Saturday, February 02, 2019

San Francisco International Competition for Haiku, Senryu and Tanka, 2018

a star tortoise
carries the universe
on its back . . .
are we slowly moving
away from each other

2nd Place Tanka

Judge Kenneth Slaughter's comments:

Tortoises and turtles are survivors. The star tortoise, however, is an endangered species because of its beautiful shell. Humans like to collect them. It's an earthbound creature that carries the symbolic weight of the universe on its back. There are many ways to go in lines 4 and 5, and the ellipses give us a moment to ponder the possibilities.

Scientists know the universe is expanding, and everything is moving away from everything else. The poet reminds of this and wonders if, on a human level, we are also drifting apart. The "we" could be a married couple. Or it could be all of us, as we struggle with alienation, loneliness, and a growing distance from one another. This is a very topical poem, suggesting a whole lot in just five lines.

small embers
of rose hips in snow . . .
the look
in mother's vacant eyes
so hard to define

3rd Place Tanka

labyrinth i walk into and out of myself

3rd Place Senryu

Judge Christopher Herald's comments:

Yes! Both! Love it!

Under the Basho, 2018

Haiga Gallery

Wales Haiku Journal, Winter 2018

Haiga Gallery:

Of Love and War and the Life In Between, Tanka Society of America Members' Anthology 2018

filaments of hair ice
grow longer . . .
how tenuous these threads
that bind us to each other

Ink Sweat and Tears - The Poetry and Prose Webzine - December 2018

The Twelve Days of Christmas Feature

Ninth Day, December 30, 2018

fog deepens
the sound of rabbits
nibbling night

Grand Prize, 2016 World Haiku Competition

on the tundra
caging a winter sky
caribou bones

3rd Place, 2014 UHTS Hortensia Anderson Haiku Awards

snowy field
the owls we thought
were stones

HM, 2017 Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition

Scryptic - Magazine of Alternative Art, Issue 2.4, December 2018

NeverEnding Story, January 2019

Translated into Chinese by Chen-ou Liu:

glassy lake
flocks of snow geese
pull up the moon

1st Place, 2017 Autumn Moon Haiku Contest

Excerpted from the commentary provided by the Judge, Bruce Ross:

Many haiku have been written about the effect of moonlight and the moon's reflection. This haiku is unique and highly poetic in its expression.

Jalmurra, January 2019

In celebration of Bee Week:

January 21, 2019

beside the dock . . .
diving bees

Chuffed Buff Books - Kigo: Seasonal Words, Issue 2, Summer 2014

drips from my fingertips
in the honeyed moments
of a thousand bees

Bright Stars Tanka Anthology, Number 4, January 2014

(the haiku embedded in the above haiga originally appeared in Creatrix Poetry and Haiku Journal, Number 38, August 2017)

(the haiku embedded in the above haiga originally appeared in Brass Bell, March 2017)

(the haiku embedded in the above haiga originally appeared in The Bamboo Hut, August 2016)

#FemkuMag: An E-Zine of Women's Haiku - Issue 8, January 2019

bitter(n) she extends her beak into everyone's business

white rhino
the text I meant
to send

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 4, Issue 38, February 2019

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 4, Issue 37, January 2019

Ephemerae, Volume 1C, November 2018

aspen grove
he fills his pockets
with pirate gold

a spider web
strummed by soft breezes . . .
we can
almost hear the song
of morning dew

Bottle Rockets, Vol. 20, Number 2 (or #40), February 2019

dripping eaves
new music composed
of old snow

Asahi Haikuist Network, January 2019

Christmas skates . . .
a rainbow of little boots
in the warming hut

Fuga No Makoto: Ten Years of the World Haiku Review (Tenth Anniversary Edition Book 1), 2019

ice fog
everything familiar

so many reasons
to shine

crescent moon
a scar on the curve
of your belly

the weight of light
on bent grass

mending fences
the scent of sagebrush
on your fingers