Haiku, January 2010

BEST TEN FROM ALL THREE CATEGORIES (Neo-classical, Shintai and Vanguard)

In this issue, the usual classification of the above three categories is dropped.

First Place

Winter chill

telephone wire

40 birds wing to wing

Leslie Anders

Second Place

Locked between

my bed and quilt

December chill

R.K.SINGH, India

Third Place

cold breeze

the willow swings

to broken shadows

Alexander Ask, Australia

Seven Honourable Mentions (in no particular order)


darkness breaks

the galah’s cry

Alexander Ask, Australia

He stepped

on the shadow of his boss

at the farewell party

Kai Falkman, Sweden

sudden rain

her umbrella widens

to take her lover in

Victor P. Gendrano, U. S. A.

rush hour

a street evangelist

upbraids traffic

William Hart

coperti d’erba

i corpi dei soldati

sognano fiori

covered by grass

the soldiers’ bodies

dream of flowers

Moussia Fantoli, Italy

earth and water bound-

my freedom is


Aju Mukhopadhyay, India


the dog chews

an old bone

André Surridge

Other Haiku of Merit (Zatsu-ei, in no particular order)

notte d'autunno

entro nel buio e trovo

un altro buio

Autumn night

I go in the darkness and find

another darkness

Shadow, Italy

the sting of tears…


fresh garlic

Linda Pilarski

spreading sunscreen

on face, arms, legs…this year

who will do my back?

Peggy Heinrich, U. S. A.

ceppo nel fuoco

diventano faville

tutti i suoi anni

log in the fire

all its years

become sparks

Moussia Fantoli, Italy

The horizon of the sea

is cut in pieces

by the wing beats of the gull

Kai Falkman, Sweden

frozen morning

the wire fence

barbed with frost

André Surridge

luci di notte

miraggi nel buio di un

deserto urbano

lights in the night

mirages in the darkness

of an urban desert

Haiku Di Brando – Whcitalian

sidewalk frenzy

the homeless boys fight

for a tossed quarter

Victor P. Gendrano, U. S. A.

bright winter morning

I ask the spider to move

before raising the slats

Peggy Heinrich, U. S. A.

the cold moon wanes

a piece of the sky

looms larger

William Sorlien, U. S. A.

kangaroo carcass

a murder of crows

at the crime scene

Alexander Ask, Australia

Along the shady trail

sun splashes browned leaves

to gold.

Jerry Bolick

the morning glares

on the windowsill --

the Koran on the lap

Gerd Boerner, Germany

after Salvatore Quasimodo


pierce the consciousness

and it's quickly evening

Raffael de Gruttola, U.S.A.

The day’s pasta

erased from the menu

by the shower

Kai Falkman, Sweden

schoolyard jungle

the bullied boy

commits suicide

Victor P. Gendrano, U. S. A.

I swatted the spider

freeing the wasp

and away it flew

Howard Lee Kilby, U. S. A.

winter grasses ~

the horizon extends to

the seamless void

Narayanan Raghunathan, India

damp basement

the cricket hides

in my shadow

Bruce Ross, U. S. A.

white christmas

winter waves wash

Hawaii's shoreline


comet's tail--

a moth flies

to distant light

Sherry Weaver Smith, USA

hats and gloves

and scarves and coats

white breath

William Sorlien, U. S. A.

head on one side

the blind girl listens

falling snow

André Surridge