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The Solitary Daisy Issue 24

Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the First Annual Solitary Daisy Haiku Contest! Sally and Michele were honoured to read the over 600 haiku entries and choosing the top six was made difficult not only by the quantity but the quality. Please remember that just because your haiku didn’t place doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. Judging becomes a very subjective endeavor, especially when the shortlist stage arrives. We encourage you all to keep writing and keep submitting 😊

A big thanks again to contest coordinator, Frithjof, and brochure designer, Carrie Anne Arts Co!

The normal newsletter is below the winning announcement so keep on scrolling.
And now, on to the winners!

dinner for one…
the budding cherry now
just another tree
-	Joshua Gage
end of holiday –
the remains of summer
inside a beach pail
-	Dan C. Iulian
chest deep
in recollection
-	Shelly Reed Thieman
the arabesque
of cherry branches...
frayed toe shoes
-	Debbie Strange
a blue heron’s wings
origami bird
-	Kim Klugh
my rescue dog
rescues me
-	Roberta Beary

Prairie Crocus

📸 Sally Quon

peach fuzz stemmed
under purple silk skirt
your sunshine arouses
Shelly Reed Thieman

prairie flower
unfurling your petals
please stay awhile
Anna Dean

windflower blowing
double weather whether
spring is coming
David Brydges

pistils look skyward
welcoming warm spring sun rays
let’s dance in the glow
-Honey Novick

delicate crocus
fragile in a cold spring wind
sways with strength, newness
-Marcia Laycock

crocus flowers
on the earth
flying cupids
-Barbara Anna Gaiardoni

Member News

This arrived in my inbox, courtesy of Charlotte Digregorio. I love the way her daily dispatch gives us the opportunity to see haiku that might otherwise have passed us by. Beautiful, kj!


the white space
around your poem

by kjmunro (Canada)
Tinywords, Issue 18.2, Nov. 8, 2018

Also from Charlotte’s blog is this selection of haiku and a tanka from Debbie Strange. Debbie, you are my haiku hero!

marsh marigolds
dark waters patched
with light

by Debbie Strange (Canada)
Highly Commended
New Zealand International Poetry Competition, 2023

drifting sands
sometimes the poem
writes itself

by Debbie Strange (Canada)
Drifting Sands Wearable Art and Haiku Contest, 2023

there was
so much I wanted
to teach you . . .
a blue jay’s feathers
are not really blue

by Debbie Strange (Canada)
First Place
San Francisco International Competition for Haiku, Senryu and Tanka, 2023

Sally Quon has had a good week with acceptances from Modern Haiku, The Enchanted Garden, and The Heron’s Nest.

Sally’s Notebook

Watch this space for a special challenge for International Haiku Day on April 17th!
Also, save the date for our very own Gingko Walk in Kelowna on April 27th – more details to follow in our next issue.

Upcoming Deadlines and Cool Stuff

Let’s start with this letter I received regarding this year’s Hexapod Haiku Challenge:

Hello Haiku enthusiasts!

Here is some information regarding this year’s Hexapod Haiku Challenge (HHC). This year we have a special award category, in addition to the regular categories, for haiku about aquatic arthropods. It’s open to all ages. We hope that this special category will encourage everyone to metaphorically (and possibly literally?) get their feet wet in the exploration and appreciation of the world of aquatic arthropods — while writing haiku!

A few months ago, members of the Frost Entomological Museum and Anne Burgevin, who regularly help run the HHC, met up to walk in the forest. We stopped at a stream to flip rocks and gently observe the life we could find. As you might expect, a whole host of different types of arthropods were there. Some were striding along the stream’s surface, resting on twigs that were poking out of the water. Others crawled along the bottom of a wet rock. We were even lucky enough to catch an immature mayfly, which we placed in a container with some water, and observed the mesmerizing movement of its feathery gills. We learned later that the undulating movement of the gills helps pull water past its body for a fresh supply of oxygen. Needless to say, the afternoon was inspiring and encouraged us to learn more about these tiny creatures, and we hope similar activities will result in learning and inspiration for you as well. We share a couple haiku from that day to encourage you to make time for exploring aquatic arthropods yourselves:

flipping rocks
a stone fly
tickles my hand

between silty stones…
a crayfish watches
water striders

Tips for getting started exploring aquatic habitats can be found at the bottom of the 2023 selected haiku announcement: https://ento.psu.edu/about/facilities/frost/news/2023-hexapod-haiku-challenge-announcement

Also, please note the submission deadline this year will be June 15th. More information about the 2024 HHC can be found on the HHC webpage.

With warm regards,
Frost Entomological Museum

And This One! Quick! There is no time to waste!

The deadline is TODAY to submit your haiku on the theme of Internal Migration to The Haiku Foundation.

Another one to act quickly on – 2024 Sakura Haiku Challenge The deadline is March 31.

Closing on April 15 is the Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest. This contest charges $3.00 US per entry, but the number of entries you can make is unlimited. Thanks to Sandra St. Laurent for this tip.

This is cool! Submit your haiku for the chance of having it chosen to receive a commentary.
Of course, you can always submit your haiku to us for the same thing. Michele and Sally would be thrilled to receive your haiku. All haiku poets willing to do this would remain anonymous.

This Week’s Prompt

This week we invite you to choose any prompt from our April calendar and submit it.

sally_quon@yahoo.com or kelownalady@hotmail.com

“Learn how to listen as things speak for themselves.”

Matsuo Basho
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