First, we, the Shiki team, want to say thank you to everyone who participated in the 4th Haiku Contest. We are very pleased with the number of participants ,119 people, and the quality of the entries.


The Shiki Internet Haiku Prize

noon
the egret shifts from stillness
to stillness

Timothy Russell


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2nd Place

drawing the raven
into itself -
evening shadow

bill k.


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3rd Place

Desert waterhole --
a yellow finch dips its beak
in the puma track.

Dennis H. Dutton


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4th Place

August sunrise
fanning out over the courtyard
a peacock's tail

Jean King


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5th Place

calling
from balcony to balcony
caged birds

hilary tann
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6th Place

Indian summer:
  woodpecker
    ratchets
      his way
        up a tree

Charles Trumbull

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7th Place


mountain hot springs -
a swirl of goose down
in the steam

Harold Bowes


red light--
a few seconds' worth
of robinsong

jim kacian


migrating birds
i am repairing the roof
of my old home

--dimitar


fading embers -
a nighthawk's call
deepens the quiet

Ferris Gilli


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8th Place



snowbound --
tracing wallpaper doves
with mamma's lipstick

--Roberta Beary


first light
a grouse stepping
around snow

paul m


nighthawk:
back and forth between
the first stars

Rob Krevitz


the wind
on my cheek
holds the kestrel

Hugh Waterhouse


call of a night bird--
illness
in a foreign bed

Ellen Compton


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9th Place



late autumn stillness:
the great blue heron glides
just above the reeds

ebj


migrating birds
slice the moon
- autumn chill

Harsangeet Kaur Bhullar


the raven sits
on the wall
dividing towns

Greta Jee


I breathe
the same air as
those sparrows.

Max Verhart


caged while we mend its wing--
the hawk withdraws
behind its eyes

jim kacian


with my every step
the raven moves
farther away

Greta Jee


hurried sparrow spills
plum blossoms onto the hair
of sleeping giesha

Steven D. Skowronski


following a bird
the eye teaches the heart
how to dance

Jane Reichhold


a cuckoo's song
an old man
cups his ear

bill lerz


not until
the geese are out of sight--
my next breath

makiko


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10th Place



the dam full
to the brim...
robin's song

Hugh Waterhouse


deep in the pines ~
a hawk yields the reddened snow
to noisy crows

Noor Singh Khasla


rereading her last letter -
a sparrow flits away
gripping a twig

Mark Alan Osterhaus


geese touching down--
shine of melting snow
on their wings

Kristen Deming


A silent night
Rustle of leaves, a squeak
A barn owl kills

karo


morning fog -
a raven crosses
with the light

Cindy Zackowitz


his grave
in the moonlight
a cuckoo's cry

bill lerz


young giesha unfolds
her fan and hides behind the
unfettered cuckoo

Steven D. Skowronski


dead baby bird
wings in grass
feet clutching sky

tom williams


plunging clouds -
the ibis
buries its beak

doris kasson


sparrow in the mist
fluffed to a fat ball
winter nears

~Francine Porad


taking turns
at the feeder perch
titmouse and autumn rain

Laura Young


the usual bird tracks
round the building formerly
known as KGB

Alasdair Paterson


summer swallows
in flight showing
the wind's shape

tom williams


dead sparrow
a leaf falls
and covers it

G Yamamoto


leaving it's name
the cuckoo disappears

bill lerz


dry riverbed -
the wagtail dips
into shadows

hilary tann


storm wave coming -
the motionless gaze
of 1000 gulls

Alexey Andreyev


evening shadows -
the old oak tree
alive with ravens

doris kasson

Jumping from nap brisk-paced cat
caught paper crane yet in air--
       My first origami.

Saulius Veinsreideris

    mulysa ym evoba
emihc ylruoh eht stiawa emit
     !@#$%^&*?ookcuc

daniel ariaratnam


wild geese -
the pain in her shoulders
gone

Harold Bowes


granddaughter standing
on one leg; tall and graceful
like a flamingo

Penelope Sargent


long, slow curve--
again we drive beneath
the vee of geese

makiko


October wind
claiming one more piece
of the robin's home

Kelly Donlan


blanket of fog
covering silent rice fields
snowy egrets

wz


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11th Place


the airport traffic
slows to a crawl;
geese winging south

Joseph Kirschner


while the pouring rain
falls a sparrow arranges
It's ruffled feathers

CoKa


sandpiper tracks
trace edges of broken waves
and shallow sky

Don Wharram


crow rising
higher and higher, finally
becoming light

Kristen Deming


telephone wire
chorus of sparrows --
arguing program

Elaine Cleveland


all the cuckoos sing -
Maitreya
opens his eyes

Hortensia Anderson


after the storm
a half of the starling's house
on a half of the tree

Valerie Lacroix


unseen
the owl shares this night
with me

bill klontz


Northbound crows above
Mournful cries for souls long gone
Ring through dusk chilled air

Mark Moskvitch


rising moon
brightens the black mountain -
an owl's call

Paul MacNeil


Slipping on the ice
Water swirling just below
A confused duck

karo


six Canada geese
glide onto the pond -
six silver circles

Richmond D. Williams


crows in flight
from each ebony beak
the sun's glint

Lori Laliberte-Carey


smell of coffee -
crisscrosing the night shadows
shapes of swallows

Rita Mazur


hawk
midair pause-
cold front

R. W. Richardson {c 11-23-98}


winter pasture
on the bull's back
a magpie

Dennis H. Dutton


one little feather
is all the redbreast left me
before flying south

emile molhuysen


dark and rainy day
sparrow huddles in my eave
throat throbbing with song

Hazel


november rain
turning hard bread to sponge --
the broken-billed goose

copyright 11/23/1998 by Wendy C. Bialek


first swallow
behind the wet pane
crying girl's smile

Alexey Andreyev


high above the clouds
solitary bird flies on
it searches for peace

kumo no ue
tori ichi-wa tonde
sagashitsutsu

Kathleen P.Decker


morning clouds -
a hawk follows the wind
through bare trees

Paul MacNeil


fox stares up stubborn
into the bare apple tree
three magpies glare down

Julian


newly tarred roof-
until dawn the cries
of a caught crow

Neca Stoller


fallen leaves -
sound of the bamboo broom ceases
amidst the chorus of birds

Kimiyo Tanaka


through the bird cage
the green eyes
of a hungry cat

Paul David Mena


The eagle's image
taking the flapping fish deep
into the water

Horst Ludwig


town dump -
flock of gulls whorling
with scraps of paper

Tim Happel


balanced
in a squall of leaves
hunting kestrel

Alasdair Paterson


all chattering stops
the whole flock rises as one
ordinary starlings

Julian


woodpecker
tapping away at
my eardrum

Kelly Donlan


windowless office --
the broken lock
of the parakeet's cage

--Roberta Beary


first snow
the piercing eye
of a crow

paul m


an offering left
for the god of the way--
raven takes it

makiko


sundown again -
a snowflake disappears
into the raven's wing

M. Saver


in the pool
after the hurricane--
wild ducks

jim kacian


splash dive-
the pelican surfaces
from its shadow

Carolyne Rohrig


Shy bird,
as I come closer -
you're gone.

Max Verhart


winter morning-
the crooked shadow
of the dead wren

Neca Stoller


Silent forest -
the twilight flickers
with departing birds

Margarita Drozdoff

133.
fragile white feathers
carpet the grass --
egrets are preening

Betty Kaplan


blending blueness
of river to sky
the mallard's flight

Jean King


country store--
a gaggle of concrete geese
aproned, bonneted

S. R. Spanyer


speckled pebbles beckon
from the shoreline
a plover's cry

hilary tann


The bird is flying
Higher and higher he goes
then he hits his head

UncleBob


fire-red robin
playing on the snowy sill
my room grows warmer

Grace Mathew


spring moon -
under the eaves
the swallow's nest

Rob Krevitz


undulating whisper-
the shadow of owl wings
across a moonlit lawn

Carolyne Rohrig


for just a few days
the songbird and the snow goose
will sing together

Michael Shea


no rain, no thunder
but I still hear clapping:
a flock of pigeons!

Matthew Rotando


flying elbow-high
the ibis flock rejoins itself
ahead of me

Laura Young


just off the highway
two cranes -
dancing

Rob Krevitz


thirteen blackbirds
gather on moonlit snow
to discuss poetry

Matthew Rotando


cherry-scented breeze
grandfather's lark stops singing
both of them fall quiet

Grace Mathew


autumn rain
in his old climbing tree
a mourning dove calls

Joann Klontz


ignoring drizzle
the crow wading through wet grass
immaculate black

Ted M. Zachwieja


no birds in sight
the singing
trees

Kristen Deming

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even after the rains
there is still a sadness
in the cuckoo's call

krish


from the bare treetops
blackbirds
expose the fox

Paul David Mena


songbirds--
waking in a strange bed
at first light

Kylan Jones-Huffman


white lilies -
the cuckoo singing
and the moon

Hortensia Anderson


Splashes sparkling -
the rain puddle vibrates
with bathing sparrows

Margarita Drozdoff


without a map -
the buzzard's mewing
never far away

Matt Morden


mechanical noise
over the water
seagulls appear

Valerie Lacroix


water ouzel
his song sounds above
the rush of the stream

Alex Benedict


a flash of lightning
dark crows bring silent thunder
soon there will be rain

Aaron Milstead


Hi, little blackbird!
You just came by to have
a look at my feet?

Max Verhart


Frozen owl do not fear
My crackling fire is enough
For the both of us

K. Sarikhani


Tough old Mr. Duck
sitting on my lap
stale popcorn shared for a price

Mary Sadr


sliding down the sky
a fingernail moon:
an owl hoots

Sue


the great blue heron
quietly on the edge of
possibility . . .

PatriciaJMachmiller


a pair of sandhill cranes
settling on the marsh
first flakes of snow

Mark Alan Osterhaus


seven geese
sunset glances off
the leader's wing

Joann Klontz


far from home
a redtail hawk --
. . . forgiving my father

--Roberta Beary


under thin ice
a cardinal turns bright
the garden pond

Neca Stoller


out of deep shade
a mallard climbing onto
a stone midstream

Harold Bowes


clatter--
turnstones at the edge
of the tide pool

Alex Benedict


picking at the grass
I cut yesterday
- small sparrow

Harsangeet Kaur Bhullar


end of summer--
the night heron's harsh lament
at the twilight hour

June Hopper Hymas

a stilling breeze--
one braid of twilight in the wake
    of the wild goose

S. R. Spanyer


snowdrift
behind greenhouse glass
a honeybird

marius geerts


snowy owl perched
over our conversation
asking questions

Dani DeCaro


weathered barn
tiny bones gleam
in owl droppings

Dennis H. Dutton


woman in heels
the ducks
scatter

Hugh Waterhouse


the open wall
of a Spanish church wedding ~
bird song joins the hymns

Timothy Collinson


between church
bell's chimes
pigeons settle

R. W. Richardson {c 11-23-98}


new moon evening
the swan's neck rises
out of the lake

Joann Klontz