Top Haiku in BC

I was delighted that my haiku “cherry blossoms” was selected from nearly 1000 entries in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s 2015 Haiku Invitational in the Best British Columbia category.


cherry blossoms
come and go
my seventy years


Judge’s comment:

This wistful poem reflects on the passing of time, presenting the idea that the years of one’s life can pass as quickly as a cherry’s blooms. We can also surmise that the poet has paid attention to many blossom seasons as they have gone by, suggesting a deep-seated love for the beauty of spring and perhaps for the poet’s own life as well. Prufrock measured his life in coffee spoons, but here the poet measures life with something lovelier and more colourful. The result causes us, as readers, to reflect on the joy and sadness in the passing of time in our own lives as well.


Published haiku

I’ve not posted my haiku for over a year now. But this doesn’t mean I haven’t been working at them!  I wanted to concentrate more on trying to get some published in haiku journals.  If I post my haiku on my blog, they’re considered published. And haiku journals as a rule only accept unpublished work.

This is why I’m pleased that two of my haiku have been recently published. One appeared in the October edition of the Haiku Canada Review.

scattered ashes
the lilacs bow down
with rain

My other haiku received honourable mention in the 2014 Vancouver Cherry Blossom International Haiku Invitational.

a cherry petal
caught in her hair –
witty aside

I will have two more haiku published in the February edition of the Haiku Canada Review. I’ll post these in March.