Judged by Alan S. Bridges, Susan Constable, Julie Walther

2019 Haiku Invitational Winners presented by Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd.

Top Winners

Vancouver

spring morning—
a cherry blossom
breaks the silence

Aaron Barry
Port Moody, BC

British Columbia

family reunion
cherry blossoms open
each conversation

Beth Skala
Nanaimo, BC

Canada

cherry blossoms
a new bay window
for the homeless shelter

Harvey Jenkins
Winnipeg, Manitoba

United States of America

sakura blossoms
loose in an envelope
priority mail

Neal Whitman
Pacific Grove, California

International

cherry blossoms
opening a rusty wicket
to the neighbor

Henryk Czempiel
Strzelce Opolskie, Poland

Youth

Full moon hanging
in the silence of the night
cherry blossoms

Mia Lin, age 12
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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All poems are listed in alphabetical order in each category.

Vancouver
Sakura Awards

Japanese-Canadian—
she plants a cherry tree
next to the maple

Aaron Barry
Port Moody, BC

your face softens
now I see how blossoms
let go of the branch

Lydia Christensen
North Vancouver, BC

between me
and the grey sky—
cherry blossoms

Vicki McCullough
Vancouver, BC

street trees in bloom
the stranger and I
in each other’s photos

Jacquie Pearce
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver
Honourable Mentions

where two or more
are gathered together
cherry blossoms

Garry Eaton
Port Moody, BC

late arrival
cherry blossoms filling up
his side of the bench

Alegria Imperial
Vancouver, BC

residential schools
in their place
cherry blossoms

Lauren King
Richmond, BC

joining
earth and sky
cherry blossoms

David Randen
Coquitlam, BC

the cherry blossoms tremble—
I reach
for your hand

Philip Rivest
Vancouver, BC

resting
on buddha’s lap
dried cherry blossoms

Pat Shannon
Vancouver, BC

free falling
cherry blossoms
we talk

Cheryl Slevin
Surrey, BC

British Columbia
Sakura Awards

raising the bar
a little bit higher
cherry blossoms

Devin Harrison
Duncan, BC

British Columbia
Honourable Mentions

Viet Nam Memorial
cherry petals fill the spaces
between their names

Terry Ann Carter
Victoria, BC

a letter of amends—
frosted cherry buds
unfurl

elehna de souse
Salt Spring Island, BC

raining on
our second I-do’s—
cherry blossoms

Anne Scott
Nanaimo, BC

his apology—
cherry blossom
emoji

Beth Skala
Nanaimo, BC

cherry blossom ice cream
one bowl
two spoons

susan spooner
Victoria, BC

Canada
Sakura Awards

early morning
the cherry blossom
opening to the bee

Luce Pelletier
Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec

Canada
Honourable Mentions

Stanley Cup final
first to fall
cherry blossoms

LeRoy Gorman
Napanee, Ontario

sakura petals
floating in the bath
we make amends

Debbie Strange
Winnipeg, Manitoba

United States of America
Sakura Awards

in the blink
of an eye. . .
cherry blossoms

Margaret Dornaus
Ozark, Arkansas

wondering
what else I could have said—
cherry blossom wind

Michael H. Lester
Los Angeles, California

Sun Yat-Sen Gardens. . .
a singing bowl fills
with blossoms

Carole MacRury
Point Roberts, Washington

cherry blossoms
billowing in the wind
my handful of days

Dru Philippou
Taos, New Mexico

forgetting
my diagnosis
cherry blossoms

Bob Redmond
Burien, Washington

waiting for you
to make the first move
cherry blossoms

Sneha Sundaram
Jersey City, New Jersey

United States of America
Honourable Mentions

fallen blossoms
so many ways
to make amends

Susan Burch
Smithsburg, Maryland

cherry blossoms—
together we add a gate
to the boundary fence

Tish Davis
Concord TWP, Ohio

once again
the softness of your touch. . .
sakura petals

Rebecca S Drouilhet
Picayune, Mississippi

cherry petal rain
the orb weaver
splices her net

Michele L. Harvey
Hamilton, New York

Ferris wheel—
cherry blossom pink lipstick
on his cheek

Barbara Hay
Tulsa, Oklahoma

together
at last
cherry blossoms

Tia Haynes
Lakewood, Ohio

tight pink buds
the strength it takes
to forgive

Annette Makino
Arcata, California

telephone call
with a long lost friend—
cherry blossoms

Bob Redmond
Burien, Washington

International
Sakura Award

cherry blossom tea
bridging broken dreams
with each little sip

Pratima Balabhadrapathruni
Maharashtra, India

cease fire. . .
petals cling
to the stillness

Mark Gilbert
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

spring breeze
the soft pink bloom
in my father’s hug

John Hawkhead
Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Closing the gap
between us
blossom rain

Brandon Kent
Hampshire, United Kingdom

settling
on the peace quilt
cherry blossoms

Martha Magenta
City of Bristol, United Kingdom

white petals
she doesn’t notice
my flaws

Gregory Piko
Australian Capital Territory, Australia

cherry blossoms
they reach out to each other
over a bridge

Katrina Shepherd
Scotland, United Kingdom

her funeral. . .
I remember
only cherry blossoms

Pragya Vishnoi
Uttar pradesh, India

peace conference—
cherry trees
in bud

Juliet Wilson
Midlothian, United Kingdom

fallen petals
a gust of wind blows away
the sun

Durdica Zrinscak-Druzinec
Zagorje County, Croatia

 

International
Honourable Mentions 

I apologize
cherry blossoms tumble
into the river

Benjamin Blaesi
Fribourg, Switzerland

petal shower. . .
unable to maintain
their silence

Marion Clarke
County Down, United Kingdom

after the rain,
the cherry blossoms
in a new light

Lilia Racheva Dencheva
Rousse, Bulgaria

long felled cherry
its dry blossom
in my favourite book

Sanja Domenus
Moslavacko-Sisacka, Croatia

after the storm—
playing hopscotch
among the blossoms

Florin Golban
Bucuresti, Romania

the old man slips
a ring on her finger
. . . cherry blossoms

Hazel Hall
Australian Capital Territory, Australia

crow’s caw
ripples pink petals
peace talks

Marilyn Humbert
New South Wales, Australia

pink sidewalk. . .
solving our problems
petal by petal

Brendon Kent
Hampshire, United Kingdom

cherry petal path
we reconcile
hand in hand

Mohammad Azim Khan
Khyberpaktunkwa, Pakistan

Wedding Anniversary—
still the same scent
of cherry blossoms

Marek Kozubek
Pathum Thani, Thailand

sakura forecast
I circle homecoming
in pink

Martha Magenta
City of Bristol, United Kingdom

weeping cherry tree—
to grandpa’s name I add
the word ‘late’

Indra Neil Mekala
Andhra Pradesh, India

finding the words
in the falling blossoms
I tell her I’m sorry

Mark Miller
New South Wales, Australia

hanami
a bee deep inside
a double blossom

Vanessa Proctor
New South Whale, Australia

cross-culture wedding
cherry petals tumble
from the soldier’s cap

Cynthia Rowe
New South Wales, Australia

patching things up
cherry petals scattered
over our doorstep

Olivier Schopfer
Geneva, Switzerland

refugee camp—
variegated blossoms
move with the wind

David Terelinck
Queensland, Australia

Youth
Sakura Awards

cherry blossoms flutter
and pave the way
back to you

Amy Cao, age 17
Vancouver, Canada

afterwards, a man kneels
blossoms like tears
fall on her grave

Jack Calder, age 15
Canterbury, New Zealand

cherry petals
on our picnic blanket
the milky way

sebastian ciobîcă, age 8
Botosani, România

Foggy morning
Cherry blossoms
Light up the sky

Charlotte Currie, age 7
Canterbury, New Zealand

Sunset
a homeless man sleeps
under cherry blossoms

Ben Edward, age 7
Canterbury, New Zealand

Sunset
Cherry blossoms
Climb up the darkening sky

Emmett Lawler, age 6
Canterbury, New Zealand

on the old rusty bridge
cherry blossoms
reunite two long lost friends

Alice Macdonald, age 11
Canterbury, New Zealand

Evening
cherry blossoms lift
a swan’s wing

Chloe Wu, age 7
Canterbury, New Zealand

By the bridge
the old man waits
for blossoms to fall

Luke Wylie III, age 13
Canterbury, New Zealand

midnight
cherry blossoms
catch my nightmares

Aceline W, age 9
Canterbury, New Zealand

night falls
cherry blossoms
comfort the homeless Man

Libby, age 11
Canterbury, New Zealand

Youth
Honourable Mentions

My paper boat
drifts down the stream
of pink petals

Avery Cheng, age 10
Vancouver, Canada

Midnight
mother and baby deer
snuggle in cherry blossoms

Caitlin Coupe, age 6
Canterbury, New Zealand

Dawn
Cherry Blossoms
Welcome a new duckling

Ben Edward, age 7
Canterbury, New Zealand

stormy night
cherry blossoms
light my way home

Logan Gardiner, age 10
Canterbury, New Zealand

cherry blossoms
the familiar scent
of your body

Nadin Ghileschi, age 17
Botosani, România

Blossom
The sparrow
Tightens her grip

Evie Johnson, age 13
Strowen, New Zealand

At night
Cherry blossoms
Light my way

Charlotte Kerr, age 8
Canterbury, New Zealand

after the squall
cherry blossoms
dance in the evening air

Gabby Kenton-Smith, age 13
Canterbury, New Zealand

Gazing at the pink petals
past midnight
they dance in the moonlight

Preston Ko, age 10
Vancouver, Canada

After the storm
How good to dance
with the cherry blossoms

Samantha Lascelles, age 12
Canterbury, New Zealand

In my garden
Cherry blossoms
Chase away sad thoughts

Ana Miyazaki, age 6
Canterbury, New Zealand

dozing off
lulled by the song
the petals sing

Joanne Park, 17
Vancouver, BC

the petals dance
as the river
joins them

Zac Piper, age 13
Canterbury, New Zealand

just me
under a tree
getting showered with pink

John Raskob, age 12
Vancouver, Canada

petals cloak the ground,
hiding the old,
showing the new.

Daniel Robertson, age 13
Canterbury, New Zealand

Early evening
cherry blossoms
call the light home

Charlie Russell, age 10
Canterbury, New Zealand

after the earthquake
cherry blossoms
hold us together

Charlie Russell, age 10
Canterbury, New Zealand

after the storm
a baby possum sips
cherry blossom dew

Reeve Williams, age 15
Canterbury, New Zealand

After spring rain
deer trot gently
through cherry blossoms

Reeve Williams, age 15
Canterbury, New Zealand

I listen when
the blossoms fall.
I hear the silence only

Emma Yee, age 9
Vancouver, Canada

After the storm
Cherry blossoms
Bring us back together

Alanna, age 10
Canterbury, New Zealand

Gliding down a river
one pink petal
Unchained

Kyri, age 13
Christchurch, New Zealand