November / December 31, 2011 "candle(s)" Thread Results




Announcing the November / December 31, 2011 "candle(s)" Haiku Thread

The theme of the November / December 31, 2011 haiku thread will be anything to do with a "candle(s)" of any kind in the northern or southern hemisphere.  It is not necessary to use the word candle(s).

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "candle(s)" Haiku Thread.

Subject Line: 
Nov. / Dec. 2011 "candle(s)" Haiku Thread

Deadline: Midnight Monday, December 26, 2011


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at November / December 31, 2011 "candle(s)" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choices from this thread for publication in the Saturday December 31, 2011 Sketchbook.

Index to past Haiku Threads: Vol. 1, No. 1 ~ October 2006 - Current


Read the November / December 31, 2011 "candle(s)"  Haiku Editor's Choices:  Editor Karina Klesko, Editor John Daleiden, Guest: Bernard Gieske


The following poets have contributed to the November / December 31, 2011 "candle(s)" Haiku Thread

Participants: Ramesh Anand, MY; Karin Anderson, AU; Danica Bartulović; Priyanka Bhowmick, IN;  Willie R. Bongcaron, PH;  Cezar-Florin Ciobīcă, RO; John Daleiden, US; Smajil Durmisevic, BA; Bernard Gieske, US;  Cara Holman, US; Alegria Imperial, CA;  Munia Khan, BD; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Tonka Lovric, CR; Vladimir Ludvig, CR; Sandra Martyres, IN;  Ljudmila Milena Mršić, CR; Karen O'Leary, US; P K Padhy, IN; Stella Pierides, DE; UK; Emily Romano, US; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Stjepan Rozic, CR; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Vania Stefanova, BG; Irena Szewczyk PL; Juhani Tikkanen, FI; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Angie Werren, US; Neal Whitman, US; Yamadori, US

Countries:  Australia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Germany, India, Malaysia,  Philippines, Poland, Romania, United States

Thirty-one Haijin from fourteen countries have contributed one hundred forty-one haiku to the "candle(s)" Haiku Thread

candle light—
my grandma
lets out her lore

# 01. Ramesh Anand, MY

a meltdown on the rim
of the candlestick
silver and black

# 02. Vania Stefanova, BG

vigil candles
the flicker
of mumbled prayers

# 03. Alegria Imperial, CA

lights in the city
in my hut

# 04. Priyanka Bhowmick, IN

the way
in a dark abyss
one candle

# 05. Karen O'Leary, US


candle’s dancing flame
shadow playing hide and seek
a stormy night falls

# 06. Munia Khan, BD

a symbol
of unwavering faith—
two lit white candles

# 07. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

the first birthday—
first time on his feet gazing
at a single flame

# 08. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR

Waking East—
apostles of light singing
ancient beauties

# 09. Smajil Durmisevic, BA

around the table...
three generations
in the candles’ glow

# 10. Cara Holman, US

St. Gertrude website
he clicks to light a candle
for his daughter

# 11. Chen-ou Liu, CA

Sunday Worship
Candles of Joy and Sorrow
she speaks in ASL

# 12. Neal Whitman, US

the candle flickers
the wind blows
time is running out

# 13. Sandra Martyres, IN

candles burning
upon the table...
a birthday song

# 14. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Christmas Eve—
eyes of
the candles

# 15. Danica Bartulović

falling snowflakes—
the smell of wax smoke lingers
on the window sills

# 16. Vladimir Ludvig, CR

the silence
—a wax candle

# 17. Tonka Lovric, CR

flame of candle and
man’s shadow play pick-a-boo
on the wall

#18. Stjepan Rozic, CR

moonless night
the candles gather
melting light

# 19. P K Padhy, IN

in the old house
flickering ghostly breezes
of candle light

# 20. Bernard Gieske, US

in every window
a promise

# 21. Angie Werren, US

sputter of flame
magnified shadow of a moth
jiggles on the wall

# 22. Emily Romano, US

Still flickering
behind the scenes
battery powered candle

# 23. Juhani Tikkanen, FI

game of
light and dark—
blossoming candle

# 24. Ljudmila Milena Mršić, CR

votive candles
at the roadside—
fleeting hare

# 25. Stella Pierides, DE / UK

drip after drip
wax from the candle...
a haiku moment

# 26.  Keith A. Simmonds, TT

you a candle lit
aglow and warm
comfort in the night

# 27.  Bernard Gieske, US

coffee pot—
a forlorn candle

# 28. Juhani Tikkanen, FI

candlelight ...
fragrance of
lavender and sea

# 29. Ljudmila Milena Mršić, CR

the beggar girl
plays with hot wax
a lighted candle

# 30. Sandra Martyres, IN

first meeting...
a candle light bonds
our shadows

# 31. Ramesh Anand, MY

the steady flames
of tea candles
my mother’s prayers

# 32. Alegria Imperial, CA


winter bolt...
the candle array
collapses in a flash

# 33. Ramesh Anand, MY

among mom’s
baptismal candles

# 34. Alegria Imperial, CA

old candles
my grandmother's favorite
the jasmine scented

# 35. Priyanka Bhowmick, IN

graveyard visits
same candle
one prayer

# 36. Alegria Imperial, CA

the colorful candles
light up Bethlehem

# 37. Priyanka Bhowmick, IN

his hands so deft
on the lute

# 38. Alegria Imperial, CA

bee wax dripping
shaped in teardrops
a burning Good-bye!

# 39. Munia Khan, BD

candlelit image
on wardrobe mirror
the daughter once

# 40. Alegria Imperial, CA

icon of Mary smiles
near the votive candles
A promised prayer begins

# 41. Munia Khan, BD

altar candles
each flicker
a sigh

# 42. Alegria Imperial, CA

flames of divinity
mingled with silence—
baptismal ceremony

# 43. Munia Khan, BD

prayer candles
from the Virgin’s robe
the essence of roses

# 44. Alegria Imperial, CA

quelled candle
he straightens the cold limbs
of a battered child

# 45. Karen O'Leary, US

haloed light
swathing the darkness

# 46. Alegria Imperial, CA

seventieth birthday cake
his big sigh
blows out the candles

# 47. Munia Khan, BD

candle drippings
grandfather’s beard

# 48. Alegria Imperial, CA

farewell—England’s rose!
Elton’s “Candle In The Wind”
sadness in the air

# 49. Munia Khan, BD

in God’s altar
of many supplications—
candles and garlands

# 50. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

digital mourning—
the electronic candles
she relights

# 51. Munia Khan, BD

red, white and gold…
candles almost consumed
by time

# 52. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

two decades later
candlelight in the streets—
the town of Vukovar

# 53. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR .

faint light
a solitary candle
in the wilderness

# 54. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

candlelight on
the window sill—
empty birdfeeder

# 55. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR

Sunday offering…
candles, roses and prayers
for our soldiers

# 56. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

You, lucky Sun:
caressing a yellow rose
so far away

# 57. Smajil Durmisevic, BA

early dusk
the candle melts
into itself

# 58. Cara Holman, US

The glory and the light
of the faith hide. Today
even the worms are wise

# 59. Smajil Durmisevic, BA

birthday candles
too many tree rings
to count

# 60. Cara Holman, US

candlelit study
three shadows chase each other
around the wall

#61. Chen-ou Liu, CA

rice paper moon
another candle
on the cake

# 62. Cara Holman, US

Advent candles—
a broken wooden cross
in the prayer book

# 63. Chen-ou Liu, CA

a dark winter night
a candle
her only succour

# 64. Sandra Martyres, IN

alone by candlelight
thinking of that spring we met
and another spring…

# 65. Chen-ou Liu, CA

grandma's spirit
is appeased
the candle burns

# 66. Sandra Martyres, IN

alone with my dog
the scent of Christmas candles

# 67. Chen-ou Liu, CA

march for peace
candle light procession
in winter

# 68. Sandra Martyres, IN

alone at dusk
I add one more candle
to the cake

# 69. Chen-ou Liu, CA 

in candle light
a dinner for two
her face glows

# 70. Sandra Martyres, IN

solemn prayer
all the candles glimmer
in the church

# 71. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

perfumed candles
light up her grave
a daughter's blessing

# 72. Sandra Martyres, IN

your eyes met mine
dinner by a candlestick

# 73. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

early nightfall ...
a candle flickers
in the beggar's hut

# 74. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

church service
an altar server raises
his candle snuffer

# 75. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

a long procession
of flaming candles ...
a march for peace

# 76. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

flicker of hope
the comforting warmth
of the candle flame

# 77. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

in the sky
votive candles

# 78. Danica Bartulović

the hard way
a wail after touching
the burning candle

# 79. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

a lighted candle
blurs the blue cathedral air—
wax on the table

# 80. Vladimir Ludvig, CR

unsteady light
a candle wick is tilted
forty five degrees

# 81. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

a single sigh—
the candle flame sags
into darkness

# 82. Vania Stefanova, BG

candles at the
Feast of La Naval...
and more candles

# 83. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

he takes a deep breath
forty candles on his cake
to be blown out

# 84. Sandra Martyres, IN

in the candlelight
a woman
and the candle

# 85. Tonka Lovric, CR

light a candle
say a prayer
God is everywhere

# 86. Sandra Martyres, IN

by the candlelight
so dense

# 87. Tonka Lovric, CR

Santa is vexed
elves steal candles
from the Christmas tree

# 88. Sandra Martyres, IN

a woman’s tears
and those of a candle
on the same paper

# 89. Tonka Lovric, CR

power outage
in his pyjamas grandpa
roams with a candle

# 90. Sandra Martyres, IN

electric failure—
the tears of a wax candle
bigger and bigger

# 91. Tonka Lovric, CR

the wax melts
the candle burns
she watches the clock

# 92. Sandra Martyres, IN

candlelit Christmas tree
in the basement apartment
my shadow and I

# 93. Chen-ou Liu, CA

goodbye darkness
a candle
lights up his life

# 94. Sandra Martyres, IN

lone candle—
another solar system

# 95. P K Padhy, IN

in candle light
he sees blurred images
the ghost effect

# 96. Sandra Martyres, IN

solitary life—
roaming in deep

# 97. P K Padhy, IN

fire flies flit around—
tiny flames
without the candles

# 98. Sandra Martyres, IN

one more candle
life shortened by one
more step

# 99. P K Padhy, IN

candle wax drips—
stalactites form

# 100. Sandra Martyres, IN

floating lamps—
ancestors’ voyage from
Kalinga to Java, Sumatra

# 101. P K Padhy, IN

the candle flame
faulters...then flickers out—
grief follows

# 102. Sandra Martyres, IN

candles flames
dim on the birthday cake—
grandfather eyes

# 103. Irena Szewczyk PL

a bit louder than shadows
guttering flames

# 104. Bernard Gieske, US

long nights
the christmas-cookie glow
of this candle

# 105. Angie Werren, US

down a valley of darkness
a dragon of candle light

# 106. Bernard Gieske, US

dark shadows
up and down the hall...
dwindling candlelight

# 107. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

on the cake
freshly-lit candles
inviting a song

# 108. Bernard Gieske, US

the candle blows out
and with it her life
snakes like darkness

# 109. Sandra Martyres, IN

midnight darkness
Easter candle light

# 110. Bernard Gieske, US

a burned-out candle
at the mortician's
store window

# 111. Juhani Tikkanen, FI

in the cave
a tiny candle aflame
giant monsters on the wall

# 112. Bernard Gieske, US

Light billowed
from the candle—
lingering yesterday

# 113. Juhani Tikkanen, FI

in the igloo
burning midnight oil
night lessons

# 114. Bernard Gieske, US

from dark shadows
our cat returning home—
the candle is out

# 115. Juhani Tikkanen, FI

a candle
burning slowly
—living longer

# 116. Ljudmila Milena Mršić, CR

burning wax
the old man lights candles
to keep out darkness

# 117. Sandra Martyres, IN

burnt candles—
where does the darkness
hide the light?

# 118.   P K Padhy, IN

he reads newpapers
in dim candle light
a power failure

# 119. Sandra Martyres, IN

candle wick
the effort of holding
your flame

# 120. Stella Pierides, DE / UK

Candle light
scent of tuberose
on rustling silk

# 121. Karin Anderson, AU

sparkle in your eyes
candle flame

# 122. Stella Pierides, DE / UK

crowned candle light
soaring nightingales
in Lucia ceremony

# 123. Karin Anderson, AU

candle on the sill—
a moth circles into
the Big Dipper

# 124.  Cezar-Florin Ciobīcă, RO

one candle snuffed out
in ghosts’ parade
lung transplant

# 125. Karin Anderson, AU

how pale the moon

# 126. Stella Pierides, DE / UK

iris candle lights
his master’s eyes
guide dog

# 127. Karin Anderson, AU

power cuts
in this wind a candle burns
too fast

# 128. Stella Pierides, DE / UK

the grandma’s glasses
at the candle

# 129. Maria Tirenescu, RO

electric candles—
so, I record
my prayer

# 130. Stella Pierides, DE / UK

candle on the sill—
a moth circles into
the Big Dipper

# 131.  Cezar-Florin Ciobīcă, RO

After the requiem—
the grandpa’s photo
near the candle

# 132. Maria Tirenescu, RO

the old chapel—
in the votive candle holder
a firefly

# 133. Cezar-Florin Ciobīcă, RO

he blows out
all eighty birthday candles—
the year ends

# 134. Yamadori, US

Christmas service—
newborn's scream
blows out a candle

# 135. Cezar-Florin Ciobīcă, RO

Eve of Christmas—
a candle burning
at the window

# 136. Maria Tirenescu, RO


power break—
reading her last letters
by candlelight

# 137. Cezar-Florin Ciobīcă, RO

prayer candle—
she puts her lips
to the icon

# 138. Stella Pierides, DE / UK

an old beggar throwing
shadows on the wall

# 139. Cezar-Florin Ciobīcă, RO

they light their wedding candle—
incense fills the air

# 140. Yamadori, US

luminaries light
the path to a living crčche—

# 141. . John Daleiden, US




A luminaria display in Albuquerque, New Mexico: Wikipedia





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