Creatrix 40 Haiku

December 2017

Selectors: Rose van Son, Coral Carter and Gary De Piazzi

Contributors:

Minh-Triêt PHAM

Rachel Sutcliffe

Ahmad Abdullah

Goran Gatalica

Gabriel Bates

Bee Jay

Pitt Büerken

Louise Hopewell

Basanta Kumar Das

Myron Lysenko

Gary Colombo De Piazzi

Phil Huffy

David J. Kelly

Graeme Butler

Sandra Simpson

Matt Hetherington

Vandana Parashar

Nathalie Buckland

Gavin Austin

Gail Willems

Duncan Richardson

Debbie Strange

Debbi Antebi

Lysa Collins

Cynthia Rowe

Alanna C. Burke

Maureen Sexton

Leanne Mumford

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zoo
a troop of zebras
barcodes

my gaze
following the cane
of the blind

Minh-Triêt PHAM. Paris, France

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rising mist
I remember
the dream

seafront chippy
at opening hour
a rush of gulls

Rachel Sutcliffe. England

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children fish
on the Lagos lagoon
a floating school

termite castle
rising from the rubble
a war-torn village

Ahmad Abdullah

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a refugee’s coffin
the weight
of white rose

nursing home –
two pale maple leaves
hold together

Goran Gatalica, Croatia

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fire embers
the pop
of a beer can

parking lot
a stray dines alone
on leftovers

local bar
the donations box
sits empty

long night
I find a penny
heads-up

Gabriel Bates, USA

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new year
only one full bottle left
standing

scattered clouds
the scent of a rose
as it falls

Bee Jay

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haiku workshop
they struggle to save
a syllable

Pitt Büerken, Germany

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cane toads
jumping in the rain
hailstones

thunder rolls
across the plains
family lunch

the words I keep saying
that you never hear
cicadas

Louise Hopewell

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our conversation
banyan roots above
the soil

The above haiku was Commended for the Occasional Haiku Prize in recognition of 10 years of Creatrix publication

dry river bed
watching kites fall

Basanta Kumar Das

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Anzac Day
all the little holes
in fallen leaves

spear lily
boys chase each other
around the lake

Myron Lysenko

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grain of sand
in my shoe
a boulder

head stones
back to back
mourners

Gary Colombo De Piazzi. Perth, W. Australia

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if my dog talks
I’ll listen
spellbound

Phil Huffy. Rochester, New York, USA

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dawn chorus this wheat field all ears

losing the plot
book and reader
slumped on the sofa

silly season
unwary spiders
caught on flypaper

wedlock
this ring no longer slips
from my finger

David J. Kelly. Dublin, Ireland

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old tin toilet
over a gully
a long drop

Graeme Butler

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latest diagnosis –
i spoon tea
into the pot

Christmas eve –
the flock takes turns to bleat
at the first star

Sandra Simpson. Tauranga, New Zealand

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beside the sea –
camels

my jumper
over my knees –
the mountains

Matt Hetherington

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beside me
on the wooden bench
a fallen leaf

Vandana Parashar

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argument –
the path divides around
a single trunk

The above haiku was selected Winner of the Occasional Haiku Prize in recognition of 10 years of Creatrix publication

Nathalie Buckland. Nimbin, NSW

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slipway
the bay settles
into twilight

Gavin Austin. Sydney, Australia

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lightening flash
my cat
streaks past

Gail Willems. Wannanup, W. Australia

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back from the airport
the humming of the fridge

Duncan Richardson

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campfire songs
darkness settles
on our shoulders

woodland trail
we inhale the breath
of old trees

heavy traffic
a queue of ladybugs
on a twig

Debbie Strange. Canada

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winter wind
the clatter of
empty hangers

long workday
my morning coffee
now bitter

Debbi Antebi

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quivering sign
on the canyon rim –
beware of snake

Lysa Collins

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muddy creek
a buffalo stirs
the shallows

Cynthia Rowe

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no respect
for property lines
red fox

Alanna C. Burke. New Mexico, USA

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empty beach shack
waves crash over
broken shells

Maureen Sexton

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broken pot—
a skink pauses
on the rim

Leanne Mumford

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