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March 2013 Results

Congratulations to *** BILL HUDSON ***, winner of our Kigo section and to ***TOM PAINTING ***, winner of our Free Format section!

VOTERS' Comments are indicated by ** below the respective poems.
POETS' Comments are indicated by ^^ below the respective poems.

Kigo Theme: 
EMERGING INSECTS

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First Place -  36 Points
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first cricket
I slow my pace
to listen
 
Bill Hudson
(2,9,12) = 36 pts
**A fine haiku, making me feel warm appreciation for the "I" person in the poem, presumably the haijin. Thank you!
**Loved how this first cricket stayed with me as I read through all the others
 
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Second Place -  23 Points
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empty chrysalis –
I always knew
about her wings
 
Eduard TARA
(4,3,5) = 23 pts
 
 AND

down time . . .
a caterpillar
changes direction
 
BILL KENNEY
(1,5,10) = 23 pts 
 
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Third Place -  21 Points
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mating firebugs -
a little girl hides
her polished nails
 
Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu
(2,5,5) = 21 pts
 
 AND

white moth
the quiet
I continue to seek
 
Dawn Apanius
(1,5,8) = 21 pts
 
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Fourth Place - 19 Points 
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 mayflies --
fishermen's lines
flick the stream
 
Michele L. Harvey
USA
(1,5,6) = 19 pts
 
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Fifth Place - 15 Points 
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empty shell
no longer contains
the cicada’s sound
 
RD McManes
(1,4,4) = 15 pts
 
 
spring mosquito . . .
my blood, your blood
mingling
 
Bill Pauly
(Dubuque, IA USA)
(0,5,5) = 15 pts
 
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Sixth Place - 14 Points 
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 mist 
lightening
gnat by gnat
 
sanjuktaa
(2,1,6) = 14 pts
 
 
summer drought
the ground cracks open
with cricket song
 
Elaine Riddell
(1,2,7) = 14 pts
 
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Seventh Place - 13 Points 
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anniversary -
on my mother's urn lands
a mourning cloak
 
Cezar-F. Ciobîcă
(2,3,1) = 13 pts
 
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Eighth Place - 12 Points 
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sunset -
a dragonfly over
the dried pond
 
Andronic Andra
(0,4,4) = 12 pts
 
 
chrysalis
ready to shed
this too-tight life
 
Lauren Mayhew
(0,3,6) = 12 pts
**Lots of chrysalis-themed 'ku in these entries... to me, this one was the most physical, the most present
 
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Ninth Place - 11 Points 
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born today
only for today --
floating butterfly
 
Michael McClintock
(0,4,3) = 11 pts
 
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Tenth Place - 10 Points 
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 spring garden
the child's eyes flit
from flower to flower
 
Gautam Nadkarni
(1,1,5) = 10 pts
 
 
opening up
the garden shed
-- young spiders
 
Ruth Powell
(0,3,4) = 10 pts
**Love the energy of this haiku... the sense of busy preparation, in contrast with the sense of spiderwebs marking human disuse
 
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11th Place - 9 Points 
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spring breeze-
a few bees swarming again
around the hive
 
Ailoaei Cristina
(0,3,3) = 9 pts
 
 
early spring
a peacock butterfly
in full bloom
 
Ella Wagemakers
(0,2,5) = 9 pts
 
 
light of dawn
from the pink depth of lotus
a bumble bee
 
Vishnu P Kapoor
(0,1,7) = 9 pts
 
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12th Place - 8 Points 
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butterflies
among garden blossoms—
the gardener prunes
 
John Daleiden, Phoenix, Arizona (US) in the Sonoran Desert.
(1,2,1) = 8 pts
 
 
bare legs
how gentle
ticks' landing
 
Doris Lynch
(1,1,3) = 8 pts
 
 
barely spring
the cat playing 
with a dead fly's carcass
 
Stevie Strang
(1,1,3) = 8 pts
 
 
sun-warm cabin
together we wash our face
housefly and I
 
Harvey Jenkins
(1,0,5) = 8 pts
 
 
day of silence
the first bumblebee
dies trying
 
Johannes S. H. Bjerg
(0,1,6) = 8 pts
 
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13th Place - 7 Points 
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trout riffle ...
sharing the Spring air
with the mayflies
 
Kat Creighton
(1,1,2) = 7 pts
 
 
a white moth
surrenders
to the mountain
 
Bill Gottlieb
(0,2,3) = 7 pts
 
 
welcome, ladybugs!
are any of you
sirs?
 
Donna Bauerly
(0,2,3) = 7 pts
**Made me smile.
 
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14th Place - 6 Points 
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the way he enjoys
doing what I ask him not to
first kitchen ant
 
Seren Fargo
(0,2,2) = 6 pts
 
 
lazy afternoon
fruit flies hover
above the plums
 
Cara Holman
(0,1,4) = 6 pts
 
 
picnic for one -
the gentle question
of a moth's touch
 
Sandi Pray
Robbinsville, NC
USA
(0,0,6) = 6 pts
**A quiet moment, richly captured.
 
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15th Place - 5 Points 
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a box elder bug
in my bedside water glass
still swims this morning
 
Zeyda
(1,1,0) = 5 pts
 
 
ants in the bathroom
neighbors in their yards --
signs of spring
 
Shelley Krause
(1,1,0) = 5 pts
 
 
first mosquito bite -
he takes the old tortoise
from the fridge
 
-Ramona-
(1,0,2) = 5 pts
 
 
first spring ants
make me happy today-
how easy life is
 
Tuvshinzaya Nergui
Tsetserleg city, Mongolia
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
 
at bedtime
I pull back the sheet—
a tiny spider
 
Marylouise Knight
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
 
Blackberry Winter
orange ladybugs
dotting the Camellias
 
Rose Marie Stutts, EdD
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
^^Camellias are winter blooming shrubs in the American South
^^A Blackberry winter is the last period of 'cold snap' before warm weather. The cold is needed for blackberry vines to produce fruit.
 
wrinkled sky…
on tinder legs
the spider I knew
 
Alegria Imperial
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
 
gossiping neighbours
a brimstone flits between
mounds of dirty snow
 
polona
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
^^common brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni, one of the first butterflies to awake from its hibernation
 
temple bell...
a butterfly flies away
out of my belly
 
Lech Szeglowski
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
  
a lifetime 
of crawling 
butterfly
 
Gregory Longenecker
(0,0,5) = 5 pts
 
 
marina
sticky with shadflies
the boys chase the girls
 
maxianne
(0,0,5) = 5 pts
 
 
nymph
leaving her larval shell
young bride
 
Stella Pierides
DE/UK
(0,0,5) = 5 pts
 
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16th Place - 4 Points 
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emerging leaves -
green aphides preparing 
the spring offensive
 
STOPS
(1,0,1) = 4 pts
 
 
After snow
circles in ice water
a hum in my ear
 
Yoshitaka
(1,0,1) = 4 pts
 
 
samurai sword handle: 
the reach of the blade carries 
a gold hornet's spirit 
 
Sheila K. Barksdale
(0,2,0) = 4 pts
**The elaborate imagery does indeed seem to work. I feel the realness of that sword and its engraving. A surprising effort, testing boundaries.
 
cicada song in March
tinnitus
 
assu
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
**I can relate to this!
 
a wasp emerges
from the jam jar . . .
the sound red
 
Ron C. Moss
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
out of ootheca
my memoir title too
praying mantis
 
Kath Abela Wilson
Pasadena, CA USA
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
^^ootheca = egg case
 

old elm tree –
a ladybug
flies from the labyrinth
 
Virginia Popescu 
PHOENIX
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
dark clump
of box elder bugs --
the melting snow
 
Gene Doty
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
alone in the park
I think of my father –
look a cricket
 
Miorita
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
chrysalis...
we learn of the monarch's
humble roots
 
S.E. Buffington
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
empty cocoon-
the sky starts at
those wings
 
Rita Odeh
Nazareth, Israel
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
 
spring -
each day
more ants in the kitchen
 
deanna tiefenthal
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
 
still ice on the sill
a fly finds its legs
moving up the glass
 
LeRoy Gorman
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
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17th Place - 3 Points 
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blackbirds
their beaks flashing -
emerging insects ambushed
 
JOHN McDONALD
EDINBURGH SCOTLAND
(1,0,0) = 3 pts
 
 
march window
an ant in the soup
 
martin gottlieb cohen
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
out from the book sale
into winter air
“an obsession with butterflies”
 
jill
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
mayfly hatch
in the feeding frenzy
his fly fools one small trout
 
Edward
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
awakened    a beetle travels across its winter haven
 
D W Skrivseth
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
 
desert sand hill::
a horned toad sucks up
springtime ants
 
Darrell Byrd
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
 
cat transfixed...
wrigglers in a bucket
of standing water
 
Diane Mayr
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
  
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18th Place - 2 Points 
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spring clean-up
ants come to light
from deadwood
 
Tom Painting
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
gertrude--
emerging crane flies too
alas
 
Barbara Snow
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
silent drone…
a cicada climbs
the tree
 
Ted van Zutphen
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
Chrysalis bursting
Delicate wings unfolding
New life beginning
 
Tanja Cilia
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
melting snow --
a yellow jacket surprise
in the shopping cart
 
Angie Werren
Amelia, Ohio
USA
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
  
A caterpillar
swaying upon a green leaf
soon the miracle
 
Keith A. Simmonds
T & T
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
sakura stump
covered with caterpillars
a year late
 
Anonymous
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
first appearance -
glamorous in the spring sun
a ladybug
 
natalia kuznetsova
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
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19th Place - 1 Point
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out in the sun
a pupa crawls
out of the water
 
Ernesto P. Santiago
Philippines
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
sweat rings
under cold drinks—
monarch chrysalis
 
if
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
thumb-sized moths
drift toward the plum tree --
I put away my sweaters
 
mechaieh
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
lingering heat
a spiral of termites
aims at azure
 
Barbara A Taylor
Australia
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
summer meditation
centers upon emergence
of mosquito buzz
 
Ramesh Anand
India
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
a teenager exercises
in her neon lycra
- gadfly
 
Anonymous
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
fallen apple -
a line of ants going
up and down
 
Israel López Balan
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
under melting snow
ants awake in their nest-
murmur
 
Nadalsuren
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
Window pane
fruit fly wanting out -
we whisper.
 
Trevor Camp
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
spring melt -
from the backyard pool
first mosquitos
 
Mike Montreuil
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
ah, first fly
this year, too
kitty
 
gogatsu
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
Waiting for Spring
The butterfly in the cocoon
Wrapped up tight
 
Angelika Kolompar
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
she admires
her grocery store ivy
surprised by aphids
 
Andromeda Jazmon
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
"deep sparkle pupa"
the rainbow trout
deceived
 
Beth Powell
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
frost in March -
just awakened falls heroic
the first house fly
 
Petru-Ioan Garda
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
one-day flies--
there's dancing
everywhere
 
James Dobson.
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
 
Easter Sunday
a woolly bear crosses
the sidewalk
 
Carolyn Coit Dancy
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
a sumo wrestler is training -
moves its wings
a sleeping butterfly
 
Robert Kania
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
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No Points but Thank You 
For Sharing Your Haiku 
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wild horses -
ladybug's first fly
is also her last one
 
Lavana Kray
Romania
 
 
market basket-
earwigs drop to the counter 
as I chop fresh greens
 
--Kirsty Karkow
 
  
bacteria in many fruits.
emerging insects in
Freshwater and Wetlands too
 
purush, guntur
 
  
two ants
one crumb
who's in charge?
 
Ginny Hoyle
 
  
date on a glade 
the stripling's gaze focused on 
two grasshoppers
 
Irena Szewczyk
(Warsaw, Poland)
 
  
winter's sting past
spring's stingers emerge
pollen hunters
 
poseytoon
 
  
a fly on soup ...
mute boy weeping
 
Reza-semnan
 
  
snow retreats
the ants disappear
from the kitchen
 
- ru,
canada
 
 
 humming bees
are the spring or you
coming too late
 
Oddbjørn Aardalen
 
 
 busy scurrying ants
on the yard wall
lengthening days
 
Frances O'Keeffe
 
  
new-born dragonfly
fragile wings dry in the sun
mosquitoes beware
 
Deirdre Godwin
 
  
early ants scurry
in a patch of warm sun
on a log downed in snow
 
Jane DeJonghe
 
  
Mayfly rising
trout breakfast...
short life
 
Tom Conally
 
  
insects emerging
pictografy tree
and spring larvae
 
Jacek Kielich
 
  
busy bumblebee
forsythia butterfly
spring's color match
 
Bernard Gieske
 
 
emerging insects 
escaping from old man's 
forlorn garden
 
Juhani Tikkanen
 
  
waiting for news -
a few ladybugs settle on
a leaf with aphids
 
Seby Lucacs
 
  
wet wings glistening
on a pond log
a stream of tears
 
Jone Rush MacCulloch
 
  
struggling to escape
his pupa squeezes water
out so he can fly
 
gourdman
 

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General Comments:
**For the first time ever, I was unable to use all 6 points in either category.
 
**Hard to choose on this one, so many interesting creepy crawlers. I didn't have enough 2's to go around.
 
**A great many good haiku in this batch! Again, it was a challenge to vote. Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
 
**I found both categories a challenge and am amazed as well as impressed by the haiku the poets produced.
 
**I love this opportunity to read everyone's take on the prompt...and the mystery of not knowing the author of the haiku I’m voting for.
 
**…hard to imagine insects emerging when I've just shoveled another foot of snow off the driveway at -10 degrees C!
 



Free Format Theme: 
SKY COLORS
 
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First Place -  21 Points
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art therapy
rendering the sky
different blues
 
Tom Painting
(0,5,11) = 21 pts
 
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Second Place -  20 Points
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evensong
the sheep on the field
turn red
 
Johannes S. H. Bjerg
(1,4,9) = 20 pts
 
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Third Place -  19 Points
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out of the blue
a day moon spills
into my cup
 
Ted van Zutphen
(1,5,6) = 19 pts
 
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Fourth Place - 18 Points 
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window seat
chasing pink clouds
for miles
 
Doris Lynch
(2,2,8) = 18 pts
**Love the sheer happiness of this observation!
 
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Fifth Place - 15 Points 
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rainbow-
 
my child
counts her crayons.
 
dsnake1
(0,4,7) = 15 pts
  
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Sixth Place - 14 Points 
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morning stillness . . .
fishing net thrown on
the colours of sky
 
Ramesh Anand
(1,4,3) = 14 pts
**I feel like the net is both gathering the image and contributing to the stillness
 
the minute
she was born
cotton candy sky
 
Christina Nguyen
(1,3,5) = 14 pts
 
 
pink sunrise
the kind of child
she might've been
 
Dawn Apanius
(0,3,8) = 14 pts
**I appreciate the idea of feeling called (by a beautiful sky) to imagine who the child might have been.
 
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Seventh Place - 13 Points 
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the warm voices
of the woman folk . . .
watermelon skies
 
Ron C. Moss
(0,4,5) = 13 pts
 
 
the blind man
breathes in the
sunset
 
Bill Hudson
(0,3,7) = 13 pts
 
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Eighth Place - 12 Points 
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sunset
the red sky slips
into darkness
 
RD McManes
(0,3,6) = 12 pts
  
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Ninth Place - 11 Points 
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night ward
the sky spreads
crimson
 
Anne Curran
Hamilton
New Zealand
(1,1,6) = 11 pts
 
 
gray on gray
this light
that hawk
 
Ginny Hoyle
(1,1,6) = 11 pts
 
 
blue sky --
an eagle balances 
in the wind
 
~ Caxton Okoth
(1,0,8) = 11 pts
 
 
hospital window –
the winter sky fills
with cobalt blue
 
Eduard TARA
(0,1,9) = 11 pts
 
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Tenth Place - 10 Points 
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violet sky
the last orange
on grandma's table
 
Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu
(0,2,6) = 10 pts
 
 
the weight
of autumn’s purple sky…
tattoo needle
 
if
(0,2,6) = 10 pts
**I like the sense of anticipation this captures
 
garden café 
caught in the waiter’s eyes 
the sky
 
Irena Szewczyk
(Warsaw, Poland) 
(0,2,6) = 10 pts
 
 
looking to the sky
for answers
shades of grey
 
Ruth Powell
(0,2,6) = 10 pts
 
 
surgery day
the morning sky
a steely grey
 
Cara Holman
(0,1,8) = 10 pts
** "steely" so coldly evokes all those stainless steel surfaces of the OR
 
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11th Place - 9 Points 
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pearly dawn
sparrows picnic
among cherry petals
 
Jan O'Loughlin
(Australia)
(1,1,4) = 9 pts
 
 
early dawn
the new bride's blush
colors the sky
 
Gautam Nadkarni
(0,4,1) = 9 pts
 
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12th Place - 8 Points 
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Basho's pond–
does a frog feel
the blueness?
 
Lech Szeglowski
(1,1,3) = 8 pts
 
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13th Place - 7 Points 
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lavender --
the long-distance train
crossing the grassland
 
Michael McClintock
(1,0,4) = 7 pts
 
 
dune cottage--
through the skylight
the big dipper
 
jill
(1,0,4) = 7 pts
 
 
spring sun
breathing the colors of an
invisible flower
 
-Ramona-
(0,3,1) = 7 pts
 
 
rain and more rain
the hooded crow's
slate grey voice
 
polona
(0,2,3) = 7 pts
**Our eyes are drawn so far out, deep into that sky.
 
nearly
a shade of spring
wind-sharp sky
 
Ann K. Schwader
(0,2,3) = 7 pts
 
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14th Place 6 Points 
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gun shots -
birds drawing red lines
in the sky
 
Lavana Kray
Romania
(1,1,1) = 6 pts
 
  
the racket
in the garden
robin's egg sky
 
Gregory Longenecker
(0,3,0) = 6 pts
 
 
my cup half full
of lukewarm coffee . . .
morning gray
 
BILL KENNEY
(0,2,2) = 6 pts
 
 
March snowstorm
the sky keeps moving
across your blue eyes
 
Bill Pauly
(Dubuque, IA USA)
(0,1,4) = 6 pts
 
 
grey sky --
a drop of water falls
on my nose
 
~ Geoffrey Maina
(0,1,4) = 6 pts
 
 
a stolen memory
apricots
in the gloaming
 
Jone Rush MacCulloch
(0,1,4) = 6 pts
 
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15th Place - 5 Points 
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crimson
after the quarrel
 
sky
 
gogatsu
(1,1,0) = 5 pts
 
 
milk-colored skies
the newborn stretches out
her arms
 
Stella Pierides
(1,0,2) = 5 pts
 
 
burning sky –
the crocus bud 
shaking
 
Miorita
(1,0,2) = 5 pts
 
 
leaden sky--
I trudge
over the moor
 
James Dobson.
(1,0,2) = 5 pts
 
 
winter trees
against the grey sky
crow's caw
 
martin gottlieb cohen
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
 
that sunset
made the crescent moon
smile all night
 
Bill Gottlieb
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
 
blue 
seagulls and sailboats gliding 
blue
 
Christian Michel
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
**i like how the 2nd line seems to divide up the sky and sea.
 
india ink sky
the sweep
of the Cove Point Light
 
Ellen Compton
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
pea green sky
the eerie calm
before the storm
 
Edward
(0,0,5) = 5 pts
 
 
the sun's light
scattering blue
her white lie
 
Beth Powell
(0,0,5) = 5 pts
 
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16th Place - 4 Points 
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taste of moonshine...
aurora ripple
across the sky
 
Michele L. Harvey
USA
(1,0,1) = 4 pts
 
 
cloudy morning -
the color of jacarandas
on the ground
 
Israel López Balan
(1,0,1) = 4 pts
 
 
sheerest cloud
stretched across cold azure
his blank stare
 
maxianne
(1,0,1) = 4 pts
 
 
March morning
a seamless blue on
the camera lens
 
Ella Wagemakers
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
morning coffee. . .
a vermillion sky
warms the day
 
Darrell Byrd
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
tiptoeing child
yellow pencil in hand
the morning sky
 
Oddbjørn Aardalen
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
pink sky at morning grandmother's words thunder
 
Angie Werren
Amelia, Ohio
USA
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
purple dawn--
a river streams
through her diary
 
Alegria Imperial
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
**The third line is a complete surprise. The connection made between sky, river and diary is as real, somehow, as it is magical.
 
blueness
accentuated by a single
white cloud
 
gourdman
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
funeral day --
the Sligo sky could not
be bluer
 
~ Isabelle Prondzynski
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
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17th Place - 3 Points 
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A crimson sky …
the scent of cherry blossoms
floating in the air
 
Keith A. Simmonds
T & T
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
out of the ravine    blackbirds scoop    skyward a dark cloud rises
 
D W Skrivseth
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
a lone figure
on the deserted beach
grayness above
 
natalia kuznetsova
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
bits of blue
splash up—
a deep puddle
 
Marylouise Knight
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
Ducks paddle
through blue sky 
beneath white clouds
 
Yoshitaka
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
stirring oatmeal
she gazes over bent heads
apricot sky
 
Andromeda Jazmon
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
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18th Place - 2 Points 
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her first sunglasses
wide-eyed daughter
looks at a tangerine sky
 
Harvey Jenkins
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
Birdy-man
looking for his bird in
deep blue
 
Reza-semnan
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
shooting star --
the only one seen
in the dark sky
 
~ Elijah Juma
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
the rosy-fingered dawns
Achilles and eons of soldiers
never awoke to
 
Bruce H. Feingold
Berkeley, CA
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
thanks, Hopkins!
"skies of couple-colour
as a brinded cow"
 
Donna Bauerly
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
scarlet evening sky --
two swallows appear as dots
after a downpour
 
~ Catherine Njeri Maina
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
this evening
crimson streaks across the blue
-- i wait for god to speak
 
miriam chaikin
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
setting sun-
her forehead mole
darkens
 
Rita Odeh
Nazareth, Israel
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
beyond the canvas -
beyond the lighthouse -
crimson sky
 
Kat Creighton
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
an unsleepy night - 
the bright morning sky 
shamelessly blue
 
Juhani Tikkanen
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
rooks cry
and awaken the sleepy sky-
light thaw
 
Tuvshinzaya Nergui
Tsetserleg city, Mongolia
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
amber burn
single malt
horizon
 
Jennifer Thompson
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
azure remembering her eyes
 
Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
 
state fair
a cotton-candy sky
on opening day
 
Carolyn Coit Dancy
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
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black at night scent of a primrose
 
Ernesto P. Santiago
Philippines
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
steel-gray sky
mirrored by my handlebars --
I turn toward home
 
mechaieh
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
children paint ship's walls
in streaming red and orange
distant sun glimmers
 
assu
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
tears melt in icecream
a rainbow crosses
the blue
 
Vishnu P kapoor
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
billowing anew 
in his silver trophy - 
the jockey's sky blue silk
 
Sheila K.Barksdale 
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
backlit storm clouds
my shoulders ache from steering 
this boat home
 
--Kirsty Karkow
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
oil paint -
moving clouds change the hue
the blue now gray
 
Anonymous
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
lavander twilight
the lighthouse light blinks
impassively
 
Krzysztof Kokot PL
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
Late sunset
pines wave in the wind
red background.
 
Trevor Camp
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
March evening
celebrating
a first pink sky
 
Mike Montreuil
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
blue sky --
strong sunrays melt
my ice cream
 
~ Pauline Adhiambo
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
blue sky --
a dog folds its legs
at the football ground
 
~ Oscar Ochieng
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
daylight savings...
the purple dusk seems
a shade brighter
 
Diane Mayr
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
dark sky --
a sudden downpour
fills the pitch
 
~ Jacky Shirwatso
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
the children and I
counting the diamonds
in a black velvet sky
 
Rose Marie Stutts, EdD
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
the sun shines
on the flying birds --
blue sky
 
~ Douglas Musumba
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
Pink purple orange
Upturned paintpots splashing hues
From above the clouds
 
Tanja Cilia
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
blue sky --
a passing jet draws 
its smoky trail
 
~ Jescah Auma
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
the red sunset sky
mirrored in urban glass towers
a day moon
 
John Daleiden, Phoenix, Arizona (US) in the Sonoran Desert.
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
sunset –
a colourful 
painting
 
Virginia Popescu 
PHOENIX
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
lilac rose -
when i close my eyes
mountain dusk
 
Sandi Pray
Robbinsville, NC
USA
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
Deep blue -
on the bottom of the lake
a white trail
 
Petru-Ioan Garda
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
late spring
suddenly
a rainbow
 
Stevie Strang
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
dark sky --
a white flash of thunder
blinds my eyes
 
~ Mary Njambi
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
winning at pool
sky in the chalk
on my hands
 
LeRoy Gorman
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
**Like the through-line of happiness and "all's right with the world" which that sky blue color represents
 
dusk -- 
tree trunk black slowly leaking
into the sky's bowl
 
Shelley Krause
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
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LANTERNS' FESTIVAL -
romanian sky colors 
on Guinness Book
 
STOPS
 
 
wet atmosphere
many rainbows
take shape on blue canvas
 
purush, Guntur
 
  
icy winds
primordial amoeba
drift in metal skies
 
Barbara A Taylor
Australia
  
 
solar winds
flap the aurora curtains -
coloured sky
 
JOHN McDONALD EDINBURGH SCOTLAND
 
  
wild onions
tangerine sunset
Irish spring
 
Anonymous
 
  
crimson underfoot
passing through the dawn sky
on wet sand
 
Elaine RIddell
 
  
dark clouds...
lightning strikes hard
on the trees
 
~ Febril Suzat
 
  
spring sky -
splashes in a well bucket
shake off its clouds
 
Nadalsuren
 
 
 cloudless sky --
continous sunrays
heat the ground
 
~ Dennis Omondi
 
  
sunset --
the sky lit orange
on the horizon
 
~ John Maina
 
  
bright sky --
now the sun rises 
to a new day
 
~ Merciline Amunze
 
  
after storm plein air
even my sky 
monsoon green
 
Anonymous
 
  
dark clouds
engulf the blue sky --
sudden showers
 
~ Brian Mulando
 
 
approaching night --
I view the dark sky
through a camera
 
~ Rodgers Adega
 
  
through brooding grey
a small bright streak
shows the sun still shines
 
Frances O'Keeffe
  
 
Spring sky
Mauve and pinks
Heart soars
 
Angelika Kolompar
 
  
iridescent sky
ice crystals form out of air
sun-dog afternoon
 
Deirdre Godwin
 
  
massive mountain wave cloud
ablaze with the pinks and oranges
of setting sun
 
Jane DeJonghe
 
  
twilight...
pink streaks
adorn the sky
 
Tom Conally
 
  
color the sky
frozen waterfall
raises forest
 
Jacek Kielich
 
  
after midnight
the sky tinted green
before the tornado
 
Gene Doty
 
  
not a single bite
just this big smiling pink mackerell
on the evening sky
 
Jon Espen Vassbotn
 
 
 early morning view
squeezing breakfast juice
sun bursting orange
 
Bernard Gieske
 
  
spring rain
future puddles fill
with blueness
 
Boris Nazansky
 
  
pure joy!
pink soap bubbles mingling
the deep blue sky
 
Peter O. Silvani
 
  
waiting to board the flight-
starlings rise
in a rosy sky
 
Anonymous
 
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General Comments:
 **I was able to use only 2 points of the allotted 6. Fearing I might be too harsh, I went through the list several times (that's why I'm only submitting these votes on Friday afternoon), with the result that I dropped one entry I had considered voting for. 
 
**Sorry to make so much work but I could neither drop any of these nor decide that any was vastly better than the rest. Good stuff. 
 
**I was surprised at the absence of color in a challenge about color--so much gray.
 
**Thanks again for this chance to read some excellent haiku and vote on them.
 
**This month I had a long shortlist for each category - the more I read them over, the more it seemed one could get from them.
 
**Thank you for making this Haiku server work another year. I so look forward to each month.
 
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