Thank you very much to all the Haiku entrants!
All entries will be on display in the Library 29th August – 10th September
1st Prize: Helen Davison
2nd Prize: Meryl Manoy
3rd Prize: Cynthia Rowe
NSWHighly Commended: Rose van Son
Commended: Nathalie Buckland
Special mention: Dawn Bruce
A very special thank you to Maureen Sexton, WA HaikuOZ representative, for undertaking the judging again this year.
the glint of a fisherman’s
I love how this haiku explores the concept of wabi (a sense of loneliness or solitude), as well as juxtaposing two images. Both images have a menacing feel to them. The silent river is a covert image of danger lurking and the knife is an overt image of danger, also highlighting a reverence of nature. In the true spirit of haiku writing, this haiku is half-said, leaving the reader to ‘get’ the connection and the ‘aha’ moment.
This haiku allows the reader to delve deep into it. The reverence of nature is shown in the goshawk’s ability to hover even on such a windy day. It explores the concept of sabi (the suchness and beauty of ordinary objects). Its brevity is a key element in the success of this haiku, and it is simply stated, so the reader finds the ‘aha’ moment.
the broken branch
joins up with itself
This haiku is also half-said, leaving the reader to connect and interweave the images, the branch joining up with itself just like the river branching out then rejoining itself.
sways long after he leaves
front door open
news of his death
veils the moon
even the clouds
in a hurry