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VCBH Haiku Invitational 2012


As leaves started falling outside, I took some time to read the winning cherry blossoms haiku from the VCBF Haiku Invitational 2012 announced recently.  The Contest Judge was Beverley George from Australia.

Here are some of my favorites:

Best International Haiku

school for the blind
every fingertip sees
a different pink

David Terelinck, Pyrmont NSW, Australia


Best United States Haiku

cherry petals falling
the pond’s oldest koi
slowly surfaces

Michele L. Harvey, Hamilton, New York

Sakura Awards

  • sent from
  • my iPhone—
    cherry blossoms

    Beth Skala
    Nanaimo, British Columbia

  • weeping cherry—
  • a petal lands
    in my bento box

    Pamela Cooper
    Montreal, Québec

  • blossoms
  • opening, opening
    each face

    Terra Martin
    Toronto, Ontario

  • construction site—
  • the hunk in the hard hat
    sweeping blossoms

    Carole MacRury
    Point Roberts, Washington

  • late spring,
  • this cherry blossom tree
    one flower from darkness

    Glen Fletcher
    Maldon, Australia


Honorable Mentions

@YVR Status Update:
cherry blossoms spotted

Jackie Poon
Richmond, British Columbia

  • cherry blossoms
  • at last the chance
    to speak to her

    Peter Brady 
    Gatineau, Québec

  • cherry blossoms . . .
  • the unfinished poem
    in my pocket

    Margaret Dornaus
    Ozark, Arkansas

  • moving day
  • still in bud
    weeping cherry

    Yukiko Yamada
    Osaka, Japan

  • her stilettos
  • clicking on the sidewalk—
    pick up mud with pink petals.

    Grace Zhu, age 11
    Vancouver, British Columbia

Against the shoji screen


Against the shoji screen – / the muse’s / shadow.
Teiko Inahata (A long rainy season, Stone Bridge Press, 1994)


The setting sun hit my Japanese doll and created this beautiful shadow this summer.

As I read Teiko Inahata’s haiku, I found that the photo and the haiku were a perfect match.