2018 Winning Haiku


Judged by Paul Chambers, Tanya McDonald, Jacquie Pearce

2018 Haiku Invitational Winners presented by Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd.

Top Winners

Vancouver

Playing tag
under the cherry blossoms—
the streetlights come on

Vicky Rizzardo
Vancouver, British Columbia

British Columbia

in a dark cupboard
full of coats
cherry blossom petals
                      Cheryl Ashely
                      Nanaimo, British Columbia

Canada

riding my bike
a new way home
cherry blossoms

kjmunro
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

United States

yaezakura petals
a child learns to count
beyond 5

Christine L. Villa
North Highlands, California

International

blossom by blossom—
the old cherry tree
gathers light

Eduard Tara
Iași, Romania

Youth

Early morning
the cherry blossom
opens my hand

Daniel Flaszynski, age 10
Christchurch, New Zealand

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All poems are listed in alphabetical order in each category.

Vancouver
Sakura Awards

first letter
after a long time
cherry blossoms

Rachel Enomoto
Burnaby, British Columbia

falling
into conversation
cherry blossoms

Ann Harreby
Coquitlam, British Columbia

below the blossoms
with a book in my hands . . .
I lose my place

Dawn Harrison
Vancouver, British Columbia

#MeToo
cherry blossoms rise
in changing winds

Cheryl Slevin
Surrey, British Columbia

Vancouver
Honourable Mentions

hand in hand
for fifty years
twilight blossoms

Antoinette Cheung
Vancouver, British Columbia

potluck dinner
a cherry petal settles
on my stew

Garry Eaton
Port Moody, British Columbia

the smile
from a passerby
cherry blossoms

Ann Harreby
Coquitlam, British Columbia

strangers laugh
in food truck lines
cherry blossoms

Johnny Lo
Richmond, British Columbia

bundle of cherry flowers
compressed
into a raindrop

Jack Maze
Vancouver, British Columbia

folding fresh laundry
taken from the line
cherry blossoms

Lorene Oikawa
Surrey, British Columbia

British Columbia
Sakura Awards

after the storm
another layer of petals
on the midden

George Dueck
Sechelt, British Columbia

just one cherry blossom
falling into the moon —
rippling reflections

elehna de sousa
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

cherry petals
on her handlebars
she flies uphill

Astrid Egger
Queen Charlotte, British Columbia

paper airplane
caught in cherry blossoms
we drop the divorce

Beth A. Skala
Nanaimo, British Columbia

British Columbia
Honourable Mentions

old cherry limb
resting on a crutch
I test my new hip

George Dueck
Sechelt, British Columbia

cherry blossoms
among the rhododendrons
pink and deeper pink

Ulrike Narwani
North Saanich, British Columbia

lush little blossoms
I breathe in their beauty
white cane forgotten

Marilyn Schroder
Abbotsford, British Columbia

cherry blossoms —
I turn off
my phone

Beth A. Skala
Nanaimo, British Columbia

Easter
the church choir sings as one
blossoms through the stained glass

Naomi Beth Wakan
Gabriola Island, British Columbia

Canada
Sakura Awards

A cherry petal
Stirs the moon
In my sake

Natalie Cheung
Markham, Ontario

cherry blossom snow—
a petal clings
to the camera lens

Pamela Cooper
Montreal, Quebec

    Yoshino cherry petals
w    h    i    r    l    i    n    g
den-den daiko

Michael Dudley
Harriston, Ontario

a gust of wind
the cherry tree dons
my favorite hat

Harvey Jenkins
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Lightness
of cherry blossoms
toddler’s first falls

Richard Jodoin
Montreal, Quebec

biopsy result
with arms spread wide-she hugs
fragrant cherry boughs

Jean Jorgensen
Edmonton, Alberta

Canada
Honourable Mentions

tonkori notes . . .
the fingers of an April breeze
plucking sakura trees

Michael Dudley
Harriston, Ontario

full bloom
the mothers-to-be swap
old wives’ tales

Marianne Paul
Kitchener, Ontario

ikebana
a touch of pink to balance
my blues

Marianne Paul
Kitchener, Ontario

first light
the unfolding songs
of sakura

Debbie Strange
Winnipeg, Manitoba

International
Sakura Awards

Hometown
a glass skyscraper mirrors
the old sakura

Marta Chocilowska
Warsaw, Poland

at her bedside
a child she once knew
. . . cherry blossoms

Hazel Hall
Aranda, Australia

gun salute
a cherry blossom
in the folding stars

Malintha Perera
Colombo, Sri Lanka

cherry blossom snow
the urge to walk
barefoot

Corine Timmer
Estoi, Portugal

walk to language class
cherry petals
dotting her headscarf

Monica Wang
Düsseldorf, Germany

refugee girls run
to the playground swings—
winter cherry

Monica Wang
Düsseldorf, Germany

dawn chorus—
cherry blossom glows
in the half light

Juliet Wilson
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

International
Honourable Mentions

cherry blossom rain
a baby tackles
the other breast

Roberta Beary
Westport, Ireland

long recovery
cherry blossoms
on the net

Marta Chocilowska
Warsaw, Poland

differences forgotten
we make our peace
amid cherry petals

Tracy Davidson
Stratford-on-Avon, United Kingdom

blooming cherry
my little girl
is rousing from sleep

Radostina Dragostinova
Sofia, Bulgaria

pink blossoms
another time
around the block

Brendon Kent
Southampton, England

hand in hand
an old man and a boy—
hanami

Natalia Kuznetsova
Moscow, Russia

the opening
of peace talks . . .
cherry blossoms

Martha Magenta
Bristol, United Kingdom

Busking
the wind lines her flute case
with blossom

Vanessa Proctor
Pymble, Australia

stroke for stroke
through floating cherry blossom
tandem canoe

Andre Surridge
Hamilton, New Zealand

seeing off a train
from my village cherry tree
sparrow chirp

Sasa Vazic
Batajnica, Serbia

chess in the park—
a Blossom to
King’s Rook Five

Sara Winteridge
Fordingbridge, United Kingdom

United States
Sakura Awards

the soft brush
of our hands folding sheets
cherry blossoms

Claire Vogel Camargo
Austin, Texas

small town festival
a cherry blossom drifts
into the tuba

Pris Campbell
Lake Worth, Florida

cherry wind
each petal falls
to meet its shadow

Natalia L. Rudychev
New York, New York

falling petals
slowly I embrace
my aging body

Tiffany Shaw-Diaz
Centerville, Ohio

her sister’s prom dress altered
altered to fit—
blossom rain

Angela Terry
Lake Forest Park, Washington

dried cherry petals
on the bureau
my wedding picture

Anne West
Bellingham, Washington

United States
Honourable Mentions

moonless night
the cherry blossoms
lead us home

Chris Bays
Beavercreek, Ohio

yozakura
two old lovers
renew their vows

Terri French
Huntsville, Alabama

politics aside . . .
for a brief moment
cherry blossoms

Terri French
Huntsville, Alabama

for just a day
the guns in the yard
covered by blossoms

Barry Goodmann
Hackensack, New Jersey

barbed-wire fence
cherry blossoms fall
on both sides

John Hawk
Hilliard, Ohio

sharing the birdbath
with sparrows . . .
cherry blossom petals

Jill Lange
Cleveland, Ohio

spring break . . .
cherry petals scatter
on the breeze

Carole MacRury
Point Roberts, Washington

picnic with friends—
a spider web connects
two cherry blossom trees

Harrisham Minhas
Herndon, Virgina

how smoothly
the oiled gate swings—
a splurge of blossoms

Judt Shrode
Tacoma, Washington

breeze in blossoms—
my baby daughter says
her first word

Sherry Weaver Smith
West Linn, Oregon

the ripples
of fallen blossoms—
widemouthed koi

Julie Warther
Dover, Ohio

Youth
Sakura Awards

moving day
taking the last selfie
with the cherry tree

Ioana Brînzei, age 14
Botosani, Romania

hanami picnic
my T Rex toy
so quiet

Sebastian Ciobică, age 7
Botosani, Romania

birdbath
cherry petals
fluffing the moon

Sebastian Ciobică, age 7
Botosani, Romania

Stop taking pictures
it’s just cherry blossoms mom
mom it’s 8 pm

Jack Dang, age 13
Vancouver, Canada

cherry blossoms
out of the blue
I get inspired

Naomi Gaidur, age 15
Botosani, Romania

cherry blossoms
my little brother’s
first wow

Delia Iftime, age 15
Botosani, Romania

Spring morning
Cherry blossoms
Make a path to the river.

Emmett Lawler, age 5
Christchurch, New Zealand

distant birdsong—
cherry petals
coloring my sketchbook

Sarah Sakura Welch, age 12
Sammamish, USA

the blossom tree is still
the chicken rests,
nestled in the petals

Elly, age 13
Christchurch, New Zealand

Youth
Honourable Mentions

windy morning
children running along
with the cherry blossoms

Tessa Bishell, age 13
Christchurch, New Zealand

Fallen soldier
Cherry blossoms land on his grave
I miss you, dad

Jordan Choo, age 12
Vancouver, Canada

iridescent blossoms
guide my prayers
across the drum bridge

Anna Doak, age 17
Christchurch, New Zealand

Sadie’s cheeks
running in from recess
cherry blossoms

Eric He, age 11
Vancouver, Canada

Midnight,
The river knits a jacket,
Made from cherry blossoms.

Amelie-Mae Hollander, age 9
Christchurch, New Zealand

an abandoned building
an open window
cherry blossoms float inside

Jaime Howell, age 14
Christchurch, New Zealand

Early morning
the trumpeter swan
gives the blossoms a ride

Greta Jenkins, age 10
Christchurch, New Zealand

Pink petals
fill the empty space between
two lifeless buildings

Keonhee Lee, age 14
Coquitlam, Canada

Early morning,
first at the Temple
cherry blossoms.

Ameer Livne, age 7
Christchurch, New Zealand

hanami picnic
my donuts with topping
of cherry petals

Andrei Manoliu, age 13
Botosani, Romania

Midnight,
cherry blossom lanterns
show me my house.

Tom Nalder, age 9
Christchurch, New Zealand

On my house boat
my first visitors
cherry blossoms

Joshua Persico, age 13
Christchurch, New Zealand

Early morning
A sparrow sips dew
From cherry blossoms

Christina Symons, age 6
Christchurch, New Zealand

A quiet morning
Two ponies
Carry blossoms to their stable

Christina Symons, age 6
Christchurch, New Zealand

Singing in the park
others started to join me
under the blossom tree

Cherry Tang, age 12
Vancouver, Canada

Day Of His Departure
Cherry Blossoms
Blowing In The Wind

Ashton Threadwell, age 13
Christchurch, New Zealand

after dusk—
the children’s playground
and trampled petals

Sarah Sakura Welch, age 12
Sammamish, USA

the flowing music
of two violins
cherry blossoms

Sam Zhou, age 16
Vancouver, Canada

cherry blossoms settle on the water
a pink sky
for the goldfish

Charli, age 13
Christchurch, New Zealand

cherry blossoms fall
two small hands grip the branch
climbing up the tree

Ninajean, age 11
Vancouver, Canada

after illness . . .
grandma smells of everything
but cherry blossoms

Veerangana, age 14
New Delhi, India