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lighting a path (haiku by Robert Michael Drouilhet)

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lighting a path

for the cherry blooms

first grade teacher

— Robert Michael Drouilhet (Picayune, Mississippi)

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival HaikuInvitational Winner –  Best U.S. poem

This poem is comparing first grade students to cherry blooms. The teacher might be lighting the path of the students literally (perhaps with a flashlight during a field trip) or metaphorically as he is guiding them on the path of life.

The best haiku always leave room for interpretation and can have various meanings. Read some suggestions for writing haiku and submit your haiku to the contest starting March 1.

To learn how to write a winning haiku, visit our haiku table during Sakura Days Japan Fair (April 5-6 2014).  Our volunteers are past judges and past winners of the VCBF Haiku Invitational, so they can answer any questions you may have about haiku.  We will be in the glasshouse.


VCBF Haiku Invitational 2013 Winners



Congratulations to the top 5 Winners of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013 Haiku Invitational presented by LW_LogoRGB_2c


Top Winners

British Columbia

a crow’s nest—
the wind drops
white blossoms
                      Julie Emerson
                      Vancouver, British Columbia


waiting for the blossoms
the birds are still
up the magician’s sleeve
                      Marco Fraticelli
                      Pointe-Claire, Quebec

United States

lighting a path
for the cherry blooms
first grade teacher
                     Robert Michael Drouilhet
                     Picayune, Mississippi


this side of winter
tuning the mandolin
to mountain cherry
                     Leah Ann Sullivan
                     Nagoya, Japan


a bird bath
under a tree
filled with cherry blossoms
                     Iris Liu, age 12
                     Vancouver, British Columbia


You can participate to the VCBF Haiku Invitational 2014 contest starting March 1 until June 2, 2014.