Sunday, May 21, 2017

clicking refresh
to know when it's raining
Spring melancholy

Genjuan Haibun Contest Results

Dear haiku friends,
The results of this year's Genjuan Haibun Contest have just been posted here:

The judges and Contest officer would appreciate it greatly if you could share this information in due course with your own haiku/poetry circle. Feel free to add to the comments or share on FB. Next year's guidelines will be posted there in due course on a separate page (page link at top right).

The five prize-winning pieces will be available to read on the Icebox as soon as possible (again, on a separate page).


Stephen Gill (Tito)

Friday, April 21, 2017

in the dog's belly
reams of old homework
and spring grasses

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cities of Green Leaves Kukai 2011: Revisited


Aoba Festival --
a yakuta's posh pattern
of sparrows and leaves

Here are the results for the Cities of Green Leaves Ginko No Kukai

A good turnout was had, and votes were well dispersed across the board. I'm not certain of the amount we raised for tsunami relief, although many pledged to contribute funds or their own personal time. Here are those charitable sites again:

Architecture for Humanity

Japanese Red Cross Society

Ngo Jen Official Website

Salvation Army in Japan

Thanks to our many friends in the global haijin community for sharing your poetry with us and helping to make this event a success.

9 points:

Under this bridge
weeds grow from the walls
an old flame

Paul Conneally / England

Spring’s beginning
a violet
the first to know

Lorin Ford / Australia

8 points

kite weather
the wind’s new music
on strings of light

Lorin Ford / Australia

6 points

After the tsunami
a dog comes home
from the sea

Rhonda Poholke / Australia

wide blue sky-
a lone swift traces
the curve of a cloud

Diana Webb / England

visiting each inlet
a monk’s sutra to the sea- -
bird’s return to north

Eiko Yachimoto / Japan

5 points

Suburban ginko
on every mailbox
a tree-cutting brochure

Tzetzka Ilieva

No more leaves
reflected in this pond
the moon

Rhonda Poholke / Australia

green river –
a sparrow flits
from leaf to leaf

Diana Webb / England

4 points

The sacred camphor tree –
The stream glares in the evening sun
Time and place all blur

Masako Fujie / Japan

the spring thaw
awakens primroses
valley dawn

Hidenori Hiruta / Japan

Spring evening
the moon
is my Yoko Ono

John Merryfield / USA

Writing the word
on a haricot bean

Tito / Japan

a breeze -
on the water
sky appearing . . .
under purple irises

Keiko Yurugi / Japan

3 points

spring walk –
four, five, six patches
on my dog’s back

Valeria Simonova-Cecon / Italy

Out of muddy water
iris in thick profusion –
see, the kami smiles!

John Dougill / Japan

Call it an iris or flag,
Elegance blooming
By the pond of singing frogs

Kyoko Norma Nozaki / Japan

Morning sunlight –
the first new leaves ;
on the pollarded Plane

Diana Webb / England

2 points

Thousand prayers drift down
Kashima grows stronger—
each sakura petal

Yousei Hime / USA

Imitating frog croaks
soon, they imitate me:
Green Festival Eve

Mari Kawaguchi / Japan

four bright planets
pulsing in the eastern sky . . .
solo ginko

Barbara A. Taylor / Australia

The rise of full moon –
the May darkness
of my mulberry tree

Eiko Yachimoto / Japan

Portable shrine
beneath a verdurous tree –
the roof decorated
with copper flying swallows

Keiko Yurugi / Japan

1 point

At Ota Shrine
iris bow their pretty heads
while frogs croak prayers

John Dougill / Japan

Rosanjin’s hometown
new green upon the mountains
celadon color

Sharnice Eaton / Japan

seasonal mood swings –
young tea-leaves
in Fukushima

Lorin Ford / Australia

Like a stranger to life :: who will not be renewed :: my green shall be split in two

Grant Hackett / USA

catfish ripples –
one turtle plunges,
one endures

Yousei Hime / USA

Peering through new maple,
sunlight falls on purple flags;
their green blades shake

Michael Lambe / Japan

old ginko tree-
tiny new leaves
a mountain welcome

shanna / USA

In Ota Shrine’s brooklet
tago-frogs welcoming visitors;
“comf, comf, comf!”

Hisashi Miyazaki / Japan

from my land
I walk with you

Rhonda Poholke / Australia

A single teacup -
winter’s icy breath
through skeletal trees

Barbara A. Taylor / Australia


I give her
my last Pall Mall
blue geese in Fujisawa


New Resonance 9




wearing the face
of a tayu
talk about the weather


snow woman
her dreams a strange imagery
when she sleeps alone


garage sale
the Latino's child
makes the offer

zen garage sale
no customers

garage sale
'Tales of Power'
at half the price

hanging up her beret
she slips into autumn


taking a bite
from a bitter orange
january thaw


Ichigatsu no tokeshi orenji aji nigashi

(translation by Hidenori Hiruta)


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

a desk top, too
becomes a work of art --
winter deepens

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2017

Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2017 Guidelines

Genjuan 幻住庵 is the name of the cottage near Lake Biwa where, in 1690, Basho lived for a time. His residence in this 'Vision Inhabited Cottage' was probably the happiest period of his life, and it was there that he wrote his most famous short haibun. The purpose of the Contest is to encourage the writing of fine haibun in English and maintain the connection between the traditional Japanese perception of haibun and what is evolving around the world. The judges are hoping that the Contest will continue to receive a warm response from all haibun writers. The award for the Grand Prix remains the same –
a fine, full-size replica of a Hokusai/Hiroshige ukiyo-e print and smaller gifts will be sent to the An (Cottage) Prizewinners.
The writers of all the decorated works will receive a certificate of merit. We sincerely look forward to your participation.

1 Subject:

2 Style:
No restrictions, but special attention must be paid to honour the spirit of haikai. This includes such features as the subtle linking of haiku with prose, omission prompting the reader's imagination, humour and self-deprecation.

3 Length:
In total, between 7 and 35 lines (at 1 line = 80 spaces; a 3-line haiku counts as 3 lines; the title, as 1 line).

4 Haiku/Title:
At least one haiku (no formal restrictions) should be included and each piece should be given a title, however short.

5 Format:
Print each piece separately on one sheet of A4-size paper (and use the reverse if long) and write at the bottom your name (and your pen name, if you have one) together with your address, telephone number,and email address. Your privacy will be strictly protected, and the judges will not see your names until the result has been decided.

6 Deadline:
All entries should reach the following address between 1 October 2016 and 31 January 2017. Please send your entries to:
Ms. Eiko Mori, 2-11-23-206 Jokoji, Amagasaki-shi, Hyogo-ken 660-0811, Japan.
Entries received after this date might not be accepted. Kindly avoid sending by express and using extra-large envelopes. Best write your home address on your envelope, too. We apologize for not being able to accept emailed entries.

7 Entry Fee:

8 Restrictions:
Entrants can send up to three entries, but two is what we normally expect. They should be unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere. As we cannot return your entries after screening, please retain your own copies.

9 Questions:
All queries should be sent to the address above or by email to
Email Ms. Mori 2 weeks after sending your entries if you wish to have an acknowledgement of receipt.

10 Judges:
Nenten Tsubouchi, Stephen Henry Gill, Hisashi Miyazaki, Ellis Avery

11 Special Request:
The authors of the decorated works will later be requested to send us their pieces as Word-files by email. In this, we expect your cooperation.

12 Results:
The results will be posted on the Hailstone Icebox by May after awardees have first been notified by email. Later, the prize-winning pieces will be posted there on a dedicated page. Judges’ comments will, in due course, be sent to awardees, together with prizes and/or certificates of merit. Every three years, it is hoped to publish an anthology of the best Genjuan pieces.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

cicada song
all through the twilight --
the moon also rises

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

when I was just a boy
I counted to a thousand --
summer clouds