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

The Results of Kaji Aso Studio’s International Haiku Contest 2009

This program is supported by the Consul General of Japan in Boston

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.


rising sun—
the sunflowers’
dark heads

First prize -
Verica Zivkovic


youngest daughter
passing through
the willow shoots


Second Prize -
Desiree McMurry

vernal pool—
the hardy lily cradles
a young sun


Third Prize -


Special additional prize: “The Elizabeth Searle Lamb Award donated by Carolyn Lamb”


a shovel leans
in the snow

Roland Packer


Senryu Award

smokers’ lounge
everyone leaves behind
a bit of ash

Tanu Deo Sharma

Honorable Mentions


lifting fog
the cormorant
on his rock

John Bird


sunlit steps
a church elder prods
the sleeping dog

John Bird


midday heat—
milk cows chew their cuds
under the oak trees

Darold D. Braida


morning moon
the soap bar floating
just barely there

Barry Goodman


day moon
the girls next door
spin hula hoops

Catherine Lee


the surrounding city...
slate headstones tilted
every which way

Scott Mason


overgrown thicket
the intersection
of old stone walls

Paul Miller


first spring day
the same little nest
of faded twigs

Bruce Ross


a wave
passing waves
full moon

Natalia L. Rudycher


chasing pigeons
a little girl releases
her father’s hand

Wendy Smith