2022 Haiku Invitational Winners presented by Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd.
Judged by Maxianne Berger, Dr. Randy Brooks, and Jennifer Hambrick.

Top Winners

Vancouver      

night breeze . . .
cherry petals fill
the big dipper

P. H. Fischer
Vancouver, British Columbia

United States      

cherry blossoms . . .
the painter
sets down his brush

Mary McCormack
Urbana, Illinois
British Columbia

a painting
in a puddle . . .
cherry blossoms

elehna de sousa
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
International

cherry blossoms
all other words
below

Srinivasa Rao Sambangi
Hyderabad, India
Canada

falling blossoms
a toddler picks
herself up

Sue Colpitts
Peterborough, Ontario
Youth      

blossoms whisper
my secret carried
through the wind

Emily Edwards, Age 14
Christchurch, New Zealand

Read commentary on winning poems & meet our winners!

All poems are listed in alphabetical order in each category.

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Vancouver

Sakura Awards

wearing her tutu
for one more day
cherry blossoms

Antoinette Cheung
Vancouver, British Columbia
fallen blossoms
my childhood friend
now a stranger      

Antoinette Cheung
Vancouver, British Columbia

skimming
the skatepark rail—
cherry petals

Vicki McCullough
Vancouver, British Columbia
first baby
sharing the due date
with cherry blossoms      

Jacquie Pearce
Vancouver, British Columbia

Honourable Mentions

still in her smile
the girl she once was
cherry blossoms

Ann Harreby
Coquitlam, British Columbia
Cherry petals in her hair
and it’s no longer my place
to brush them away
 
Joseph Roque
Vancouver, British Columbia


drum lessons
the rhythm
of blossoms

Genevieve Wynand
Coquitlam, British Columbia

British Columbia

Sakura Awards

Cherry blossoms
The weight of rain
Falling

Carole Brost
White Rock, British Columbia
the toddler’s gift
tumbling into grandma’s palms . . .
cherry blossoms

elehna de sousa
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia


a simple blossom
carved in stone
his birth/his death

Allison Douglas-Tourner
Victoria, British Columbia
maybe this spring
a real birthday party
petal confetti

Holly Schofield
Galiano, British Columbia


the faint scent
of cherry blossoms
maskless again

Magdalene van der Kamp
Sidney, British Columbia

Honourable Mentions

cherry blossoms fall
on funeral umbrellas
huddled round a grave

Marcia Burton
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
dreams fall
through dappled sun
cherry blossoms

Michele Rule
Kelowna, British Columbia

Canada

Sakura Awards

another year
of braces
cherry blossoms

Nika
Calgary, Alberta
a garden path
in the cherry blossom rain
me and my late wife

Chen-ou Liu
Ajax, Ontario


perfumed air
the cherry blossoms
ask for nothing

Joanne Morcom
Calgary, Alberta
spring break
a sakura petal
covers my app

Sandra St-Laurent
Whitehorse, Yukon

Honourable Mentions

surgery postponed—
the cherry blossoms
I would have missed

Pamela Cooper
Montreal, Quebec
suicide watch
I open my niece’s window
to cherry blossoms

Chen-ou Liu
Ajax, Ontario


pastel chalk—
her daughter traces
a cherry petal

Marilyn Potter
Toronto, Ontario
sakura
we learn the lesson
of resilience

Debbie Strange
Winnipeg, Manitoba

United States

Sakura Awards

sakura
we bike
the long way home

Marilyn Ashbaugh
Edwardsburg, Michigan
sakura rain
the cobbler turns off
his buffing wheel
 
Bill Cooper
Naples, Florida


old neighborhood—
a crack in the sidewalk
fills with blossoms

Carole Macrury
Point Roberts, Washington
filling potholes
on the marathon route
cherry blossoms
 
Ann Magyar
Brighton, Massachusetts


counting cherry blossoms
the child goes back
to one . . .

Helen Ogden
Pacific Grove, California

Honourable Mentions

sidewalk sakura
how i wish to walk
on air

Kath Abela Wilson
Pasadena, California
cherry blossoms
in my dream
everybody gets along

Stephen A. Peters
Bellingham, Washington

cherry petals
in her hair . . .
the first kiss

Farah Art Griffin
Los Angeles, California
cherry dusk . . .
a few loose stars
thru the blossoms

Brett Brady
Haiku, Hawaii

cherry tree . . .
the conversation
between doves

Ed Bremson
Raleigh, North Carolina
twilight
a cherry petal brushes
the tuning peg

Bill Cooper
Naples, Florida
cherry blossoms
counting
our days together

Edward Huddleston
Baxley, Georgia
soft fuzz
on a newborn’s head
cherry petals

Barbara Kaufmann
Massapequa Park, New York
cherry blossoms
cover the campus
finals week

ron scully
Burien, Washington

International

Sakura Awards

the wind
my horse brings back from the ride
blooming cherry tree

Radostina Dragostinova
Sofia, Bulgaria
disregarding
what the fortune-teller said
cherry blossoms

Engin Gülez
Ankara, Turkey


tai-chi park
the synchronised drift
of cherry petals

Ravi Kiran
Hyderabad, India
whirl of pink petals
the most certain yes
she ever said

Nadejda Kostadinova
Sofia, Bulgaria


if only
we could fall so gently
cherry blossoms

Srinivas S
Rishi Valley, India

Honourable Mentions

Bucha—
nevertheless
cherry blossoms

Kashinath Karmakar
Durgapur, India
last farewell
a cherry petal
becomes shadow

Carmela Marino
Roma, Italy


closed eyes
of a breastfeeding mother
cherry petal rain

Dorota Pyra
Gdańsk, Poland
never mind
the noisy adjectives . . .
cherry blossoms

Srinivas S
Rishi Valley, India


a migrant child . . .
pockets filled
with sakura

Neena Singh
Chandigarh, India
my foreign roots
inside Mom’s fairy tales
cherry blossoms

Elisa Theriana
Bandung, Indonesia


cherry bloom
our children grow up
somewhere else

Aljoša Vuković
Šibenik, Croatia

Youth

Sakura Awards

at the temple
cherry blossoms dance
with the monks

Meallá Ayers, Age 10
Christchurch, New Zealand
outdoors, on a zoom call
a cherry blossom
flutters onto my nose

Cicy Chen, Age 12
Christchurch, New Zealand


the soft wind
cherry blossoms
float to the moon

Sophie Ellery, Age 11
Christchurch, New Zealand
midnight
my kitten trots home
blossom in mouth

Eddison Keith, Age 9
Christchurch, New Zealand


rush hour traffic
smoke and petals
swirl in the air

Amber Lee, Age 13
Vancouver, British Columbia
pink canopy
covering my grandmother’s
harmonica

Daniel Officer, Age 14
Christchurch, New Zealand

Honourable Mentions

by the stream
cherry blossoms
painting themselves

Evangeline Casey, Age 10
Christchurch, New Zealand
Today
our story starts
with cherry blossoms.

Chloe Chan, Age 13
Vancouver, British Columbia


moving day
filling my mom’s diary
with cherry petals

Sebastian Ciobica, Age 10
Botosani, Romania
by my trampoline
cherry blossoms
chanting with the sun

Tom Clark, Age 7
Christchurch, New Zealand


midnight
cherry blossoms
in the arms of stars    

Fred McRae, Age 15
Christchurch, New Zealand
The flowing stream
Cherry blossoms
Hold the deepest secrets

Masha Pospolitak, Age 14
Christchurch, New Zealand


on the mountain
an old man finds
cherry blossoms accept him

Zoe Sullivan, Age 15
Christchurch, New Zealand

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