Two (winning) haiga

I don’t enter many poetry contests, but I do love to see what entries win or place in contests/competitions I enjoy and admire. There is always so much to learn from other writers, of course, and it is always an inspiration to see what others produce.

One competition I really wanted to enter was the Fourth Annual Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga  Competition, which is co-hosted by Failed Haiku and Prune Juice, two of the very finest Senryu journals around. It is divided into two groups: the Traditional (i.e., with original drawn art) Category (judged by Ron C. Moss) and the Photographic/Mixed Media Category (judged by Steve Hodge). My two entries were in the second category using photographs I had taken. One was left untouched and the other was embellished by some art programs I enjoy using on my iPad.

Imagine my surprise when I found out one of my entries won First Place in the Photographic/Mixed Media Category and the other one got an Honorable Mention! Yes, I was over the moon. It’s a double honor indeed. All the other entries selected in both categories were wonderful. I really can’t imagine how an editor selects one over another, but they do. My thanks to editor, Steve Hodge for selecting both of my haiga in this competition. I am deeply honored. Thanks also to Mike Rehling and Brent Goodman who edit Failed Haiku and Prune Juice.

I’ve included the comments of the editor because it’s always great to hear someone else’s interpretation and response to a poem.

 

 

 

 

All we left unsaid . . .

 

 

Two senryu and one haiga are in the July issue of Failed Haiku.

 

 

Failed ​Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu

Volume 4, Issue 43

July 2019

 

 

 

 

abandoned nest

four blue eggs

but no answers

 

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vagrant fog

     a distant train

            slows the night   

 

 

 

 

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Catching up!

Over the past few months, a lot of my work has been published, but I’ve been negligent in getting them posted. Breaking from my usual tradition of a separate post for each journal, I’m going to post all of them here in a single posting. Separate poems and journals are both divided by  ***.

 

 

Redlights, Volume 15, No. 2, June 2019

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a day will come

when we are the faces

in old picture albums

and no one left

to give us names

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babcia’s borscht recipe

in faded black ink—

can you smell the beets

bubble and hear her

hum along

 

 

Ribbons Spring/Summer 2019: Volume 15, No. 2

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PET scan . . .

all the dogs & cats

I ever knew & loved

romp in the tunnel

where I lie in stillness

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Ribbons Spring/Summer 2019: Volume 15, No. 2

Tanka Café:  Theme: What Matters [to You]

 

they say time

moves faster as we age

yet here I am

stealing an hour

to listen to the birds

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cattails: The Official Journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, April 2019 Issue

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late winter

the garden’s breath

shifts once more

 

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one crow

and a clutch of chickadees

at the birdfeeder —

that simple need

to fit in someplace

       

 

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Frogpond 42.2 * 2019

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graveside—

white blossoms

lighten the darkness

 

 

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Blithe Spirit 29.2, 2019

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evening meditation

fireflies flit here

& there

                           & there

 

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sacred sites

finding myself praying

in another language

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the soft rustle

of quivering aspen leaves

over and over

I replay the words

I might have said

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a feeling of you

standing behind me …

when I turn around,

only shadow

only silence

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Moonbathing 20 Spring/Summer 2019

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sea glass

    a distant story

        told in waves

            I long

                to read

 

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The Heron’s Nest, Volume XXI, Number 2: June 2019

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a single brass button—

I try to remember

his voice

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Eucalypt  Issue 26,  2019

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without warning

a leaf rises in the wind

then tumbles—

our need for forgiveness

so unexpected, too

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(Eucalypt, The Distinctive Scribblings Awards)

http://eucalypt.info/E-awards.html?fbclid=IwAR2TIZkoI7env3GUJGjZftPzY1FSJbEBKzn5UTsZ7nmXxncO_NpCwyEzE_A

 

 

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Gusts, Contemporary Tanka  No. 29, Spring/Summer 2019

 

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faint notes

of a harpsichord

playing Bach –

why is it you always wait

for one wrong note

 

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you pour a second cup

of pale moon tea

in a teashop in Prague

. . . I wonder what story

the leaves might tell

 

 

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walking alone

past the tide’s own

push and pull –

I turn to see my footprints

wash away

 

 

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Kokako 30, 2019

 

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abbey ruins

voices of evensong

     nowhere                 everywhere

 

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old burying ground

so many grave markers

buried too

 

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in the coffee shop

a glimpse of someone

who looks just like you—

I quickly check my face

in a mirror

 

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dark storm clouds

dissolve in sunlight

and shift again—

your changing moods

just as quick

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