World Haiku Series 2019 (175)
Haiku by Stjepan Rožić
blackboard of the night
waiting for the summer sounds
to be written down
2nd Prize, Ito-En, International Haiku Contest, Tokyo, Japan 1997
with his brush
a painter moves flowery meadow
onto the canvas
3rd Prize, the International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition, Japan 2000
crickets chirp while the children’s
playground takes a rest
2nd Prize, the International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition, Japan 2008
a stork’s neck waves
with its red beak
Among the Lilies, A White Lotus Anthology, USA,2008.
arriving from the fog
swallowed by the fog
2nd Prize, the Mainichi International Haiku Contest, Japan, 2009.
manhole grid cover—
a harsh croaking echoes
from the darkness
2nd Prize, the Mainichi International Haiku Contest, Japan, 2011.
a magpie takes off
its shadow fell from its claws
to the snowy ground
The Prize Winner, the 15th HIA Haiku Contest, Japan, 2013
over the dry leaves rustles
a hurried hedgehog
Second prize, Revista HAIKU Contest, Romania 2014
green oak tree
swallows a flock of birds
just arrived from nowhere
A Vast Sky, An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku, Broadway, Bangor, SAD/USA, 2015.
seaside bench –
a young couple passionately
cuddle their cell phones
First prize, the Spring Haiku Contest, Rovinj, Croatia, 2015.
— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta
Stjepan Rožić (1946, Ivanić-Grad, Croatia) has been writing haiku since 1996 and has authored a number of haiku of anthological merit.
He has received a number of high awards in his country and abroad, mostly in Japan.
He is the president of the Haiku Association “Three Rivers” and its co-founder. He is also the co-founder and organizer of the Kloštar Ivanić Haiku gatherings (2003-2011), and the Gathering of Croatian Haijins in the town of Ivanić-Grad during the Pumpkin Festivals, since 2014. He also judges haiku in Kajkavian Dialect.
Since his childhood he has been an amateur musician playing several instruments, taking part in the work of a number of amateur and folk orchestras. He received a Medal for Merit to the People in 1985, and Order of Danica Hrvatska, with face of Katarina Zrinska in 2013.
He published 3 independent and as an author was included in 3 joint haiku collections. His haiku has been published in a number of anthologies and joint collections at home and abroad.