The Results of 8th Akita International Haiku Contest (English Section—STUDENT)
The Akita International Haiku Network is delighted to announce the results of the 8th Akita International Haiku Contest for 2019.
Recommended theme: impermanence; change; mujō)
Judging Committee: David McMurray, Hidenori Hiruta, and Ben Grafström
Looking through photos
Recalling happy times
Wrinkled hands turn pages
Tsugoshi Toshiaki (Seifu Nankai High School, Japan)
入選 Honorable Mention
wind of change
children protesting against
Paulina Artimon (Scoala Gimnaziala Elena Rares; Botoșani, Romania)
Arm away from the sea
Salt stains the air I breathe in
I’ll stay for the day
Aidan Dwyer (Akita International University/ Drexel University)
Baby carriage in the park.
The first snowflakes on the faces of sleeping babies
one more semester
college season’s come to an end
time for something new
Jesse Downing (Akita International University/ Millsaps College)
a higher line on the wall
my new height
Mekala Dinesh Srikar
The cherry tree
Is the same age as mine
but already higher.
Simonova Vladislava (Vocational education center №1; Kharkiv, Ukraine)
Everything is still
The snow finally arrived
Leaving not a sound
Tsuyuki Niina Dubik (Akita International University)
Lying on the bed
His whiskers are whiter now
Wrinkles on his hands
Runa Aota (Akita International University)
Footprints on the snow
Family rushes to the
Warm home full with love
Shimomura Riho (Akita International University)
faulty traffic lights
a girl on the other side…
a foggy morning
Fredrick Elumah (Olabisi Onabanjo University; Nigeria)
Comments from David McMurray on judging the 2019 Akita International Haiku Contest, English Student Category:
Student entries went in two directions. The majority were penned along the lines of traditional haiku, but several flashed cutting-edge new approaches. The soothing traditional haiku compositions chose endearing themes of family, respect-for-the-aged, and gentle snowflakes. A few creative minds composed disruptive innovations that shook up the contest with themes of fire, wind, salt, and deforestation.
The 2 co-winning haiku were representative of the split focus, but they rose to the top of their cohort.
“Looking through photos” is a delightful poem penned in 17 syllables on 3 lines as suggested by the contest organizers. Though there was not a season word, a winter scene of seclusion can be imagined by the time the third line is read that reveals a caring haikuist.
The “bonfire” was first presented on one line and startles the reader’s eyes.