Choice "fruit tree" Haiku ~ Editor, Karina Klesko




My Choices for "fruit tree" Haiku Thread


Thirty-three poets from twelve countries have contributed one hundred-twenty-three haiku to this Thread. 

Grand Winners

Olive Branch

In the following two haiku I enjoyed the peaceful tones of Romania and Croatia. The first one clears up the waters. The second: the new shoots on a ship-awaiting departure....awaiting the new peacefulness . . .

Whirling Danube—
an olive branch clears up
the waters

# 07. Vasile Moldovan, RO


Two olive shoots
On the deck of a tourist ship--
Awaiting departure

# 92. Jadran Zalokar, CR

The symbolism of the Olive Branch is interesting. In the Book of Genesis from the Hebrew Bible, a white dove carrying an olive branch is a sign of peace. After the Great Flood, in order to find land, Noah released a dove three times. On the first trip, the dove returned with nothing, indicating that the waters had not yet receded. On the second trip, the dove came back carrying an olive leaf in its beak (Genesis 8:11), which informed Noah that God had taken mercy on humanity and caused the flood to recede and physically showed there was some earth now above water level:

And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off:

The olive branch is a branch of an olive tree. In Western culture, derived from the customs of Ancient Greece, it symbolizes peace or goodwill. The original link between olive branches and peace is unknown. Some explanations center on the fact that olive trees take a very long time to bear fruit. Thus, the cultivation of olives is something that is generally impossible in time of war.  Another possible explanation is that olives are among the first agricultural crops and an offering of an olive branch is a way to establish peace and camaraderie through agriculture.

Below are my Choices for the "fruit tree" Haiku thread:

First Choice Winner

peeling my pear
in a thin, unbroken spiral...
hometown memories

# 06. Chen-ou Liu, CA



Second Choice Winners . . .

ripe plums—
rolling her wheel-chair
to a fruitful tree

# 08. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR


Cuppernong juice
drips from chin to shirt
my southern childhood

# 84. Pris Campbell, US


watching grandpa
remove his teeth—
raspberry seed

# 05. Terri L. French, US


Third Choice Winner

peach juice
down our arms
ants at our feet

# 24. Terri L. French, US


Highly Recommended

cherry trees
swaying in the wind...
taste of summer

# 22. Keith A. Simmonds, TT


the yellow ware bowl
full to the brim with cherries—
oh, my muddy boots

# 19. Neal Whitman, US


Willie , I had to look up 'cheese fruit' and found it is also called 'vomit fruit' and noni, among others. Your poem is interesting—such beauty and exotica to view—in the background, the fruit cheese, which appears to be malodorous in the resources I found. Good one. I learned something really new !

exotic view
silent in the background
are ripe cheese fruits

# 110. Willie Ropelos Bongcaron, PH


At evening—
above the empty cherry tree
the new moon

# 122. Maria Tirenescu, RO


succulent figs—
in the light of a full moon
the ghostly trees

# 123. John Daleiden, US


orchard owners
talk shop during lunch
apple turnovers

# 36. Reason A. Poteet, US


bees buzzing around
the ripening plums:
summer morning

# 48. Keith A. Simmonds, TT


Fourth of July picnic
watermelon rinds
piling up

# 10. Cara Holman, US


graveside tears
laden raspberry bushes
left unpicked

# 11. Karen O'Leary, US


Senyru Choices

public orchard
a sign to be aware
of the bull

# 20. Marleen Hulst, NL


the tailor's shirt
inside out—
Fruit of the Loom

# 100. Bouwe Brouwer, NL


girl in mini skirt—
I hold the ladder
when she plucks the cherries

# 77. Andrzej Dembończyk, PL


twin pert pears drop
old woman's bra
on the floor

# 51. Karin Anderson, AU

a native mouse
drunk on tangelo juice
stares at me

# 82. Barbara A. Taylor, AU

Thank you poets for your participation in the Haiku Thread.









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