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Editor's Choice Haiku - John Daleiden
 

 

 

 

The Colors of Paradise...

 

Twenty-eight poets from ten countries have contributed one hundred and thirteen haiku to The Sketchbook March / April 2010 flower/s Haiku Thread. The following individuals contributed haiku:

Karin Anderson, AU; Leslie Brockway, US; Ralf Bröker, DE; Willie R. Bongcaron, PH; Bouwe Brouwer, NL;,  Daniela Bullas, UK (England); Joseph B. Connolly, US; Gillena Cox, TT; John Daleiden, US; Tatjana Debeljacki, SR; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; Bernard Gieske, US; Michele Harvey, US; Cara Holman, US; Ramona Linke, DE; Jacek Margolak, PL; Tracy McPherson, US; Karen O'Leary, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Stevie Strang, US; Patrick Wafula, Nairobi, Kenya; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Elaine Whitman, US; Neal Whitman, US; Ashley Wood, UK; Rafal Zabratynski, PL

Germany, Kenya, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, United Kingdom

In the Spring, public gardens, private hide-a-ways, country by-ways, and obscure, seldom seen locations are awash with the color of blossoms. In March and April twenty-eight haiku poets reported in detail this delightful world wide spectacle.  Come, walk with me through this Haiku paradise of blossoms and unexpected sights.

flying past
yellow and red ixoras
a white butterfly

# 01. Gillena Cox, TT

 

first warm day
scouring the inside
of each flowerpot

# 02. Michele Harvey, US

 

first daffodils
their green buds swollen
pop-pop-pop

# 04. Elaine Whitman, US

 

the old songs
of yellow breasted kisadee
March blooming poui

# 15. Gillena Cox, TT

 

spring crocus...
becoming comfortable
with holding hands

# 24. Michele Harvey, US

 

Snow in late spring
the early tulips'
chartreuse

# 42. Ralf Bröker, DE

 

busy morning
from flower to flower
a bee

# 43. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

 

Anniversary
as merry as a lark
the flower seller

# 44. Ralf Bröker, DE

 

village calm
water splashes underneath
the hydrangeas

# 46. Bouwe Brouwer, NL

 

This year,
my tulips, smaller in size—
the ants don't mind it.

# 53. Zhanna P. Rader, US

 

This year,
my tulips, smaller in size—
the ants don't mind it.

# 53. Zhanna P. Rader, US

 

abandoned church—
around the altar
wild flowers

# 57. Jacek Margolak, PL

 

red bouquets
under the full moon—
poinsettia blossoms

# 68. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

 

first day of spring
under the bracken
a single trillium

# 69. Cara Holman, US

 

returning my textbook—
she uses a red rose to mark
the page

# 73. Beryl Achieng, Nairobi, Kenya

 

sunflowers—
how beautiful they look
on the bag of seeds

# 76. Andrzej Dembończyk, PL

 

my favourite flower—
but beware of the thorns
underneath

# 74. Patrick Wafula, Nairobi, Kenya

 

sunflowers—
how beautiful they look
on the bag of seeds

# 76. Andrzej Dembończyk, PL

 

first Spring after you died
your acre of cherry trees
blooming anyway


# 81. Stevie Strang, US

 

Snow on the mountains—
the white lilac blooming
in the valley

# 82. Maria Tirenescu, RO

 

broken daisy chain
child's red ribbon
in the ditch

# 95. Karin Anderson, AU

 

Dancing to the drum
mischevious gipsy girl
in her hair a rose

# 111. Tatjana Debeljacki, SR

Each of the above haiku has captured a unique moment in time. To continue this experience of a rich and full journey through this world, read the entire Flower/s Haiku Thread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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