One of Deborah's haiku was awarded an honorable mention in the 2014 Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi Haiku Contest sponsored each year by the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society.
another blue sky,
another day without you . . .
apple blossom rain
- Deborah P Kolodji
Honorable Mention, 2014
This contest is a traditional contest, requiring a syllable count of 5-7-5, plus a kigo from the published list of contest kigo for that year. The 2014 kigo were:
New Year: toasting the new year, first calligraphy
Spring: apple blossoms, lamb
Summer: early summer rain, fly-fishing
Autumn: rising moon, chrysanthemum
Winter: withered garden, wren
The first place went to Linda Papanicolaou, second place to Gregory Longenecker, and third place to Mimi Ahern. The 2014 judges were Makoto Nakanishi and Kaoru "Hana" Fujimoto.
The contest brochure with all of the winning poems is available here:
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Deborah P Kolodji
California Regional Coordinator of the Haiku Society of America, Deborah P Kolodji gives haiku workshops and has published over 1000 haiku.