Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Haiku/Tanka Challenge Winners



Thanks very much to all for sending along poems with barely 12 hours of open reading time, on New Year's Eve to boot. The winning poem (haiku) is



Snow blurs tracks
From year
Just past
Russell Libby






And here are 3 runners-up ...




New Year’s Day —

the wreath has fallen

between the doors
Scott Metz






end of the year--
not enough fingers and toes
to count my blessings
Karma Tenzing Wangchuk








ashes, few embers—
enough for a fresh fire though
this New Year’s morning
Joseph Hutchison




Once again, my sincere thanks to all who sent work along. It was all solid and a nice way for me to start the new year.

Happy New Year to all.

And from Issa, a reminder: Edo is the ancient name for Tokyo, but we all may fill in the name of our own town ...




homeless, too
seeing in the new year
in Edo
Issa
translated by David G. Lanoue




best,
Don

5 comments:

Ed Baker said...

some terrific pieces...

in 1998 The National Gallery of Art had the Edo travelling exhibit here for about 4 months!

they produced an huge catalog/booK:

EDO Art in Japan 1615-1868


every page a delight to mind/eye

http://www.amazon.com/Edo-1615-1868-Robert-Singer-al/dp/0300077963

( I bought two copies

gave one to my x-muse and yet have the other

Joseph Hutchison said...

How surprising and good to be among such excellent company! Thanks, Don....

Poet Hound said...

Dear Don,

I imagine it was hard to pick a winner, all the haikus posted are brilliant! Happy New Year's and best wishes of success towards all your New Year's resolutions.
Sincerely,
P.C.

Charles Gramlich said...

Great choice. As with all the best haiku there's an amazing depth of suggestion in those three lines.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Ed, wow that catalog of the exhibit is going for some big bucks on amazon ... glad you liked the poems - sorry for the quick turnaround ...

Joseph, everybody else is in your good company ...

P.C., glad you liked them and thanks for the kind words ...

Charles, very glad you liked the winner, it does linger as the print fades ...