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Announcing the Winner of the Autumn Haiku Contest

24 Mar

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It’s time to announce the winner of The Autumn Haiku Contest.  Out of forty six haiku submitted from all over the world including USA, France, Ireland, Greece, Israel, Australia, Philippines, and India, the readers have voted for the winner, using the polls.  The total of 472 votes have been cast, and in the final voting, 186 votes out of 258 went to this haiku by Raj Bose.

Letter from home

the smell of mother’s cooking

as I open it

Raji says, “I had written this haiku as a student in Massachusetts in the 1980’s. During the autumn season when I saw the leaves falling and weather getting cold,  I began to miss my parents. Suddenly, at my doorstep I saw a letter among the red and yellow autumn leaves. I picked it up and before I read it I could smell my mom’s curry and I knew it was a letter from home.”

Raj has been composing poems since his childhood and began writing haiku when he was living in Odawara, Japan in the 1980’s. His poems have appeared in several editions of Newsweek (Japanese version), Mainichi Daily News, Asahi News and Ginyu in Japan, and Bottlerockets, Frogpond,  A Hundred Gourds and NY Seikatsu magazines in the USA. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii with his wife.

Congratulations to Raj!  And thank you all for participating in the contest by submitting your haiku and casting your vote.

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Time to Choose a Winner for The Autumn Haiku Contest

3 Feb

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You’ve chosen the best four haiku out of 46 entries submitted for The Autumn Haiku contest.  Two hundred fourteen votes have been cast, and the haiku that got the most votes in each post is selected here.   Now it’s time to choose the winner from the best four.  The voting will be open until Feb. 28, and the winner will be announced in March.  Thank you so much to all the entrants who share their wonderful haiku and to those of you who have voted.

1.

Autumn again-

all the colours of my love

in her kimono

2.

Dripping faucet

thinking of you

all night

3.

Opulent fog-

     at the same cross roads

again

4.

Letter from home

the smell of mother’s cooking

as I open it

Vote for The Autumn Haiku Contest, Part 4

23 Jan

orange  flower (640x449)The new year has began, and it’s time to vote for The Autumn Haiku Contest.  Forty six haiku have been submitted from all over the world including USA, France, Ireland, Greece, Israel, Australia, Philippines, and India.  Much thanks to the entrants who have shared their love of haiku.

I’ve published the haiku entries in the series of four posts on January 13 (Monday), January 16 (Thursday), January 20 (Monday), and January 23 (Thursday).  Please vote for your favorite haiku in each post!  The best four haiku will be announced on  February 3 (Monday).  And then the winner will be chosen from the best four, using the same method.

The first thirty five entries have already been published.  Click here (voting 1), here (voting 2), and here (voting 3) to see the lists and cast your vote. Here are the last eleven entries.  Use the poll at the end of the list to vote for your favorite.

36.

First storm–

kids busy collecting

the colours

37.

Autumn dusk –

the length of shadows

in my heart

38.

Autumn again-

all the colours of my love

in her kimono

39.

Yellowed leaf a new

chapter begins

40.

After windstorm

a slipped hedgehog

sunk among the fallen leaves

41.

Dry leaves underfoot

she reminds herself

to moisturize her hands

42.

Autumn trees

the dog plays dead

for treats

43.

Rust and gold

amongst those leaves I

too shall sleep

44.

A bell with

silent resonance…

the mountain

45.

War memorial-

before reaching the shore

many waves vanish

46.

Numbers don’t exist –

but they can have their uses ~

counting falling leaves

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