Monday, September 10, 2012

Results of the 2nd Haiku My Photo Challenge

Dear haiku friends,

First of all, I’d like to thank everybody for joining the 2nd Haiku My Photo Challenge. I thought hosting this contest was badly timed with all the flurry of excitement last August on NaHaiWrimo and the looming deadlines of submissions for other haiku contests and journals, but your overwhelming support, more than I had imagined, all proved me wrong.

Every morning I looked forward to checking my email. Several participants expressed how much they enjoyed reading the list of haiku and voting for their favorites. It was a fun experience for me, too, as I felt like I was accepting precious gifts from the heart from all over the world.  Most of the haiku I received have love stories to tell, giving me reasons to start my day with a smile. Others prodded me to ponder and view my photo in a different light.

Submissions came from 10 different countries. Here's the list of all the participants:

1. John Daleiden, USA  2. Angelo Ancheta, Philippines  3. Josie Hibbing, USA  4. Mandeep Maan, India  5. Gillena Cox, Trinidad and Tobago  6. Ernesto Santiago, Philippines  7. Pravat Kumar Padhy,  India  8. Rick Daddario, USA  9. Elizabeth Fanto, USA  10. Sandi Pray, USA  11. Hansha Teki, New Zealand  12. Cara Holman, USA  13. Pat Geyer, USA  14. Kat Creighton, USA  15. Vasile Moldovan, Romania  16. Ed Bremson, USA  17. Jayashree Maniyil, Australia  18. Alegria Albano Imperial, Canada  19. Kirsten Cliff, New Zealand  20. Stella Pierides, UK  21. Ted van Zutphen, USA  22. Patty Hardin, USA  23. Asni Amin, Singapore  24. Sanjuktaa Asopa, India

Before I announce the winners, let me point out a few reminders:

1) None of the votes and comments are from me. 
2) All the votes and comments will remain anonymous even    
    after the contest. 
3) All haiku entries are posted with the author’s name. Votes  
    will appear as follows.
    Ex. 0, 5, 4 = 14
    This means that no voter gave three points, 5 voters gave two points, and 4 voters gave 1 point. Total votes is equivalent to 14 points. 

Finally, the results of the contest! 



the rooftop sound
of evensong

~ Rick Daddario, USA
Votes: 2, 6, 4 = 22 pts. 
Comments:  really fits the picture well 


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lilac dusk-
a song we are yet
to sing

~ Sanjuktaa Asopa, India
Votes: 2, 5, 5 = 21 pts. 
Comments #1  This haiku provides a fine sense of anticipating something that is about to happen.  Together, they would make a nice haiga.  There is lots of “dreaming room” here;  we can imagine all sorts of stories that might be sung in a few minutes—we  have only to wait, to be patient and listen…. 

Comments #2  nice mood here 


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in your eyes
a songbird calls
shades of blue

~ Kirsten Cliff, New Zealand
Votes: 3, 2, 2 = 15 pts.

The rest of the results are here:

two lovers
waiting for the evening moon—
first star at dusk

~ John Daleiden, USA
Votes: 1, 1, 0 = 5 pts.
Comments:  neat juxtapositioning of ideas 


deep blue sky ...
the unbearable lightness
with you

~ Angelo Ancheta, Philippines
Votes: 1, 3, 1 = 10 pts.


the afterglow fading
into this love song

~ Josie Hibbing, USA
Votes: 0, 1, 1 = 3 pts.



~ Mandeep Maan, India
Votes: 0, 0, 0 = 0 pts.

family stories -
told to a child
cardamom grains
in ice cream

~ Gillena Cox, Trinidad & Tobago
Votes: 0, 0, 0 = 0 pts.

the white bouvardia
in our marriage
two separate books

~ Ernesto Santiago, Philippines
Votes: 0, 0, 1 = 1 pt.


twilight hour
parents wait for the kids
a mixed shadow

~ Pravat Kumar Padhy, India
Votes: 0, 1, 0 = 2 pts.


doves' soft coos
against a blue-magenta sky
honeymoon love

~ Elizabeth Fanto, USA
Votes: 0, 0, 1 = 1 pt.

so much sky
pausing to comfort
a friend

~ Sandi Pray, USA
Votes: 0, 3, 7 = 13 pts.
Comments:  I like the figurative implication here; the birds emulate a human situation.  Here the verse extends the photo;  both the verse and the image “show” a situation happening—there is no “telling” here and we are allowed to imagine what the reason is for the need of comfort.  The battle between “telling” and “showing” is difficult! 

after the storm
a fresh olive leaf
between us 

~ Hansha Teki, New Zealand
Votes: 1, 0, 7 = 10 pts.
Comments:  interesting connection of idea/picture 

from another time
fading twilight  

~ Cara Holman, USA
Votes: 0, 2, 1 = 5 pts.

peace searching
for a new way
with only blank stares 

~ Pat Geyer, USA
Votes: 0, 0, 0 = 0 pts.

early autumn . . .
all this talk
about our direction

~ Kat Creighton, USA
Votes: 0, 2, 7 = 11 pts.
Comments:  The union of this haiku and the photo work well for me. The haiku becomes an acceptable  and indirect metaphor about change—for me change is one of the essences of haiku. “our” could left in or out of the haiku.

Love story:
two turtle doves
beak by beak

~ Vasile Moldovan, Romania
Votes: 1, 0, 0 = 3 pts.
Comments: A strong sense of loyalty came through in this poem, the kind of loyalty one would observe in a long-term marriage.

cling as we may
there's no holding onto
the day

~ Ed Bremson, USA
Votes: 0, 0, 0 =  0 pts.

rooftop –
our climbing

~ Jayashree Maniyil, Australia
Votes: 0, 0, 2 = 2 pts.

waiting on Venus, again
our first vows

~ Alegria Imperial, Canada
Votes: 0, 1, 1 = 3 pts. 


nest building –
on the other side of the fence
a deeper blue

~ Stella Pierides, UK
Votes: 0, 2, 3 = 7 pts. 
Comments:  There is a great amount of dreaming room in this haiku; matched with this photo I will be reading a very successful haiga.  The haiku becomes a subtle and indirectly stated metaphor for human relationships, even though it obviously written about the birds.  The images of “nest building” and the hope and imagination implied by the phrases “deeper blue” and “the other side of the fence” are concrete images with subliminal and unwritten (but implied) messages. Together this haiku and image celebrate a highly positive sense of on-going change…. 

last whisper…
again, summer heat erupts
in all colors

~ Ted van Zutphen
Votes: 0, 1, 1 = 3 pts.

spring morning
two friends
talking stories

~ Patty Hardin, USA
Votes: 1, 0, 2 = 5 pts.

to the moon and back
have I told you lately
that I love you? 

~ Asni Amin, Singapore
Votes: 0, 0, 1 = 1 pt.


Congratulations to the winners - Rick Daddario, Sanjuktaa Asopa, and Kirsten Cliff! Your postcards will be coming your way soon :-)

Once again, my heartfelt gratitude to all of the 24 participants for making this peer-reviewed contest a success. I hope to see you all on the next Haiku My Photo Challenge. I don’t know when it will be considering my life’s situation. It’s really hard to tell. All I can say is this - one day when you least expect it, I’ll be springing up wonderful surprises again. ;-)

Till next time…..

Blessings to all,


  1. Congratulations to all the winners, Rick Daddario, Sanjuktaa Asopa, and Kirsten Cliff as well as warm regards to all the participants. It was a pleasure joining in, Chrissi. Thank you.

    1. You're welcome, Angelo! I enjoyed your haiku, too. :-)

    2. I love that phrase "the unbearable lightness of being with you".

  2. Wow! So surprised to read this this morning and find I'd won third! :) My congratulations to Rick and Sanjuktaa. Thanks to all who entered and voted, and to Chrissi for running the show. *hugs*

    1. Congratulations! You're welcome. I had a blast running the show although I kinda miss having a judge. You did a wonderful job last time.
      Btw, I love your haiku! You deserve to be in the top three. :-)

    2. yes, Angelo, i too liked that line very much!

    3. Thanks and congrats to you too, Kirsten! would you believe i had almost missed your haiku, saw it at the last moment, thought, oh my bad, how could i have missed it, then rearranged my points.loved it!

  3. Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you, Chrissi, for holding such a wonderful contest yet again.I feel so happy to get a second place as i had been totally down and out lately and had expected to finish somewhere near the bottom.Thanks to all those who had liked and voted for my haiku, thanks for the comments and thank you too, Angelo!

    Rick, happy to finish behind you :-)

    All the contestants...all of you wrote such wonderful poetry that i had a hard time voting. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I'm so glad you submitted at the last minute because now you have a reason to smile and celebrate.
      Your haiku makes me positively expect something in the future. And the "lilac dusk" is absolutely perfect for the photo. :-)

    2. aloha Christine and All - congratulations Sanjuktaa and Kirsten - and all - way fun.

      (Sanjuktaa - your first line "lilac dusk" is the line by line winner by far - imo)

      as i see it, playing, exploring and sharing are among the numerous rewards of engaging in something like this - wow fun too. - and yes, i am (eye-blinking) surprised and amazed by the result. thank you to all participating, reading and playing.

      thank you too, i appreciate the comment - i am delighted with that sense of match up to the (fun Christine) photo. i like that a lot.

      Christine you are a very fun and conscientious host. your contest has been a delight all the way through. thank you for your time and effort.

      aloha - r.

    3. Thank you, Rick! The whole process was so much fun. :-)

      All of you winners are free to post the haiga on your personal blogs. :-)

  4. Christine, thank you for the invitation to participate in this kukai.

    Congratulations to those who attracted the most votes and well done to all the participants.

    1. You're welcome, Hansha! Hope you join again next time :-)

  5. Dear Chrissi; thank you for hosting this 2nd kuaki,its a wonderful experience being part of Blossom Rain ; reading pondering and the hard part, choosing just a few to score; but all in good fun; and your photo was quite an inspiring muse; much love...

    1. You're welcome, Gillena. Isn't it wonderful to be on the other side of the contest - being able to vote this time? Now it's my turn not to vote hahaha

      Thanks, again! :-)

  6. Indeed i do have a reason to smile, Chrissi. Last to submit, last to vote...and now i know what you meant when you said, "because of your votes, i have a new winner"!
    Doubly happy that you liked my haiku...thanks once again!

    1. lol! I actually forgot that you haven't voted yet. And then, after you voted, you broke the tie. :-)

  7. Congratulations to all the winners!!! It was a fun contest. Thank you Chrissi. Hope you do it again next time! :)

    1. You're welcome! I won't forget to inform you when I decide to do it again. Promise ;-)

  8. aloha Chrissi - just a note to say thank you for the beautiful postcards which have arrived. i like them. i like the presentation as well and each card is a gem. way fun. thank you.

    thank you too for a very fun challenge and all you do as a host. very cool. aloha.

  9. Oh, I'm happy that you received the postcards already. Enjoy them! :-)

    You're welcome, Rick. Hope you join in again next time :-)