Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Poem the Picture Award

Flower of Life

Early in the morning
The day scripts its journey
With the garden of hope.
The brightness of smile
Renders streams of happiness
Embodying the dream of life
In every page of blissful flower.
Caressing one and all
They solemnly reflect
The symphony of Godly gift.
They live their lives
For the present
Composing the lyrics of love.
In this garden of joy
Flower of life is ever blooming
Planting poetry of smiles.

Third Prize, Sketchbook, Vol. 7 No. 3, Issue 43, July-Aug 2012 (Moderator: Shanna Baldwin Moore, USA)

Editor's Choice Haiku

Vegetables Impact the Senses
John Daleiden's Choice "vegetable" Haiku  
Thirty-three poets from eleven countries have contributed one hundred-seventy-two Haiku to the July / August 31, 2012-43 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread. Biologically, a vegetable is an edible plant or part of a plant, usually excluding seeds and most sweet fruit. This typically means the leaf, stem, or root of a plant. However, a non-biological definition of a vegetable is largely based onculinary and cultural tradition. Therefore, the application of the word vegetable is somewhat arbitrary, based on cultural and/or personal views. In this Haiku Thread there are many seed crops and fruits in the botanical sense, that are used as vegetables.

One of the most important qualities of a vegetable is "freshness", a trait Pravat Padhy associates with his mother's "smiles" in a unique juxtaposition:

green vegetables
my mother smiles with
morning freshness

# 18. Pravat Kumar Padhy, India

Padhy's association of the images of "vegetables" and a "mother's smiles" suggests nurturing--an important role in the life of all developing flora on earth.

Publication Credit: Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern & Western Short Forms, Vol. 7, No.4, Issue 43, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

in starlit sky
the beggar counts
the coins
just enough
for a Christmas cake

Publication Credit: Ribbons, Vol.8, No.2, Fall  2012 (Ed. Dave Rice)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

rose garden                      
fragrance filters through    
prison windows                
Duft sickert durch


monsoon clouds                
a lot of hope floats              
on the ground                      

viel Hoffung treibt
am Boden


in long desert                            
breeze swings from                    
the crest to valley                         
I march with a lonely shadow as      
footprints fill with shifting sand   

in weiter Wüste
die Brise schwingt sich
vom Kamm zum Tal
zieh ich mit einsamen Schatten, wie
sich Fußspuren mit Sand füllen


Publication Credit: Chrysanthemum-12 October 2012 (Managing Ed.: Beate Conrad)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

millions of stars
in the summer sky--
I walk by myself

brief rain--
the tender sound
from leaves
- Pub. Credit: A Blackbird Sings: a small stone anthology, Woodsmoke Press 2012 (Eds. Fiona Robyn and Kaspalita Thompson)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dusk falls--
migratory birds paint
the rising moon

Asahi Haikuist Network, 5.10.2012 ( Ed. David McMurray)