::::: Haiku Contest Results :::::

Poetry Japanese Haiku and Renga

Kaji Aso Studio has been happy to see such an international participation in our annual haiku contest. This means that Japanese cultural is being understood by more and more people. We are encouraged by your participation and hope that you will continue to write haiku and think of Kaji Aso Studio as your supporter.

Winners 2003

First Prize -
by Darold Braida , HI - USA

wild onions
on the milk cow's breath--
early spring

Second Prize
- by Evelyn H. Hermann , CA - USA

a baby's cry
first crocus
on the snow bank

Third Prize -
by Stanford M Forrester, CT - USA

morning light
all stone buddhas
robed in gold


Honorable Mentions

back at
the antique shop to see
what's new

Louise Beaven, CA

winter camellia
sunlight from far away
touches her face

John Bird, Australia

outside the courthouse
smoker after smoker
in the winter rain

Anne LB Davidson, ME


after his death
the too-ripe tomatoes
on the vine

Joyce Austin Gilbert, PA


around the fire
the widening circle
of silence

Peggy Heinrich, CT


frost in my hair--
I pick the last bunch
of wild grapes

Kirsty Karkow, ME


cold snap
the dog's pee on the snow
closer to the door

Karen Klein MA


new concrete drive
surviving along its edge

Patricia Prime, NZ


honking the geese
barely visible, invisible
my longing

Edward J. Rielly, ME


lotus after lotus
a dragonfly's shadow
lighter than air

Emily Romano, NJ



Winners 2004

First Prize-
Olga Hooper - Michigan - USA

Monkey Year
divorced again
for the same reason

Second Prize
Verica Zivkovic -
Ser/ Montenegro

Sky clears up
hail on the sunflower

Third Prize -
by Stanford M Forrester, CT - USA

cracked Buddha skull
I look inside
the emptiness


Honorable Mentions

Mother's parasol
we unfurl the dust
of summers past

Ernest J. Berry, New Zealand


The shadow
of the bookmark's tassel
deepening snow

Michael Fessler, Japan


Asking old woman
about her youth
she keeps smiling

Tengu, Russia


Refugee office
little girl telling us
she had a kitten

Olga Hooper, Michigan


Late summer
high clouds wisp
into nothing

Jim Kacian, Virginia

A sudden warming
the snowman melts
into his clothes

Adelaide Shaw, New York - USA


racing with leaves
a bird swishes by

Tei Matsuhita Scott, Virginia - USA


a little birch does not know
how to shed its leaves

Barome, Russia


Unrequited love
my heart becomes
a gentle spring rain

Hiroko Okahashi, MA


My netsuke mouse
never squeaks, no..
a winter night

Michael McClintock, California

Winners 2005

First prize -
Elizabeth Searle Lamb Santa Fe, NM

only a junco’s wing this small snow-blizzard
from the lilac

Second Prize
Francine Banwarth Dubuque, Iowa

moment of rest
and scarecrow

Third Prize -
Scott Glander Evanston , IL - USA

morning sun – the first red



Honorable mentions

early thaw
last year’s potatoes
sprout in the hutch

Robert Bauer Wheeling , WV

winter evening
the house cat sinks its teeth
deeper into me

An’ya Crescent, OR

carrying the harvest rythm
of her hips

Wanda D. Cook Hadley , MA

a buzzing bumble bee
dandelion fluff covers the ripe blackberry

Verica Zivkovic Serbia and Montenegro

frigid night-
a drip in the sink
fills the whole house

Barry George Philadelphia, PA

cool morning
a caterpillar asleep under Buddha’s ear

Bruce Ross Bangor , ME

the irises find their color
at dusk

Maria Steyn Johannesburg , South Africa

traveling exhibit
a spider in
the bonsai tree

Rick Tar quinio Bridgeton , NJ

lovers looking up
not kissing-
spring moon

Thom Williams Newtown S q, PA

house for sale
the pear tree in blossom
we make an offer

Joyce Austin Gilbert Cochranville, PA