Emily Edwards

blossoms whisper
my secret carried
through the wind

Emily Edwards, Age 14
Christchurch, New Zealand

Congratulations on having your haiku selected as the top winner in the youth category in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s 2022 Haiku Invitational contest. How did you first learn about haiku, and how much writing of haiku or other poetry have you done?

I learnt about haiku poetry when I was a lot younger in elementary school, around the age of eight or nine-ish. Since then, in English classes I have done a bit of poetry over the years, but no major writing.

What was the inspiration for your winning poem?