cattails
May 2014
Haiku
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Since we have three times as many haiku as any other genre, I have selected "five" Editor's Choices for this edition.



railroad crossing
we fancy ourselves
art critics

Barbara Snow USA

Here is an Editor's Choice moment composed by Barbara Snow from the USA. When I first read this one, it had the "feel" of a haiku, although no actual season word or nature reference was present. As a matter of fact, exactly what did it mean? . . . which reminded me to re-remind myself that half of a successful haiku, is up to the reader! So I reread it and finally realized that the depth of this write is amazing whether it qualifies as a haiku or perhaps sits on that fine-line between haiku and senryu.

Metaphorically speaking, the author could have come to that railroad crossing in her own life, but technically speaking, I asked myself what was she trying to say in the next two lines? Well of course, the answer is simple, but sometimes the simplicity of a moment, is what a reader misses, and in Barbara's haiku this was the case.

Imagine coming to a stop in your vehicle at the railroad crossing, maybe you are in a hurry to get someplace and the long train is taking what seems like forever as they often do! Then suddenly you realize that you are watching the "graffiti" on the sides of the cars, and here comes the punch line, you have become an "art critic"!

For me, this was an "aha" moment for sure and a very unique haiku/senryu that I am happy to share with all of our readers.
—an'ya, cattails principal editor



sacred chank—
a prayer echoes
off the walls

Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy
United Kingdom


This Editor's Choice haiku is by Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy who lives in the United Kingdom. It is about the "sacred chank" which is a type of conch blown in Indian temples and at homes to offer prayer to God. These kind of conch have a special hole drilled in them for blowing. With this haiku, I can hear it echo prayer off its own walls, as well as off temple walls or the walls in someone's home. A deep meaning and very nice sound haiku that gives us the visuals of this lovely shell as a bonus.
—an'ya, cattails principal editor



blue poppies
the temperature of twilight
on Tibetan snow

Thomas H Chockley
USA

Speaking of fine visuals, this stunning haiku by Thomas H Chockley from the USA, is also an Editor's Choice. The way that Thomas combines those "blue poppies" and "twilight on Tibetan snow" is wonderful. One can easily feel the raw temperature through the carefully chosen words in this haiku.
—an'ya, cattails principal editor



water streaming
from the moose's jaw
Rainbow Falls trail

Nola Obee
Canada

What an impressive scene created in this Editor's Choice haiku by Nola Obee from Canada. Even if you have never been or never go to "Rainbow Falls trail", there is no better way to visit there than this moment. Such a dynamic picture of this massive and magnificent creature with water streaming from its jaw in juxtaposition with the Rainbow Falls! Thank you Nola for sharing this one with our readers.
—an'ya, cattails principal editor



moon dust moths
their wings spread across
peeling bark

Robyn Cairns
Australia

By Robyn Cairns from Australia, this Editor's Choice haiku is breathtaking. The wings of moths are perfectly matched and although not as flashy as a butterfly, they are to me, quite special with patterns that would make for a beautiful sweater. "moon dust moths" on "peeling bark" is a great visual in itself as their wings blend into the bark.
—an'ya, cattails principal editor