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HAIKU DIALOGUE – door to door – door prize

door to door

With a nod to ‘Haiku Windows’, a past feature from when I first began this column, & also an idea suggested a long time ago by poet Laurie Greer, for the next several weeks we will explore some concepts relating to doors. Be inspired by these prompts – I can’t wait to read where they take you – & please note that there is no requirement to include the words of the prompt in the poems… enjoy! kj

next week’s theme: doorway

The doorway is the entryway, the threshold one crosses to access another building, room, or state of mind… take another look at the photo that inspired the banner at the top of the post for inspiration (artist unknown)…

I look forward to reading your submissions.

The deadline is midnight Pacific Daylight Time, Saturday May 29, 2021.

Please use the Haiku Dialogue submission form below to enter one or two original unpublished haiku inspired by the week’s theme, and then press Submit to send your entry. (The Submit button will not be available until the Name, Email, and Place of Residence fields are filled in.) With your poem, please include any special formatting requirements & your name as you would like it to appear in the column. A few haiku will be selected for commentary each week. Please note that by submitting, you agree that your work may appear in the column – neither acknowledgment nor acceptance emails will be sent. All communication about the poems that are posted in the column will be added as blog comments.

below is the commentary for door prize:

how broad his smile
cress hedgehog

Deborah Karl-Brandt
Bonn, Germany

It is unclear whether it is the hedgehog with the broad smile or whether it is the raffle winner, or perhaps it is someone else – the person selling the tickets? – a ‘gap’ left to be figured out. In any case, this reader also had a broad smile after googling ‘cress hedgehog’…

free draw
at a builder’s convention
I win the door

Karen Harvey
North Wales

Many poems this week are about the re-gifting of door prizes & the inappropriateness of many of them, often with a humorous slant. In this poem, ‘door’ could be a shortened form referring to a ‘door prize’, or it could be an actual door…

entering my
front door –
solitude the prize


Here is a different take on the door prize – a positive outlook that introverts will understand, & it may be something that more people will be able to appreciate after the past year…

maternity ward –
two pink bows
behind the door

Vincenzo Adamo
Sicily Italy

This is another delightful poem that takes the prompt in a new direction. The colour & the number of bows may have been a surprise, but many people would consider having even one healthy baby to be like winning the lottery…

& here are the rest of my selections:

door prize winner – 
the emcee asks
if I donate to the needy
Adjei Agyei-Baah 
Ghana/New Zealand
bluebell wood – 
being here
a winning ticket
Alan Peat
Biddulph, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
front door wide
preparation to move in
fresh air
Albert Schepers
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
picked-over buffet
three tickets drawn before
the door prize is claimed
Alex Fyffe
United States
the threshold appears
and ends a long forest trek…
sleeping beauty
Alfred Booth
Colombes, France
door prize – 
so many dreams
do not happen
Ana Drobot
an offer
for the best fireworks – 
parish party
Angiola Inglese
window moon
she wants that one last story
before sleep
Anitha Varma
Kerala, India
random draw
his numbers
ring a bell
Anna Yin
Ontario, Canada
last journey – 
papa’s travel voucher 
arrives just in time
Arvinder Kaur
Chandigarh, India
splitting open to light 
first cry
Bidyut prabha
door prize
the swallow feather falls
from the birdhouse
Bill Fay
Fox Island, WA, USA
trick or treat
she spends more 
than the door prize
Bona M. Santos
Los Angeles, CA
no 29 hopes for
another gold cup
fresh paint on the door
Brian Oharegreen
Devon England
door prize
the fine art
of regifting
Bryan Rickert
Belleville, Illinois USA
word search
the winning ticket posted
next door
Carol Jones
lucky star
once again my husband 
wins the door prize
Cynthia Anderson
Yucca Valley, California
surprise party
a guest re-gifts
the door prize
Deborah P Kolodji
Temple City, California
Waiting in line
in front of the mall
health at a discount
Dejan Ivanovic
Lazarevac, Serbia
door prize
another chance
not to win
Didimay D. Dimacali
sunshine – 
the raffle seller’s smile
at the door
Dorothy Burrows
United Kingdom
end of the party – 
children’s bright eyes 
with gift bags
Elisa Allo 
next door prize 
number twenty-three
somewhere my ticket
Germina Melius
Saint Lucia
gratta e vinci…
la clemenza
della mia clessidra
scratch and win…
of my hourglass
Giuliana Ravaglia
Bologna, Italia
spring shower – 
my door adorned
with stars
Gordana Vlašić
prize open—creak of rusted hinges
Guy Stephenson
Letterkenny, Ireland
a table
full of strawberry sponges
– PTA door raffle
Ingrid Baluchi
North Macedonia
door prize
on Open Wine Cellars Day
Ivica Mlinar
sorority rush
a door prize
for the unchosen
Jackie Chou
Pico Rivera, CA USA
craft bazaar
last year’s door prize
Jenn Ryan-Jauregui
Tucson, AZ. USA
Covid raffle – 
i gift my door prize
to the janitor
Joe Sebastian
Chennai, India
leaving early 
I place my raffle ticket 
on the bar
John S Green
Bellingham, WA
arriving late
we both reach for the prize
John Hawkhead
last straw
we argue over
who gets the door prize
Keith Evetts
Thames Ditton, UK
gallery opening
the chance to watch artists
draw prizes
Laurie Greer
Washington, DC
high rise window box – 
gardening tools
Lorraine Carey
high school reunion
the door prize
three sizes too small
Lorraine Padden
San Diego, California
bachelors and spinsters ball
everyone goes home
with a prize
Louise Hopewell
lost door prize
in my coat’s pockets
sea salt grains
Luisa Santoro
Rome, Italy
the door prize
ugly dull statue
a door stop
Lyntha Nelson
Colorado, USA
rescue raffle – 
where the prize 
didn’t matter
Madhuri Pillai
lonely night 
a gift voucher on the door 
lifts in the wind 
Manoj Sharma 
door prize
for the coffee drinker – 
tea cosy
Margaret Mahony
door prize
a hug
Margaret Walker
Lincoln, NE, USA
church festival
my mother wins door prize
a man’s haircut
Margie Gustafson
Lombard, IL
at the entrance
to the pharaoh’s tomb…
a golden scarab beetle
Mark Gilbert
every time she buys 
a door prize ticket…
her last time 
Meera Rehm
high school raffle
taking home the prize
I didn’t win
Mike Gallagher
door prize…
in the hillside cabin 
a dried bouquet 
Milan Rajkumar
Imphal, India
door prize
my ticket is stained 
with ice cream
Minal Sarosh
Ahmedabad, India
door prize – 
on the star map
the name of the love
Minko Tanev
behind door – 
bachelor party
Mirela Brăilean
cloudburst – 
monkey and me
share the same tree
Neera Kashyap
a buzz of bees
on the petaled threshold 
door prize
Orense Nicod
Paris, France
door prize already regifted
P. H. Fischer
Vancouver, Canada
a sunflower 
my son’s face
on winning the door prize
Padma Rajeswari
Mumbai, India
longest night
4 am aurora
insomnia’s doorprize
Pam Joy
Dyea, Alaska
front row tickets
a concert I’ll 
never attend
Pat Davis
Pembroke, NH USA
pausing for a kiss
I still believe 
I won the lottery
Peggy Hale Bilbro
Huntsville, AL
Mary Kay party
I win a book inscribed
to Harry Jones
Pris Campbell
basket full 
of sweet pastries
searching glucometer
Ram Chandran
door prize another toaster
Rehn Kovacic
Mesa, AZ
lucky wheel
the pointer finally rests at
‘try again’
Richa Sharma
spring carnival
my chance to win
a red bike
Roberta Beach Jacobson
Indianola, IA, USA
divorce done 
her birth name 
the door prize 
Roberta Beary
County Mayo Ireland
his new trophy wife
wins the door prize – 
a complete makeover
Sari Grandstaff
Saugerties, New York
door prize
the victory dance takes me 
on a nice journey
Slobodan Pupovac
Zagreb, Croatia
the door prize
soon forgotten
Stephen A. Peters
Bellingham, Wa. USA
door prize ticket
one number off
Susan Farner
United States
surprise door prize 
at the charity auction 
I win my own book
Susan Rogers
Los Angeles, CA
school reunion – 
in lieu of a door prize
sanitary masks
Teiichi Suzuki
salvage shop 
the door prize actually
a door
Tom Bierovic
DeLand, FL, USA
awards dinner 
his only prize 
from the raffle 
Tracy Davidson
Warwickshire, UK
winning ticket
and a rose for my little girl
dancing party
Tsanka Shishkova
raffle tickets
in my purse, mother’s
lucky brooch
Vandana Parashar
the prize out our door supermoon
Victor Ortiz
Bellingham, WA
another door prize
I count in the attic
coffee makers
Wiesław Karliński
Namysłów, Poland

Lori Zajkowski is the Post Manager for Haiku Dialogue. A novice haiku poet, she lives in New York City.

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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. So many “winners” here…with humor and realities of re-gifting prizes no one really wants. Except for those few who really wanted to win a particular door prize. Roberta Jacobson’s red bike comes to mind. All I ever wanted as a kid was a red bike (those were normally boys’ bikes, girls got blue ones) so understand her longing. Thanks to my husband, I finally have one, an e-bike on which I fell and broke my wrist shortly after receiving it…and NO, I was not using electricity at the time; I just fell off the sidewalk and over-corrected landing on top of my hand, which I used to break my fall. Also found Roberta Beary’s return to a maiden name so appropriate as well. To this day, I use my maiden name for my writing.
    Well done to all of you.

  2. Lovely collection, enjoyed reading all the poems. Thanks for including mine.

  3. Congratulations to all the poets! Many thanks to K.j. for including my poem and to Lori for the column’s administration. Another eclectic mix of thought-provoking responses. One I particularly enjoyed this week was…

    the door prize
    soon forgotten

    Stephen A. Peters
    Bellingham, Wa. USA

    This poem intrigues me as it has several possible meanings. For me, it suggests that the best possible prize is having an opportunity to enjoy the natural world. Fab!

    I look forward to next week’s responses.

    1. Hi Dorthy,

      I agree with you. This one gives me the same sensation of the real prize is the outdoors:
      the prize out our door supermoon
      Victor Ortiz
      Bellingham, WA
      And, hey, they are both from the same city—where I live—a beautiful place.

  4. Thanks so much for the nice comment, Mark. So glad that you liked work.

    Anitha Varma.

  5. Many thanks Lori and kj for including my haiku. My favourite this week has been Anitha Varma’s

    window moon
    she wants that one last story
    before sleep

    which has nice assonance and consonance. I also can see another line break after ‘one’.

    1. Just wished to add that I enjoyed your poem too. Thanks, Mark Gilbert.

      Regards, Anitha.

  6. Thank you kj for including my haiku. Great reading ! Delighted to be among these poets.

  7. An interesting selection, I enjoyed reading. Thank you for selecting my haiku.

  8. So pleased to have a haiku included in The Haiku Foundation’s-Haiku Dialogue selection. Thank you, Kj and Lori Zajkowski. Congratulations to all my friends in haiku!

  9. school reunion –
    in lieu of a door prize
    sanitary masks
    Teiichi Suzuki
    Life goes on during the pandemic.

  10. A selection with many interesting and original lines. Thanks for including mine.

  11. Thank you Kathy for including my haiku here! I feel like I won a door prize. So many haiku I really love here just cannot pick favorites. I love how my haiku was preceded by this excellent one by Roberta Beary. They seem to go together:

    divorce done
    her birth name
    the door prize

    Roberta Beary
    County Mayo Ireland

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