January / February 29, 2012 "precious stones" Thread Results




Announcing the January / February 2012 "precious stones" Haiku Thread

The theme of the January / February 29, 2012 haiku thread will be anything to do with "precious stones" of any kind—crystals, emeralds, diamonds, ruby, pearl, amethysts, etc.

Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the "precious stones" Haiku Thread.

Subject Line: 
Jan. / Feb. 2012 "precious stones" Haiku Thread

Deadline: Midnight Saturday February 25, 2012


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted daily on-line at January / February 29, 2012 "precious stones" Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choices from this thread for publication in the Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Sketchbook.

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



Read the January / February 29, 2012 "precious stones" Haiku Editor's Choices:  Editor Karina Klesko, Editor John Daleiden, and Guest Bernard Gieske


The following poets have contributed to the
January / February 29, 2012 "precious stones" Haiku Thread

Participants: Ramesh Anand, MY; Karin Anderson, AU; Margaret Beverland, AU; Ralf Bröker, DE; Johnn Byrne, IE; Marion Clarke, IE;  Gillena Cox, TT; Máire Morrissey-Cummins, IE; John Daleiden, US; Tracy Davidson, UK; Smajil Durmisevic, BA; Bernard Gieske, US; Mavis Gulliver, Scotland; Judi Suni Hall, CA; Alegria Imperial, CA; Harvey Jenkins, CA; Munia Khan, BD; Irena Kraljević, CR; Chen-ou Liu, CA; Vladimir Ludvig, CR; Sandra Martyres IN;  Duško Matas, CR; Malvina Mileta, CR; Ljudmila Milena Mršić, CR; Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO; Karen O'Leary, US; P K Padhy, IN; Stella Pierides, DE / UK; Marija Pogorilić, CR; Chitra Rajappa, IN; Emily Romano, US; Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR; Keith A. Simmonds TT; Vania Stefanova, BG; Sherry Steiner, US; Gheorghe Postelnicu Stops, RO; Rachel Sutcliffe, UK; Irena Szewczyk, PL; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Christine L. Villa, US; Angie Werren, US; Neal Whitman, US; Juliet Wilson, UK

Countries:  Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States

Forty haijin from fifteen countries contributed two hundred and sixteen poems to the "precious stones" Haiku Thread.


Scattered sunshine—
blossoming jewels everywhere
in a dewdrop

# 01. Smajil Durmisevic, BA


grandma’s treasures
rubies and diamonds
in a bank locker

# 02. Sandra Martyres IN

a stone under roses
is all that's left
of father's home

# 03. Ralf Bröker, DE

Diamond Jubilee—
all the rainbows
in one tear

# 04. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR

the diamond
glistens on her finger
his promise

# 05. Rachel Sutcliffe, UK

broken marriage
even her "diamond"
was fake

# 06. Karen O'Leary, US

green gem
a fitting birthstone for
an emerald isle child

# 07. Máire Morrissey-Cummins, IE

black tourmaline...
his eyes
on my ankle

# 08. Vania Stefanova, BG

jewellery shop—
a turquoise brooch shines
in the show-window

# 09. Marija Pogorilić, CR

what might have been...
an eclipsed moon
over Stonehenge

# 10. Chen-ou Liu, CA

Earth’s immense pressure
the poor dig African mud
for flawless diamonds

# 11. Harvey Jenkins, CA

arranged marriage—
on the wrong finger
her diamond ring

# 12. Munia Khan, IN

all that defines
a diamond from graphite—
wisdom of arrangement

# 13. P K Padhy, IN

no diamonds—
broken quarz watch thrown in snow
by the naughty kid

# 14. Gheorghe Postelnicu Stops, RO

fire of diamonds
eyes sparkle
after dinner

# 15. Gillena Cox, TT 

new year’s eve
the ruby in the display
lights in the darkness

# 16. Ramesh Anand, MY

sapphire lilies

# 17. Sherry Steiner, US

tearful granny
sapphires from the photo
long gone

# 18. Malvina Mileta, CR

in the diamond ring
and in her eyes

# 18. Keith A. Simmonds TT

near the garden chair
rising ruby light
a bower bird

# 20. Karin Anderson, AU

precious words
a poet finds on the beach
like green agates

# 21. Neal Whitman, US

empty wallet
counting diamonds
on her watered cactus

# 22. Christine L. Villa, US

bellbird song
each note
a flawless diamond

# 23. Margaret Beverland, AU

ring with a black pearl
in the storefront window
a black cat sleeping

# 24. Emily Romano, US

the queen's crown
set with sapphire,
the jewels of Earth

# 25. Ljudmila Milena Mršić, CR

on my palm
shining drops of water
stronger than diamonds

# 26. Irena Kraljević, CR

out of the mist
emerald isles
quite a show

# 27. Bernard Gieske, US

flashing diamond—
the drop of dew
in a sunray

#28. Duško Matas, CR

her radiant eyes
outshine her diamond ring:
first love

# 29. Chitra Rajappa, IN

in the surgery
an obsidian scalpel—
the patient in prep

# 30. John Daleiden, US

A waterspring and the sky
and a blue butterfly—
our sapphires

# 31. Smajil Durmisevic, BA

it dazzles
the solitaire
on her ring finger

# 32. Sandra Martyres IN

classy lady
blinded with jewels
a buxom girl friend

# 33. Marija Pogorilić, CR

each precious stone
in her collection
a family heirloom

# 34. Sandra Martyres IN

spring morning
taking mother's coil
to the gem cutter

# 35. Ralf Bröker, DE

in the morning sun
precious stones on the petals
dew drops glisten

# 36. Sandra Martyres IN

diamond ring
in the river's mud—
stolen heart

# 37. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR

the queen's tiara
sparkles brightly
kohinoor diamond

# 38. Sandra Martyres, IN

starry night
diamonds of the sky

# 39. Máire Morrissey-Cummins, IE

mining precious stones
a poor man's livelihood
his karma

# 40. Sandra Martyres, IN

eyes of sapphire blue
lips of ruby red
my diamond wife

# 41. Máire Morrissey-Cummins, IE

blood diamonds
many lives lost
greed rules

# 42. Sandra Martyres, IN

thirty years of love
in my pearl ring

# 43. Máire Morrissey-Cummins, IE

deep red rubies
encrusted with diamonds
her wedding gift

# 44. Sandra Martyres, IN

graduation dance
around her neck
a coral necklace

# 45. Marija Pogorilić, CR

rings with precious stones
adorn her long fingers
the power of wealth

# 46. Sandra Martyres, IN

movie star
her décolleté over laden
with jewels

# 47. Marija Pogorilić, CR

precious stones sewed
on her unused wedding gown—
a crumpled letter

# 48. Sandra Martyres, IN

a birthday gift
from the dreams—
ring with sapphire

# 49. Marija Pogorilić, CR

gem packed cathedral
a starving family outside
in a rusted sedan

# 50. Karen O'Leary, US

son of the rich
choosing jewels—a lady
in the jewellery shop

# 51. Marija Pogorilić, CR

one skipping stone
after another…
childhood dreams

# 52. Chen-ou Liu, CA

a gift of stillness
frog carries a dewdrop jewel
on its back

# 53. Harvey Jenkins, CA

first sunrise
a thin layer of dust
on my good-luck stone

# 54. Chen-ou Liu, CA

her cats' green eyes
shine brightly
emeralds at night

# 55. Sandra Martyres, IN

the most expensive carbon
hardness 'ten'

# 56. Munia Khan, IN

grandma's necklace
on each birthday she adds
a precious stone

# 57. Sandra Martyres, IN

he is in love
with an African Diamond—
black but precious

# 58. Munia Khan, IN

her treasure chest
overflows with precious stones
jeweler's delight.

# 59. Sandra Martyres, IN

rock crystal
someone’s colorless ring
left on the glass counter top

# 60. Harvey Jenkins, CA

a tribute to love
white marble and precious stones
the Taj Mahal

# 61. Sandra Martyres, IN

in the soup kitchen
her frayed turtleneck
hides a string of pearls

# 62. Harvey Jenkins, CA

flawless and sparkling
a diamond brooch
for his sweet love

# 63. Sandra Martyres, IN

millions of years old
the adamas gifted to
the newly born

# 64. P K Padhy, IN


glitter and sparkle
she sports a diamond necklace
the mayor's daughter

# 65. Sandra Martyres, IN

faith of fortune—
precious birthstones
in tender fingers

# 66. P K Padhy, IN

conflict diamonds
a banker's nightmare
flawed collateral

# 67. Sandra Martyres, IN

shephard's starry night—
Milky Way - huge flock of sheep
wearing diamonds

# 68. Gheorghe Postelnicu Stops, RO

precious stones—
frequent reference to
the Mohas scale

# 69. P K Padhy, IN

ruby red
the girl at the nail counter
extends massaged hands

# 70. Gillena Cox, TT

gems filled fingers—
the crazy man points
to the remote sky

# 71. P K Padhy, IN

the birthday calendar
indicates February

# 72. Gillena Cox, TT

marriage ring—
love circles around
the new moon

# 73. P K Padhy, IN

a bee in amber
its ancient eyes now explore
from a pendant perch

# 74. Harvey Jenkins, CA

Faberge eggs—
the art of life continues
to hatch

# 75. P K Padhy, IN

a blue sapphire ring
sky’s color condensed
into one small stone

# 76. Harvey Jenkins, CA

glittering sky—
another solar system
with gem stones

# 77. P K Padhy, IN

autumn’s end—
the nine gems ring
disburdens father

# 78. Ramesh Anand, MY

frog diamonds
the air.

# 79. Sherry Steiner, US

winter catwalk—
her diamond drop earrings
shine in every step

# 80. Ramesh Anand, MY

in between transparent

# 81. Sherry Steiner, US

two moonstones
under my pillow
lucky charms

# 82. Sandra Martyres, IN

Nizam’s museum—
the stone studded death sword
crossed by my shadow

# 83. P K Padhy, India

new year
finding the jewels
within you

# 84. Máire Morrissey-Cummins, IE
For my friend Rachel who is very ill.

smooth rock surface—
the beggar values it better
than the gems within

# 85. P K Padhy, India


she prefers
flashy diamonds
pearls make her cry

# 86. Sandra Martyres, IN

a drop on a thorn
from the finger...
one ruby

# 87. Vania Stefanova, BG

taking a walk
jewels from the show-window
flash into the sun’s eye

# 88. Malvina Mileta, CR

beads of amethyst
his warrior bones are scattered
among good luck charms

# 89. Harvey Jenkins, CA

precious stone gifts,
the hungry man scoffs
he cannot eat them

# 90. Sandra Martyres, IN

opal collection
Milky Way Galaxy just
outside my window

# 91. Harvey Jenkins, CA

a girl in tears
her diamond ring
taken by the sea

# 92. Malvina Mileta, CR

a gold ring
in the mud ...
divorce pending

# 93. Keith A. Simmonds TT

sunny morning
pearls of the sun float
over the sea

# 94. Malvina Mileta, CR

a grain of sand
the lost citrine crystal
in the pile

# 95. Karin Anderson, AU

jewelry shop
girl’s gaze stealing
the sapphires

# 96. Malvina Mileta, CR

the sudden tempest
her mother’s jewels
left to a conman

# 97. Karin Anderson, AU

my life
a diamond in the rough
crushed under the weight

# 98. Neal Whitman, US

jeweled angels
water colour black clouds
my child’s artwork

# 99. Karin Anderson, AU

there in the grass
found what was lost for good
a wedding ring

# 100. Neal Whitman, US

she cradles
her first great grandchild
Nana Pearl

# 101. Margaret Beverland, AU

leap year
has its own precious stone
peach pit

# 102. Neal Whitman, US

his dog's collar
embedded with real diamonds—
rock star!

# 103. Emily Romano, US 

one lungful of air
she sinks to the ocean floor
to hunt for wild pearls

# 104. Harvey Jenkins, CA

rock hunting—
stubbing my toe
on a chunk of quartz!

# 105. Emily Romano, US 

in every pearl bead
of her rosary—
the secrets of her heart

# 106. Christine L. Villa, US

jade mountain—
better by far than
a jade pendant !

# 107. Emily Romano, US

blind date—
only seeing
her ruby pendant

# 108. Christine L. Villa, US

king of precious stones
ruby’s oval brilliance
stashed in a dark vault

# 109. Harvey Jenkins, CA

splendours’ eyes
on her majesty's bosom
—ball of the jewels

# 110. Ljudmila Milena Mršić, CR

curious speculations
tourmaline gains its hue from
double refraction

# 111. Harvey Jenkins, CA

bowels of the Earth
hiding beauty—
the jewels

# 112. Ljudmila Milena Mršić, CR 

Not from the moon
but from 'Earth'
moon stone

# 113. Munia Khan, BD

rolling grains of gold
in the sand - at the bottom
of the river

# 114. Irena Kraljević, CR

Queen's pride—
her sapphire blue eyes
and her gemstones.

# 115. Munia Khan, BD

magical powers
rubies grow even darker
when danger is near

# 116. Harvey Jenkins, CA

 representation of sun
symbol of love—
bloody red ruby!

# 117. Munia Khan, BD

winter holiday
sand and turquoise jewelry
in a beach kiosk

# 118. Harvey Jenkins, CA

adorned circle
on her bare neck:
her garnet necklace

# 119. Munia Khan, BD

dazzling diamond
makes me wonder
life’s worth

# 120. Bernard Gieske, US

mermaid's ornament
stone of Pisces—

# 121. Munia Khan, BD

tree frogs
peridot green
hang from her ears

# 122. Bernard Gieske, US

celebrity's choice
for paparazzi

# 123. Munia Khan, BD

a turtle
just a ring
of aquamarine

# 124. Bernard Gieske, US

the Russian glory
magic of changing colours
An Alexandrite

# 125. Munia Khan, BD

sea blue tears
my mother’s precious name
was Beryl

# 126. Karin Anderson, AU

her navel ruby
more glittering than her dance—
the seven veils

# 127. John Daleiden, US

broken open
quartz geode
secret’s end

# 128. Bernard Gieske, US

a red agate
blinks in snow
eye of the hare

# 129. Vania Stefanova, BG

life experiences
through troubled waters
pearls of wisdom

# 130. Bernard Gieske, US

floor’s high polish
cat paws screech
with the zen crystal

# 131. Karin Anderson, AU

Pearl & Ruby
two sisters
family gems

# 132. Bernard Gieske, US

my engagement ring
Spring’s open cluster
of stars

# 133. Karin Anderson, AU

beaming moonbeams
in your
diamond eyes

# 134. Bernard Gieske, US

brainstorm‘s flare of
a diamond is forever
the copywriter

# 135. Karin Anderson, AU

50th anniversary
the diamond
highlights it all

# 136. Bernard Gieske, US

frost flowers
the sparkling allure
of diamonds

# 137. Cara Holman, US

slipping down
the baby’s bottle
pearls of milk

# 138. Bernard Gieske, US

only one question
only one answer
diamond ring

# 139. Cara Holman, US

your eyes
in your smile

# 140. Bernard Gieske, US

picking out
a diamond solitaire…

#141. Cara Holman, US

streak of lightning
across the oil pool spill
cat’s eye

# 142. Bernard Gieske, US

first anniversary
the glint of her diamond

# 143. Cara Holman, US

her diamond
captured audience

# 144. Bernard Gieske, US

princess party
her diamond tiara
and jewel-encrusted scepter

# 145. Cara Holman, US

a rainbow
across the ocean...
pearly waves

# 146. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

thirtieth anniversary
he gives her books
instead of pearls

# 147. Cara Holman, US

festival of light
flashing from her finger...
a huge diamond

# 148. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

morning dew
the foreverness
of diamonds

# 149. Cara Holman, US

onyx-studded collar
her Shih-Tzu prances and struts
through the neighborhood

# 150. Harvey Jenkins, CA

pale and transparent
one drop of chromium oxide
bloody ruby

# 151. Vladimir Ludvig, CR

full moon
glow of your pearl

#152. Juliet Wilson, UK

a lot of emeralds
in an undetected hole
hungry mouse

# 153. Vladimir Ludvig, CR

red traffic light—
you twist the ruby ring
on your finger

# 154. Juliet Wilson, UK

diamonds on the neck
all the people stare at them
what is the worth?

# 155. Vladimir Ludvig, CR

first leaves—
greenfinches glow emerald
in the low sun

# 156. Juliet Wilson, UK

war plague of radiation
box full of diamonds
what to eat?

# 157. Vladimir Ludvig, CR 

diamond sparkles—
my eyes always drawn
to your fingers.

# 158. Juliet Wilson, UK

his stone collection
of all shapes and sizes
none are precious

# 159. Sandra Martyres, IN

crystal glasses
just the weight
of a bluebell

#160. Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO

her necklace
precious and pretentious
too many stones

# 161. Sandra Martyres, IN

the only ring
I chose for myself—
amethyst birthstone

# 162. Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO

the sparkling diamond
screams for attention
wedding bells will sound

# 163. Sandra Martyres, IN

Pandora's box—
one pearl
at the bottom

# 164. Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO

Summer waves' crests
aquamarine and pearl

# 165. Karin Anderson, AU

purple candy jade
around her slender wrist
lilac petals

# 166. Judi Suni Hall, CA

amber worry beads
wood’s resin grounds
headwind’s rage

# 167. Karin Anderson, AU

azurite necklace
the color of her blouse
a touch of perfume

# 168. Judi Suni Hall, CA

the old maid’s sobs
dressed up with diamonds
just for the mirror

# 169. Karin Anderson, AU

good luck turquoise
chipped from the keys
in his pocket

# 170. Judi Suni Hall, CA

her lofty quandary
jewellers’ rainbow
or star moonstone

# 171. Karin Anderson, AU

his brilliant letters
put in her bead sandals box—
precious stones

# 172. Irena Szewczyk, PL

blood shot eyes
he kills for rubies vivid
red clarity

# 173. Karin Anderson, AU

this sky like
lapis lazuli

# 174. Angie Werren, US

Far from city lights
Island skies are bright with stars
Diamonds on velvet

# 175. Mavis Gulliver, Scotland

first water—
she drags the engagement ring
across her cheek

# 176. Angie Werren, US

Hailstones in hollows
Small globes of transient beauty
Lie like scattered pearls

# 177. Mavis Gulliver, Scotland

breaking foam
her flawed sapphire
ocean stroll

# 178. Johnn Byrne, IE

As clear as crystal
Raindrops hang on every twig
Glinting in the sun

# 179. Mavis Gulliver, Scotland

wearing her ruby necklace
she copies the Robin
Valentine's Day

# 180. Johnn Byrne, IE

Sea anemone
Sapphire glint of stinging cells
Denoting danger

# 181. Mavis Gulliver, Scotland

Connemara girl
flowing on the breeze
her ruby hair

# 182. Johnn Byrne, IE

Bedded in black slate
Fool’s gold crystal’s catch the light
Tantalise the eye.

# 183. Mavis Gulliver, Scotland

sparkling as diamonds
this frost covered lawn
winter morning

# 184. Johnn Byrne, IE

blood diamonds—
three boys huddle

# 185. Stella Pierides-Müller, DE / UK

the precious gems
he gave her
a boy and a girl

# 186. Marion Clarke, IE

conflict diamonds—
boy soldiers sharpen

# 187. Stella Pierides, DE / UK

holy week procession—
the Madonna's tears
are real diamonds

# 188. Marion Clarke, IE

the glaze on this girl’s

# 189. Stella Pierides, DE / UK

rock pool childhood...
he reminds her
of precious stones

# 190. Marion Clarke, IE

diamond jubilee—
a girl practices
her curtsies

# 191. Stella Pierides, DE / UK

emerald dream—
the green fairy beckons
and artists follow

# 192. Marion Clarke, IE

diamond ring
behind the sparkle
your flawed heart

# 193. Tracy Davidson, UK

grandma's jewels
on the grand-children’s hand—
the masquerade

# 194. Maria Tirenescu, RO

diamond smile
the stud
through her tongue

# 195. Tracy Davidson, UK

secret of winter—
the topaz necklace
without a stone

# 196. Maria Tirenescu, RO

the luminescence
of her chest
lined with pearls

# 197. Tracy Davidson, UK

he gives her
an opal ring—
Valentine's Day

# 198. Maria Tirenescu, RO

broken ice
the shattered remnants
of a crystal chandelier

# 199. Tracy Davidson, UK

a pearl
at the bride's neck—
the moonlight

# 200. Maria Tirenescu, RO

singing the blues
the lapis lazuli
in your eyes

# 201. Tracy Davidson, UK

heavy snow...
a sparkling necklace
around the chimney

# 202. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

midnight sky
the glint of sapphire
on wet leaves

# 203. Alegria Imperial, CA

diamond beads
glistening upon the costumes:
mardi gras

# 204. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

first meeting
her opal smoothness
in a handshake

# 205. Alegria Imperial, CA

jewels of dew
throbbing in the morning light—
symphony of spring

# 206. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

diamond stud
rooting on her chin
unsaid words

# 207. Alegria Imperial, CA

her eyes rest
on the emerald display case
mid-sea calm

# 208. Alegria Imperial, CA

bishop’s ring
i kiss a ruby stain
on the martyr’s relic

# 209. Alegria Imperial, CA

waning moon
the scent of topaz

# 210. Alegria Imperial, CA

only an onyx heart
in grandma’s jewelry box
hidden crescent

# 211. Alegria Imperial, CA

the sultan taps
the serpent’s sapphire eyes
ceremonial belt

# 212. Alegria Imperial, CA

champagne cabochon
her tears as he slips his mom’s
wedding ring in hers

# 213. Alegria Imperial, CA

a passion stone—
the immeasurable brilliance
of God's mind

# 214. John Daleiden, US

candle fingers
the snake’s garnet scales
wraps her pinky

# 215. Alegria Imperial, CA

diamonds, rubies
and pearls pale in beauty—
your glittering soul

# 216. John Daleiden


Read the January / February 29, 2012 "precious stones" Haiku Editor's Choices:  Editor Karina Klesko, Editor John Daleiden, and Guest Bernard Gieske




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