Creatrix 6 Haiku

September 2009

Selector/Editor: Maureen Sexton

Contributors:

Rose Van Son

Liana Joy Christensen

Meryl Manoy

Natasha L Adams

Nicholas Barwell

Raquel Bailey

Kate Keating

Mike Burdett

Gary Colombo De Piazzi

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winter sun
armchair recovered
an open book

spring shower
beneath the trellis
a dandelion chain

on the line
grandmother’s apron
folds in the wind

autumn light
fruit ripe
on mother’s guava

forest floor
under gum leaves
winter cache

burnt trunk
in winter light
a xanthorrhea grove

carved from an olive branch
grandmother’s rolling pin

old roses
grandmother’s garden
flowering still
———- Highly commended in the 2009 Creatrix Haiku Prize

winter cloud
along the gravel path
lichen grows

fishing
in evening light
heron ripples the Swan

Rose van Son

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frost cracks
dark trails on silver grass
hidden snails remain

winter harbour
starfish under grease slick
joy yields to sorrow

stingrays glide
turn blue to gold leaf
origami

Liana Joy Christensen

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ebb and flow
tai-chi practice
on the beach
—— winner of 2009 Creatrix Haiku Prize

sunny day
children in the park
birds flurry

autumn winds
walkers leaning
leaves swirl

raging storms
trees uprooted
shattered nests

Meryl Manoy

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spring sunshine
weeping gum
nana’s lace curtains

wattle blossom
scattered on gravel track
winter

mothers group
honey eater clucks
loudly

black cockatoo
drops gumnut
on the children below

Natasha L Adams

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the brewery dog
is wearing quite a smile
this morning

sunday golf
losing a ball –
finding a frog

me, my book
and the ticking of the
library clock

mindfully –
—— I pick the red nasturtiums

filling the window
—— a single sunflower

Nicholas Barwell

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summer solstice
a wind gust skims
her final chapter

first day of summer
her little smile
finally blossoms

through the peep hole
his words
bigger than him

bait:
her tattoo
catches his eye

Raquel Bailey

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five Morellos
sour flush
we are out of sugar

the yellow lichen
daubs the weathered stone cross
painting out her name

elderberries,
plentiful and ripe, hang above
the blood-stained path

a pylon, the highest
point of the hill, has tree roots
at its foundations

no Indian summer,
he dead heads wet roses
dark before sundown

Kate Keating

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‘Reflections on Michael Jackson’

the glove
reaching out
black or white

moonwalker
not of this earth
he departs

man in the mirror
what does he see
not himself

moonwalkers
here and there
Jackson and Armstrong

a sparrow
on stage
an eagle

the boy-man
behind the mask
lost

the child
of the child
in tears

in death
his genius
our compassion

in death
his anguish
unmasked

the boy
unknown to himself
the man

Mike Burdett

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pink everlastings
unfold and face the sun –
ballerinas curtsy

his walk determined
stride quick rarely glance
opportunities missed

over the wall
opalescent flood waters flow
overburdened with debris

Major Mitchell parrot
goose steps across the grass
resplendent in black

Gary Colombo De Piazzi

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