Winner of AHS Autumn 2017 Haiga Kukai: Non Seasonal



wet weekend . . .
my grandfather’s life

 Joanne Watcyn-Jones

 First Place

My final selection of poems all feature links to the interesting collection in the image. We keep things close to us for all sorts of reasons and this theme is explored by the poets in different ways. I selected Joanne Watcyn-Jones’ haiku for the different levels of linking and the succinct language she uses. Many of us can evoke a memory of doing such a thing on a wet day. The haiku and image work together seamlessly to bring about a collaboration that  goes to another level. Each one is also capable of standing alone, which is an essential ingredient of a good haiga.

 Second Place

school holiday
that familiar sound
of grandpa’s desk drawer

 Helen Davison

Another fine setting for a perusal through memories and interesting heartfelt things.

This time the setting is a school holiday so we get the indication that it might be inquisitive children hearing grandpa’s desk drawer open. Many of us have memories of going in search of these little keepsakes tucked away in secret places. I enjoyed the use of a sound in the haiku and like the winning haiku, there are great links to the image content without naming exact items. So we are left to make the connections and enjoy the image and word combinations.

Honorable Mentions

fond memory
each unique and fragile


 A lovely juxtaposition between memories and the uniqueness of a single snowflake melting away. I’m drawn to the depth of this haiga and I really enjoyed the interplay between all the elements.

question marks —
the bits and bobs
in Mum’s button tin

 Cathryn Daley

I can identify very much with tins of ‘ bits and bobs’ which is a lovely term. As a child  I buried things in the garden in an old biscuit tin. It was such fun to have a secret treasure hidden away. I found the first line very evocative and it left a mystery that was fun to explore.

Ron C. Moss

Ron C. Moss Website

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