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)

 

silence

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

sky


Aju Mukhopadhyay, India

 

 

arthritis

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…

braiding

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

 

sound-bites

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

 

shanna

 

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