AHS Spring Equinox 2021 Haiga Kukai: Non-Seasonal Results with Comments by Judge Ron C. Moss

1st Place

tea party
she protects her doll
with a face mask


Liv Saint-James

The continual threat of the Covid virus and the impact it has had on our lives is so stunningly captured in these three short lines. The deeper we go into this poem the more is revealed. The very best haiku use a minimum number of words from limitless possibilities. The most natural of moments can be a young child at play – their love and nurturing a wonder to see. So practical and perhaps without thought, the child does what it must do to protect loved-ones, having witnessed this very thing for themselves in the adult world around them. It’s in our very DNA to survive and adapt, and this latest global challenge is merely the latest in a long history of human suffering. But we know we can overcome everything by working together.

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AHS Spring Equinox 2021 Haiga Kukai: Seasonal Results with Comments by Judge Ron C. Moss

1st Place

snow melt
we unfurl our skin
for the wind

Nathan Sidney

This wondrous haiku struck me right away as a moment of deep seeing. The poet has taken us on a journey into the flower’s body and the feeling of exposing our petals, or skin, to the elements. After the chill of winter passes, we all can unfurl into the warmth of spring and the blossoming of life. So much is portrayed in a few carefully crafted words, which are the mark of a very fine haiku. I am very pleased to award this haiku by Nathan a very worthy first place in the Spring Seasonal kukai.

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