Issue 8, August 2016