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

The Results of Kaji Aso Studio’s International Haiku Contest 2012

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.
"Please note: This is the corrected Winner's List. Due to a clerical error at Kaji Aso Studio, we had previously posted this list and mistakenly credited the "Elizabeth Searle Lamb Award" and one Honorable Mention to the wrong poet. These poems were written by Ernest J. Barry. We deeply apologize for this error."


the baby’s hand
closes around air

First prize -
- Michele L. Harvey, Hamilton, New York


freezing rain
on the blackbird’s back


Second Prize -
- John Barlow, Ormskirk, UK

hot wind
a pine cone waddles
to the pond


Third Prize -
- Ernest J. Berry, Picton, New Zealand



Senryu Award

morning after
all my empties full
of sun

- Ernest J. Berry, Picton, New Zealand

Honorable Mentions


milky way
the light from one farm
stretches down the valley

John Barlow Picon, New Zealand


new moon –
changing the photo
inside her heart locke

Christine L. Villa North Highlands, CA


asylum window
a woman scrapes
the ice flowers

Ciobica N. Cezar-Florin Botosani, Romania


so cold
those winter stars
so close

Joyce Austin Gilbert Cochranville, PA


something adrift
beyond the break
gibbous moon

Scott Mason Chappaqua, New York


snowdrop stems
a little longer today
the warming sun

Paul Miller Bristol, Rhode Island


this long drought—
still tumbling

Ayaz Daryl Nielsen Boulder, Colorado


stacking stones
for a garden wall
the weight of their age

- Adelaide Shaw Millbrook, New York


one by one
summer raindrops
darken the pavement

André Surridge Hamilton, New Zealand


summer rain
each corner drips
to its own tempo

Quendryth Young Alstonville, Australia




her texted outrage
with a well placed tap

Gwenn Gurnack Boston, MA


reincarnation lecture
I could see her dress
in a quilt

Scott Mason Chappaqua, New York


her fingers move
as if counting…
dusk light

Marilyn A. Walker Madison, Georgia