BEST USE OF LANGUAGE – a tie between Michelle and Daniel, both in 6th period.

 

team turned up all day

yo chick mad all in my face

always fly, get cake

by Michelle

 

the Don freaky

been banging he got white tees

always too freaky

by Daniel

 

 

BEST LITERARY REFERENCE  – Ngoc Nguyen

 

Fifty Shades of Grey

husband reads wife’s new copy—

needs a cold shower!

 

 

BEST USE OF GENDER FLUIDITY – Dr Koshy A.V.

 

Publushter* Cherry

Speaks English like cold curry!

Showers with shaver!

 

Publushter Cherry

looks foxy, names books unread!

Water can’t wash him clean

 

Publushter Cherry

lies he “did” women (in)!

Shower gel stinker!

 

Publushter Cherry

interviewed recently

by Shaver Swish!

 

 

BEST IN TRANSLATION – István Nagy

 

If saddens the winter,

think onto

snow battles of childhood.

 

(Originally written in Hungarian; translated by István Nagy)

 

 

BEST USE OF SIMPLICITY – Phillip Larrea

 

We sent our thoughts, prayers

It was the least we could do …

So that’s what we did.

 

 

MOST ELEGANT – Ndaba Sibanda

 

Missing

 

She said

it loudly and

proudly:

 

I miss you like

bees miss

some honey

 

Want to take

to you like

duck to water

 

You draw me

to you like

moth to light

 

You are my cake

my cup of tea

my little sugar

 

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Again, my thanks to the many who put their time and energy into their entries.

Tomorrow, check back to read the Honorable Mentions in the “New to Haiku” category.

See this page for The Grand Prize, 2nd and 3rd Place winners. Haiku on!

 

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*Portmanteau word (from the Publushter* Cherry Series by Dr Koshy A.V.)

A word formed by merging the sounds and meanings of two or more other words. Also known as a blend. The term was coined by English writer Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871).

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