My Haiku Successes in Competitions
the tree lets go
of a leaf
Commended NZPS 2022
words / photo © Sue Courtney
The haiku was judged without the photo.
Judge an'ya wrote: From Sue Courtney a commended haiku that references the “bellbird”, a passerine species endemic to New Zealand. In this zen-style haiku of 8 simple words and a perfect melody, this one just says all that needs to be said. Some haiku written in this zen style can be incomplete, but Sue has given us a subject, an action verb, and visual closure as the leaf zigzags to wherever it lands. The true simplicity of the haiku genre at its very best. Congratulations Sue!