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September 2010 Kukai

Congratulations to Melissa Spurr and Marleen Hulst, winners of our Kigo section and to og aksnes, winner of our Free Format section!


September 2010 Results
Kigo Theme: 
Leaves Falling
Free Format Theme: 
Beach/Shore

First Place - Points
getting to know him —
leaf by leaf
the oak bares itself

Melissa Spurr
(3,2,11) = 24 pts

falling leaves
the scent of wet dog
in the hallway

Marleen Hulst
(1,5,11) = 24 pts

I know that smell!

Very true! Nicely evokes the olfactory changes brought by autumn from a different, but familiar, perspective.

Wet dogs do have a different scent when the leaves are falling.


Second Place - 16 Points
leaf fall
the crisp step
of the meter reader

Tom Painting
(0,4,8) = 16 pts

'the meter reader' a clever and appropriate touch.


Third Place – 15 Points
faster
than grandfather's rake
falling leaves

Roberta Beary
(1,2,8) = 15 pts


Fourth Place - 14 Points
to know the light
the way a leaf
falls through it

Francine Banwarth
(2,1,6) = 14 pts

Opens another world.

This one is a stunner. I can see the light, feel the drift & weight of the leaf. This poem is intimate & immediate. It penetrates to the bone. A song of all that lives and dies.

This poem received the highest point value allowed. If possible, I would have awarded the full six points!

still lake —
leaves falling into
their reflections

Ruth Powell
(1,2,7) = 14 pts

little puddle —
the moon floats
on fallen leaves

Jordi Climent
(1,1,9) = 14 pts

falling leaves
another friend
precedes me

Nancy Smith
(0,4,6) = 14 pts

A haiku with poignancy and resonance.


Fifth Place - 13 Points
falling leaf
our conversation ends
before it started

Petar Tchouhov
(3,0,4) = 13 pts

Very simple and pure.


Sixth Place - 12 Points
a kitten
poised for the kill . . .
falling cherry leaf

polona
(1,1,7) = 12 pts

spider web . . .
breaking the fall
of the leaf

Carole MacRury
(1,1,7) = 12 pts

I've seen this. The ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Nice catch.


Seventh Place - 9 Points
raking it in —
knee deep
in autumn sun

Earl R. Keener
(1,1,4) = 9 pts

hospice bill —
the leaves, now,
have started to fall

Michael Dylan Welch
(1,1,4) = 9 pts

today the wind
combing through the fallen leaves
at Bergen-Belsen

Garry Eaton
(0,3,3) = 9 pts

A whole story - waiting for to be continued.

falling leaves
the war continues
on the news

Allen McGill
(0,1,7) = 9 pts


Eighth Place - 8 Points
falling leaves . . .
the Woolly Bear curls
into a sunbeam

Michele L. Harvey
(1,0,5) = 8 pts

resting
in the empty nest —
the oak leaf

C.P.Harrison
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

falling leaves —
in my hand
the shredded sky

Alegria Imperial
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

lunchtime
an old cat catches
an old leaf

Ralf Bröker
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

I'd like a first line that worked a little harder, but that repetition works very well.


Ninth Place - 7 Points
playground —
the rustling of pigeons’ feet
in fallen leaves

Isabelle Prondzynski
(1,0,4) = 7 pts

I can hear this one!

leaves falling . . .
we eat breakfast
for dinner

Collin Barber
(1,0,4) = 7 pts

Stirred my imagination. On some level I recognize something here without understanding what it is.

falling leaves ~
my sick sister
shaves her head

Paul Hodder
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

A moving parallel with the falling leaves and the hope / expectation of spring renewal.

leaves falling
a clear view through
the neighbors’ window

Carmel Westerman
(0,1,5) = 7 pts

Been there, seen that!

hospital window —
a woman watching rain
chase falling leaves

natalia kuznetsova
(0,1,5) = 7 pts

sundown —
following a falling leaf
into darkness

Nana Fredua-Agyeman
(0,0,7) = 7 pts


Tenth Place - 6 Points
Autumn leaves
only the sound of the wind
as they fall

Bill Hudson
(1,0,3) = 6 pts

silent night —
the crackling of footsteps
on fallen leaves

Rhoda Mutheu
(1,0,3) = 6 pts

traffic jam
two leaves falling
and a butterfly

Patricia Lidia
(0,0,6) = 6 pts


Eleventh Place - 5 Points
the quarterback
drops a long one . . .
falling leaves

Michael McClintock
(1,1,0) = 5 pts

falling leaves
shadows grow longer

martin
(1,0,2) = 5 pts

last child
waits at the bus stop
leaves falling

Beth Powell
(1,0,2) = 5 pts

breezy afternoon —
a jacaranda leaf cruises
across the pond

Hussein Haji
(0,2,1) = 5 pts

paying my respects —
the whisper
of fallen leaves

Cara Holman
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

leaves falling
through our walking words
September wind

Boris Nazansky
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

the leaves . . .
walking through the park
I follow their drift

Bill Kenney
(0,0,5) = 5 pts

leaves fall
drawing
down the shade

Barbara Snow
(0,0,5) = 5 pts

Nice word play and evocative combination of images.


Twelfth Place - 4 Points
she finds a leaf
pressed for safe keeping
fallen memories

Judi Honiker
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

leaves falling
thoughts falling
here, there

Robert Ertman
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

quiet estuary
a blue heron's beak
rakes fallen leaves

Warren Gossett
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

summer's end
the maples begin
undressing

Amicus
(0,0,4) = 4 pts


Thirteenth Place - 3 Points
as plum leaves fall,
I stroke your skin,
old quilt newly aired.

mechaieh
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

autumn winds
the last leaf hangs
by a tenuous thread

Terri L. French
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

fragmenting trees . . .
here and there a leaf
that spirals upward

Kirsty Karkow
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

no leaves will fall here
fall comes — what is that to me?
merely an image

Dawn
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

children's games —
she hides yellow marbles
beneath ginkgo leaves

Andrew Otinga
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

an old rusty rake . . .
reminder of falling leaves
and bare tree limbs

Tom Conally
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

the lump in my throat —
joining the casket
a few autumn leaves

aom (tim)
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

Railway Museum —
a dead blue gum leaf
on the cabin floor

Caleb Mutua
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

she paints
some tumbling leaves —
the light fails

James Dobson
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

late summer breeze —
one yellowed rose leaf
flutters

jill
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

heavy wind
a few battered leaves
will not surrender

Ellen Romano
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

parade inspection —
she wipes acacia leaves
from her hair

Victor Obutho
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

The naming of the leaves makes this particularly special rather than merely a good haiku. It makes me want to know more about the event and the person, which is a good thing: "leave them wanting more!" is always good.

mom's anniversary
the symphony of
falling leaves

Rita Odeh
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

falling leaves
write their life’s story
on the air

Shernaz
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

the release
of falling leaves . . .
no sound

Dennis M. Holmes
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

evening commute
red hibiscus leaves falling
into the moonlight

Hazel A. Witherspoon
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

whirlwind —
a yellow leaf stuck
on wet paint

James Bundi
(0,0,3) = 3 pts


Fourteenth Place - 2 Points
A lone leaf
fallen in puddle
seeks shelter

R.K. Singh
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

A daily occurrence showcased with simplicity.

Autumn leaves falling,
multicoloured tapestry
carpets woodland paths.

Jean Lewis
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

beside her grave —
falling leaves mix with
falling tears

Mi Tee
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

fallen leaves
rise to the branches
in the squirrel's mouth

David Watson
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

rural cemetery —
from an old oak leaves fall
on the new child's grave

Andrzej Dembonczyk
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

eve's leaves falling
adam's leaf rising
nature's call

eric
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

September winds
makes whirly gig leaves
autumn colors fly

Dorothy J. Kazmierzak
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

best before date —
the yellow of elm leaves
before they fall

DeVar
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

leaves falling —
a squirrel crunching
the harvest moon

Kaiser
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

A simple first line but the last line makes all three lines original and full of sound and texture.

queuing for lunch —
an acacia leaf drops on
my clean plate

Isaac Ndirangu
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

falling leaves
umber, crimson, burnt sienna
september delights

Mr. PC
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

summer's end —
after the quake
a leaf falls

Israel Lopez Balan
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

Nice contrast of violently shaking earth and gentle falling of leaf onto the now still ground.

ruckus
in the courtyard
 —leafchasesleaf

miriam chaikin
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

when it comes
the news is all bad
 —falling leaves

Ignatius Fay
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

swirling autumn leaves
teenagers with cell phones
keep changing their plans

Sheila K. Barksdale
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

one leaf falls
the entire tree shakes
in the wind

Merrill Ann Gonzales
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

from garden to garden
the leaf blower
at his pointless task

Andrew Shimield
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

falling leaves
new quilt
on the forest floor

Ben Gieske
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

red oak leaves
on the front stoop
welcome

maxianne
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

watching the lights go out
one red maple after
another

Donna Bauerly
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

autumn blessing
driving through a shower
of drifting leaves

Elaine Riddell
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

a mighty chase —
the black lizard hides under
eucalyptus leaves

Brian Etole
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

mountain reveille
in a yellow rain of leaves
the bull elk bugles

Edward
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

just a note . . .
falling leaves fill
the driveway

Laurene
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

between two heartbeats
the last yellow leaf
falls to the ground

Jacek M.
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

rain falls
on the falling leaves
the cry of a crane

Tore Sverredal
(0,0,2) = 2 pts


Fifteenth Place - 1 Point
mistaken identity —
the dog chases
a falling leaf

Anonymous

after the storm
the leaf is falling
silently

Gabriel Sawicki

the breeze
and now beech leaves
in my hair

Alexander "Lex" Joy

mosaic rain
falling leaves
spiral

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

leaves falling
white butterfly mizmazes
a new dream-world

Narayanan Raghunathan

Wind sighs . . .
Leaves and butterflies
Find beauty in death

James Sawers

falling leaves
mound in my gutters
a coronation

Pris Campbell

autumn
leaves
behind
leaves

Alan

a leaf
to the ground
zero noise

og_a

fallen leaves —
jacaranda pods dangle
from bare branches

Patrick Wafula

Aspen weeps,
falling leaves dance tangos
bow to the milky way

Christine Howard

aspen leaf
falling on cloudy lake
drifts away . . .

Svend A. Doggfall

watching the leaves fall —
bed-bound
after the chemo

Anonymous

leaves falling . . .
autumn wind blows away people
along the shore

Anonymous

autumn wind
the frenetic twirl
of willow leaves

Diane Mayr

3rd Anniversary —
every leaf that falls today
we’ll grow old together

Alan Summers

leaves falling
the entire day
at a salon

sanjuktaa

Nice pivot and a hint of pathos under the cleverness.

a lost coin —
she finds it under a
red maple leaf

Kevin Asava

stoplights
through the windshield
falling leaves

John Soules

I like the pure visual intensity of this.

a mother scolds
her baby for sucking one —
jacaranda leaves

Catherine Njeri Maina

magnolia
autumn leaves litter
the ground

Anne Curran

raking falling leaves
she just can't resist the urge
she gives in and jumps

Jennifer Stefanow

autumn leaves
crunching under foot
broken mosaic

todd eddy

an oak leaf
passes through his breath
first cold night

Anonymous

f a l l i n g l e a v e s

foreverabovethegroundinthishaiku

Rafal Zabratynski


No points this time, sorry.
So many people
at the mercy of the fate . . .
falling leaves

Vasile Moldovan

A bare leaved tree
Washed ashore
An autumn raid

Purush

golden ginkgo leaves
flutter down — as we
practice Tai Chi fan

Rose Marie Stutts

First frost of Autumn
Leaf-petals stiffen and fall
trees undressing for winter

mark lonergan

Hung paratrooper
half treetop hooded —
leaves falling balance

Gheorghe Postelnicu

falling leaves
frost covers the edges
a new spring awaits

Tony Nasuta

summer's heat and hype
mellows into a coolness
falling leaves

gillena cox

a leaf falls near
the picture window
our cat's tail flicks

Mike Montreuil

Majestic Oak
your golden crown —
under my feet

Jenn McSweeney

falling leaves
a wasp finds the dessert
before me

Harvey Jenkins

leaves falling into
an assembly of leaves . . .
last rays of sunlight

Keith A. Simmonds

drifting gold leaves
under a jacaranda tree —
breezy afternoon

Winslause Yamame

wherever I walk
the fallen leaves crowded
all the paths

Juhani Tikkanen

Still 9:15 . . .
Stripping the young elm
In old pond

Reza

whispered sighs
the falling leaves
kiss grass

Frances O'Keeffe

oak leaves are falling
I stop the table’s motion
then grab my bashed toe

Deirdre Godwin

falling leaves
my dog lies beneath
the soft earth

paula

one leaf
twirls on its stem
one last time

Carolyn Coit Dancy

woodpecker's drumming
from somewhere in the forest —
leaves falling

Tomislav

Falling leaves
autumn gently nudges
an arrogant tree

Bushra Naqi

autumn frost —
old walnut's leaves
falling as a rain

Petru-Ioan Garda

falling leaf follows me
leads me
last ride on the carousel

carol pearce-worthington

Wilson Airport —
a carpet of brown leaves
scatters and flies

Dancan Omoto

Wild west wind
shaking silver trees —
falling leaves.

Trevor Camp

traffic light —
a maple leaf tumbling
in the car

Horst Ludwig

yellow ginkgo leaves drift down . . .
counting my life
savings again

Bill Pauly

morning coolness
leaves falling
promises of change

Michael S Brock

fallen leaves
of the small box elder —
cherry blossoms

Ida Freilinger

Sunset —
leaves fall revolving
from the branch

Miorita

in late summer heat
a leaf floats slowly to earth —
I go pick it up

Jeff Hanson

weathered
‘For Sale’ boards come down
with the leaves

Sara

As the leaves soak,
So does the dawn stir —
Of endings and new beginnings

Laressa Antonette Gomez

the new bed of leaves
a knocking acorn
hushed

Jeanette Blain

a few fig leaves
yellow and fall but some
more figs will ripen

gourdman

Rising crunch underfoot
leaves falling along with
thermometer

Philip Mizener

on mother's grave —
tears and leaves
falling together

Manuela Dragomirescu

autumn’s breath
the leaves scatter
in a gust of wind

Meredith Cavalieri

blowing wind —
yellow umbrella leaf
floats in dusty air

Collins Ogutu

falling jacaranda leaves
roll slowly in the air —
cool breeze

Eric Mwange


General Comments:
Just a few new images among these many nice haiku.

This was not easy at all, a lot of wonderful haiku.

Thanks again for a great topic. Numerous entries.

A lot of good entries this month. Several more would have made my short list but for substandard usage or wordiness.


First Place - 33 Points
empty beach
the faint sound
of a church bell

og_a
(3,6,12) = 33 pts


Second Place - 21 Points
along the shore
each wave
waits its turn

Ben Gieske
(1,6,6) = 21 pts

The order of things perfectly reported.


Third Place – 20 Points
sunlit beach
I twirl the umbrella
in my drink

Collin Barber
(1,4,9) = 20 pts

Here is captured a nice relaxed mood.

Caught me by surprise and made me laugh, but it's the reality of the moment that finally makes this exceptional.


Fourth Place -18 Points
lost at sea —
the old woman
on the shore

C.P.Harrison
(2,3,6) = 18 pts


Fifth Place - 17 Points
empty beach
the tide filling
the sandcastle moat

Gabriel Sawicki
(1,2,10) = 17 pts


Sixth Place - 14 Points
camping
the sound of waves moving
in and out of sleep

Elaine Riddell
(0,3,8) = 14 pts


Seventh Place - 13 Points
tug of waves
his hands around
my waist

AD
(2,0,7) = 13 pts

So much love in this.

Enjoyed the nuances shared in this one.


Eighth Place - 12 Points
the last kite
descends the sky
twilight beach

Narayanan Raghunathan
(2,1,4) = 12 pts

north shore
a flock of geese
at the vanishing point

Tom Painting
(1,2,5) = 12 pts


Ninth Place - 11 Points
changing tides —
the ocean
fills my footsteps

Cara Holman
(0,1,9) = 11 pts


Tenth Place - 10 Points
sand castles
the pictures that she took
before the waves came

Kirsty Karkow
(1,1,5) = 10 pts

A sense of futility and inevitability, but also of transcendence: The pictures survive.

shoreline
what winter
has left us

Bill Kenney
(0,3,4) = 10 pts


Eleventh Place - 9 Points
nude beach
the tweeters stare
at their palms

Edward

(1,1,4) = 9 pts and now she's gone . . .
the tide has taken
a little of me with it

Michael Dylan Welch
(0,2,5) = 9 pts

breaking waves . . .
so faultless, the timing
of these sandpipers

Warren Gossett
(0,2,5) = 9 pts

retirement —
the shoreline closer
to the old cottage

Carole MacRury
(0,1,7) = 9 pts

An intriguing, faintly disturbing juxtaposition.


Twelfth Place - 8 Points
grunion run
a makeshift grill
on Tin Can Beach

Carmel Westerman
(1,1,3) = 8 pts

This brought back fond memories of Huntington Beach, California. I didn't know you could eat grunions though.

my little brother
still brushing the beach
from my hair

Roberta Beary
(1,1,3) = 8 pts

I do remember this.

memories of the forest
in the beached boat's
creaking mast

Andrew Shimield
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

I loved the rhythm, and an almost dissonant aspect, plus a great last two lines to pull back, and in, and follow up on 'memories of the forest'.

shoreline
the landscape
of her mind

Beth Powell
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

summer storm —
a beach ball scuttles
down the empty shore

Terri L. French
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

one footprint
stepping
from shore to sea

Donna Bauerly
(0,1,6) = 8 pts


Thirteenth Place - 7 Points
a summer romance
I lie on the sun-kissed sands
reading avidly

Deirdre Godwin
(2,0,1) = 7 pts

I Like "sunlit beach".This one is both funny and true.

autumn stillness
a fishing-boat
leaves the shore

Tore Sverredal
(1,1,2) = 7 pts

The movement deepens the stillness.

my shadow
lying on the beach
autumn sun

Petar Tchouhov
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

Good work.

rinsing off beach sand . . .
a bit of summer
goes down the drain

Melissa Spurr
(0,0,7) = 7 pts

The mix of wry and poignant observation worked for me.


Fourteenth Place - 6 Points
summer passes . . .
a fisherman at his cookfire,
throwing light on the beach

Michael McClintock
(1,0,3) = 6 pts

A simple but evocative haiku made more atmospheric by that last line.

autumn wind
waving dune grass
writes its name

Michele L. Harvey
(1,0,3) = 6 pts

summer's end
back and forth footprints
at the waters edge

paula
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

empty beach —
a coloured scarf
flying through nowhere

Manuela Dragomirescu
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

autumn beach
walking a line
of windblown foam

Jeanette Blain
(0,0,6) = 6 pts


Fifteenth Place - 5 Points
along the shore
stumbling upon sea glass
and each other

Judi Honiker
(1,1,0) = 5 pts

Wow. This makes me actually want to brave dating again.

beach party
clam holes in the sand
burping

Nancy Smith
(0,2,1) = 5 pts

the old beach house
waves gently lapping
another place and time

Tony Nasuta
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

shoreside —
a ladder
of moonlight

Alan S. Bridges
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

low tide
the children race crabs
sideways

Rafal Zabratynski
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

Full of energy and humour, and one to read again and again.

eroding shoreline —
a wrinkled hand
sifts through the sand

Mi Tee
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

crashing waves —
ashore hermit crabs nestle
into our footmarks

Alegria Imperial
(0,0,5) = 5 pts

september shore
seagulls pick through
summer's remains

Diane Mayr
(0,0,5) = 5 pts


Sixteenth Place - 4 Points
rock pool hunting
a grandmother and child
collect more memories

Alan Summers
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

our loveprints
on the shore
fill with starwater

Bill Pauly
(0,2,0) = 4 pts

autumn dusk
beach puddles full of color

martin
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

finding the beach
last summer
inside my shoes

maxianne
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

sunset on the beach —
the kite's shadow conecting
our sheets

Kaiser
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

last day of vacation —
the dog shakes and shakes
out the ocean

aom (tim)
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

footprints fill with water
then disappear
like we were never here

Ellen Romano
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

Sad and eerie.


Seventeenth Place - 3 Points
goodbye to summer
and our favorite beach
the new highway's coming

Rose Marie Stutts
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

how wide the ocean!
another drop is claimed
from the river

Merrill Ann Gonzales
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

the shore of the sea —
closer year by year
the horizon line

Petru-Ioan Garda
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

Growing up, getting older - that's it.

minnows, not knowing
they were in water —
swept ashore

Robert Ertman
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

I liked #83 very much but in the end decided it was too close to Issa's fish thrashing in a bucket.

low season shore
just the cormorant and I
drying our wings

Jon Espen Vassbotn
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

rolling waves
hitting, gliding flat
on the sand

Horst Ludwig
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

beachcombing
a seagull pecks
at a french fry

Earl R. Keener
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

high school starts again —
their preferred beach deserted
except for poets

Ida Freilinger
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

eclipse
the tide slides over
the beach

Barbara Snow
(0,0,3) = 3 pts


Eighteenth Place - 2 Points
beach sunset —
his ashes soar
in a yellow balloon

Allen McGill
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

dream's shore
following the footprints
of my knight

Rita Odeh
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

september sea
wavelets whisper
their way to shore

Frances O'Keeffe
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

I sit on warm sand
Staring out to Portugal
Wishing for wings

Mary E. Gray
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

receding shoreline
seaweed brushes
my feet

carol pearce-worthington
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

low tide
a girl hands her brother
a starfish in a bucket

Anne Curran
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

The Golden Sands —
so many precious stones
on the naked bodies

Vasile Moldovan
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

shore line
only the seagulls
digging for clams

Bill Hudson
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

on the shore
an old rotting log —
my grandfather's past

Mike Montreuil
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

new moon
embraces a shore
and a wave dance

alex serban
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

baby sea turtles
crossing the shore for home . . .
quarter moon

Pris Campbell
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

beach walk —
the surf reaches us
before the rain

sanjuktaa
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

Barefoot children
collecting shells on the beach —
a wave breaks

Miorita
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

autumn beach
echoes of the summer
in the waves

Ruth Powell
(0,0,2) = 2 pts


Nineteenth Place - 1 Point
beach day —
over the dust of the car
a new haiku

Jordi Climent

sunburn blisters —
above the crescent beach
a crescent moon

Ignatius Fay

beach fire
the grotesque shadows
gathering round

Garry Eaton

Black Sea shore?
Gulf of Mexico
oil spill

Gheorghe Postelnicu

beach walk
fireworks light
two distant shores

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

Warning - undertow
looking for seashells on shore
I lose my wallet

Harvey Jenkins

long last —
on this stone arch bridge
the smell of shore

Svend A. Doggfall

a deserted beach
slowly sinking in grayness . . .
seagulls' piercing calls

natalia kuznetsova

wants to fly
she picks up a few feather
from the beach

Anonymous

brisk on-shore wind
sandpipers hunker down
behind the gulls

Carolyn Coit Dancy

driftwood —
blue boxes washed up
along the curb

John Soules

abstract placement
shells, kelp, driftwood
picasso's beach

todd eddy

blue waves
pounding on the shore
feeling life change

Michael S Brock

among sandpipers
the gulls hunker down to dream
in the sound of surf

Old Grayhouse

such a bald head —
waves roll the pebbles
back and forth

DeVar

Time washes over life
relentless to return all
to ocean sand

Philip Mizener

shore'nuff
that's one sexy
beach

Dennis M. Holmes

Had to keep aside at least 1 pt for this one.


No points this time, sorry.
on the beach
she combs her long hair:
aphrodite

R.K. Singh

traveling across
shifting sand: hordes of caterpillars
and the wind

Sheila K.Barksdale

bleached white sand dollars
lying on the warm wet sand . . .
beach currency

Tom Conally

over the beach
seagulls and crows in flight
heralding the rain

Adina Enachescu

cyclonic warning
The sea witness Horrifying sounds
DESERTED beach ahead

Purush

a flower cocktail
and an open book —
tide sweeping the shore

Patricia Lidia

the sun down
the sand and foam on our feet
specks of shadows

mechaieh

Burned by the sun
Yet loath to leave
The cooling sands

James Sawers

one deck chair,
deserted chilly beach,
British summertime.

Jean Lewis

a rainbow dangles
upon the green ocean:
glistening beach

Keith A. Simmonds

Azure . . .
she is oiling her doll back
very Quiet

Reza

Yellow leaves sailing
from the shore
to the open sea

Juhani Tikkanen

Arctic Sea trip
first man
on this beach

Ralf Bröker

spread my ashes here
where pelicans feather the waves
with ponderous grace

John Thompson

Osaka Port —
the sea lapping round the
boats at rest

Isabelle Prondzynski

seagulls overhead
running along the shore line
cannot escape me!

Anonymous

amber sun —
I comb the wet beach
just in case . . .

James Dobson.

bathed in sunlight
a beach supine
mottled with spent swimmers

bushra

Surfer catches wave
Ride thru tube
Friends watch from beach

Flory

Off shore winds
deer tracks in the sand -
musty smells.

Trevor Camp

onshore wind —
sand in our hair
and pockets

jill

stone grinding waves
pounding endlessly . . .
smooth jewel glass

eric

shaking out sand
she hangs up her beach towel
one more summer gone

Jennifer Stefanow

autumn equinox —
the river's far shore
is close at hand

Jeff Hanson

a whispered secret,
reflected sun outlines
the shore

anonymous

seaweed swirls
in dark water just off shore
shadows cross the moon

Amicus

sun sand and waves
burnt, gritty and tired
feeling great

Mr PC

the lights
along the shore . . .
fishing season begins

Jacek M.

engulfed by rage
frantically searching for
a shore of contentment

Hazel A. Witherspoon

summer dies
never made it to the shore
again

gourdman

sunset squabble
two pelicans fight
over dinner

Meredith Cavalieri


General Comments:
A lot of innovation in here , but, by explaining the image some very good ideas were ruined.

There is so much beauty here, I wish I could have voted for so many more of these.

Thanks for letting us walk the shores with you.

I really wanted to not only vote but leave a few encouraging comments. I really enjoyed reading ALL the entries, and felt it an honour to do so.


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