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HAIKU DIALOGUE – Poet’s Choice – wine & introducing Gourmet Gallery

Welcome to Poet’s Choice!

Let’s talk about haiku!

This is the final photo prompt – for the next few weeks we will explore a Gourmet Gallery: the topic of food through each of the five senses, like we did in ‘A Sense of Place’ – with thanks to Margaret Walker & Ronald Craig for the ideas.

For this series, each poet may send one haiku on the week’s theme, and it will be included in the blog post. There is no selection process. The haiku appear in the order in which we received them.

Submit an original unpublished poem via our Contact Form by Saturday midnight on the theme of the week, including your name as you would like it to appear, and place of residence. (If you send more than one poem, only the first one will be posted.)

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.

next week’s theme:  GOURMET GALLERY – food & the sense of sight

The deadline for this theme is midnight Pacific Time, Saturday 5 October 2019.

I look forward to reading your submissions.

Poet’s Choice:  wine

Here are the submissions for this week:

halfway –
the path of two
bottles of wine

vincenzo adamo

 

unspeaking couple
the man clicks
a lighter

Christina Chin

 

empty wine bottles
the bird in my head
uncaged

Stephen A. Peters

 

equinox
the right balance
between light and dark

Serhiy Shpychenko
Kyiv, UA

 

rocked by shadows crow dawn

Helen Buckingham

 

no Hiroshima
or no Hiroshima

Neelam Dadhwal
India

 

a single crow
I enjoy the morning rush
from the park bench

Anitha Varma
Kerala, India

 

soft light
what’s left of them
empty bottles

Maria Concetta Conti

 

jingling tunes
bubbles in glasses – raven
conspiracy

Radhamani sarma

 

Uz miris ljeta
rominja topla kiša
Došla je jesen

With the scent of summer
drizzles warm rain
Autumn came

Zrinko Šimunić

 

red wine buzz
tales
of murdered crows

Babs McGrory

 

I’m leaving
you pour me
my next hangover

nancy liddle

 

barkeep
night falling down
our throats

C.R. Harper

 

a bottle of wine
a raven sipping
all day long

Teiichi Suzuki

 

on raven black days
he drinks
only to remember…

Anjali Warhadpande

 

the evening
has paled in to dawn…
empty promises

carol jones

 

wine o’clock
the children learn
it is time to hide

Christina Sng
Singapore

 

caroles wine
after divorce a smudge remains

Dubravka Šćukanec
Zagreb, Croatia

 

wine hangover
I’ll drink again –
nevermore!

Tomislav Sjekloća
Cetinje, Montenegro

 

grape must…
on the empty bottles
crow’s shadow

Francesco Palladino

 

glass ceiling…
another witness retracts
their testimony

Alan Summers
The Rookery, Wiltshire, England

 

to get drunk
I no longer have inhibitions –
words hurt

ubriacandomi
non ho più inibizioni –
le parole fanno male

Angela Giordano
Italy

 

red on white
or white on red
side-stepping a vintage faux pas

Don Miller

 

in vino veritas…
I turn my glass
bottom’s up

Michele L. Harvey

 

one empty – white
one full – red
…does the raven care?

joel

 

a long night
many stories
behind the bottles

Neni Rusliana
Indonesia

 

storm clouds reflect
in the last glass of wine
conversation ends

Rehn Kovacic

 

Hard rock
by Raven Age
Conspiracy

Ingrid Reuper

 

black
against the white sky – whisper
of raven feathers

Peggy Bilbro
Huntsville Alabama

 

haiku poets meeting
they raise their glasses
to the crow

Debbie Scheving

 

thirsty raven
conspires yet man only enjoys
drink

Aju Mukhopadhyay

 

son’s coming out
…a heavy silence
before the toast

Vandana Parashar

 

red or white?
with first light comes
the revelation

Franjo Ordanic

 

starry night
the taste of laughter
on my palate

Veronika Zora Novak

 

ravenously thirsty
we gulp when we hear
the tap on the door

Sari Grandstaff

 

thought after drinking
life as empty as the bottle
moonless autumn night

Vishnu Kapoor

 

a crow inside my gibbet windsor spindles caging bones

simonj
UK

 

winery
tourists from Paris
seeking public house

Pere Risteski

 

a meeting
brightness smoothing thoughts
raven’s in the dark

Saša Slavković
Slovenia

 

knowing not
of its omen
a raven

Steve Tabb

 

holy waters
between russets and gold
a raven’s call

Xenia Tran

 

sober and drunk
the singing
and the crowing

Aljoša Vuković
Šibenik, Croatia

 

bright and dark wine
for both sides of my soul
cheers

Slobodan Pupovac
Zagreb, Croatia

 

blood work
filling another glass
with red

Laurie Greer
Washington, D.C.

 

Allergic to wine
I am immolated by
A murder of crows

Margie Gustafson
Lombard, IL

 

empty wine bottles
a black raven
still crossing my path

Eufemia Griffo

 

through the maple tree
dusk pours into glass
tiny splash

SD Desai

 

black white coexistence –
bottling up
dark temptation

Sher Baluch

 

some crow’s wine –
the pleasant taste
to drink together

Dennys Cambarau

 

two ravens cow –
one from the red, another
from the white wine

Tomislav Maretić

 

two bottles
of recycled glass –
vintage wines

due bottiglie
di vetro riciclato –
vini d’annata

Angiola Inglese

 

wandering through
the woods after a raven’s croak
followed by the sun

Dubravko Marijanović

 

young wine…
the red color of the lipstick
on the glass

Elisabetta Castagnoli

 

60th anniversary –
two bottles not enough
to join you

Adjei Agyei-Baah
Ghana/New Zealand

 

newly bottled wines
fading memories forecast
the tricksters’ pairing

Sherrod Taylor

 

reflections –
the other half of a truth
in a crooked mirror

Cristina Angelescu

 

stars quiver
in her wine glass –
first evening alone

arvinder Kaur
Chandigarh, India

 

white or black?
tasting the past
in small sips

Elisa Allo
Switzerland

 

ravens circling around the slumberous pupils

Hifsa Ashraf
Pakistan

 

seeing the light
in a bottle of wine –
an unkindness of ravens

Ingrid Baluchi
Macedonia

 

toast for two –
telling the memory
only to myself

Maria Teresa Piras

 

back porch solitude…
lost in my thoughts
my untouched sauv blanc

Madhuri Pillai

 

the gifted poet
turning words
into wine

Andrew Shimield
UK

 

Joys of Fall’s harvest
Charles once said, “… let it kill you.”
One down… one to go

Carl Rivera

 

bottle of red keeps
company with a bottle of chard
lest we drink alone

Ron Scully

 

birdsong
the gravity well
beyond reach

B Shropshire

 

di vino scrivere:
senza segreti le sue parole

of wine – divine – to write:
without secrets her words

Giuliana Ravaglia

 

autumnal
two glasses of wine
find a perfect couple

Eva Su
Indonesia

 

midnight
a conspiracy of ravens
rolling in the snow

Janice Munro
Canada

 

chilled wine
swallowing each other’s
displeasure

Anthony Rabang

 

Raven Conspiracy –
please a glass of white wine
cheers

Zdenka Mlinar
Croatia

 

fountain of words
I drink, I pour tears
after leaving

Refika Dedić
Bosna I Hercegovina

 

a whole bottle
and still no damn Muse…
maybe the next one

Mark Meyer

 

autumn sunset
all the red wine
he didn’t taste

cezar ciobîcă

 

precious bouquet
on the laid dining table
red and white scents

bouquet prezioso
sul tavolo imbandito
con bianco e rosso

Luisa Santoro

 

in the DEEP DARK
of Dorian
the call of ravens

Susan Rogers
Los Angeles, CA, USA

 

ready for weekend
fortification needed
fine wines selected

Kathleen Mazurowski

 

wine tasting
our conversation turns
sour

Rich Schilling
Webster Groves, MO

 

smooth bright
the raven’s gaze
its deep dark body

Kath Abela Wilson
Pasadena, CA

 

white for you
red for me
always on the opposite sides

Nadejda Kostadinova
Bulgaria

 

blue sage flowers
in light and shadow
truth about us

Lucia Fontana

 

red wine and white
through rose colored glasses
pink sunset

Charles Harmon
Los Angeles, California, USA

 

the raven’s
sunlit strut
contest win

Claire Vogel Camargo

 

deuce corvi –
dark wings brush
autumn moon

Lemuel Waite
Georgetown, Kentucky

 

Wall Street scavengers
feeding on the carrion
of America

Autumn Noelle Hall

 

only one bottle
they left
abruptly

Paul Geiger
Sebastopol CA

Katherine Munro lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and publishes under the name kjmunro. She is Membership Secretary for Haiku Canada, and her debut poetry collection is contractions (Red Moon Press, 2019).

This Post Has 60 Comments

  1. kathy j munro….i just sent in the theme for haiku dialogue-gourmet-sight…about 7:17 am, 10/05/2019 on Saturday….kindly tell me if you received it.

    1. Wendy,
      This submission has not been received – you can re-send it if you like, or plan to add it to the comments when the post goes live on Wednesday, as we are doing, for now…
      thanks, kj

      1. Kathy i just resent….did you receive it? about 12:10 or so pm
        i changed a setting in my browser to see if this makes any difference….

          1. thank you kj, can you tell me what the time of that post you received was? Because i experimented with three or four different approaches….and i want to match it up with the one that got through. Thank you in advance. -w-

  2. Thank you so much for putting this collection together Kathy and for featuring mine here too. I was especially taken with the imagery in:
    .
    a long night
    many stories
    behind the bottles
    .
    Neni Rusliana
    Indonesia

  3. .
    glass ceiling…
    another witness retracts
    their testimony

    Alan Summers
    The Rookery, Wiltshire, England
    .
    wonderful juxtaposition. seeing things differently with a bit of coercion, eh?

  4. BIRDS OF A FEATHER….
    these three poet’s give
    homage to poe

    wendy c. bialek

    *

    ravenously thirsty
    we gulp when we hear
    the tap on the door

    Sari Grandstaff

    *

    leftover wine
    those lingering notes
    of the raven

    wendy c. bialek

    prescott valley, az usa

    *

    wine hangover
    I’ll never drink again—
    nevermore
    .
    Tomislav Sjekioca

    There may be more….i have not finished reading through all the poems.

  5. Some lovely ku this week (as a fully paid-up member of the corvid fan club these are right up my street). Stand-out poems for me are:

    Christina Chin’s:

    unspeaking couple
    the man clicks
    a lighter

    …..okay, not a corvid in sight, but incredibly sinister nevertheless.

    and Claire Vogel Camargo’s uncomfortably familiar:

    the raven’s
    sunlit strut
    contest win

    …..says it all.

    Lastly a big thank you, as always, to Kathy for all your hard work. It really is appreciated.

  6. When I saw the photo prompt for this week my first thought was “those haikuists and their crows!” Thus my contribution re lifting our glasses to the crow, thought it sounded a little better than raven in the context, when I saw the notebook on the table and more than two glasses. Then add wine and what a fun prompt. Thank you Kathy.
    *
    holy waters
    between russets and gold
    a raven’s call
    *
    Xenia Tran
    *
    Lovely mix of images.
    *
    bright and dark wine
    for both sides of my soul
    cheers
    *
    Slobodan Pupovac
    *
    Nice surprise in the last line.
    *
    empty wine bottles
    a black raven
    still crossing my path
    *
    Eufemia Griffo
    *
    The word “still” tells the story.
    *
    di vino scrivere:
    senza segreti le sue parole
    .
    of wine – divine – to write:
    without secrets her words
    *
    Giuliana Ravaglia
    *
    Plz excuse the short dashes as I’m using my phone. I found this lovely and intriguing.

  7. Here’s my haiku. Thought I’d met the deadline, but it would have been close to the wire.

    Rorschach ravens
    dark omens
    in a white wine

    Greer Woodward
    Waimea, HI

    1. Greer – this was not received – thanks for posting it here! Can you please confirm when you sent it, & did you receive an acknowledgement after submitting? kj

      1. Hi kj,

        Thanks for looking into this. As I recall, I sent my haiku within two hours of the deadline, although I think it was closer to midnight. I remember getting an acknowledgement after sending.

        Thank you and aloha,

        Greer Woodward
        Waimea, Hi

  8. ravenously thirsty
    we gulp when we hear
    the tap on the door

    Sari Grandstaff

    ode to poe’s the raven, Sari Grandstaff and i think alike.

    1. Yes, Wendy, and also this –
      .
      wine hangover
      I’ll never drink again—
      nevermore
      .
      Tomislav Sjekioca
      .
      Tiredness from ‘over doing it’ what ever form that could be, can bring forth many interesting illusions or even delusions.

      1. Sorry….Correction….no apostrophe in poets (in my above post)

        BIRDS OF A FEATHER….
        these three poets give
        homage to poe

        wendy c. bialek

        *poe’s “the raven

        Yes, Carol….did not leave Tomislav out on purpose….i had not finished posting and reading through all the wonderful poems yet….between my whining here…my garage door isn’t opening, and the last monsoon rain…broke a hole in my roof….so my attentions have been split.

        There may even be more….i will find them…please…to be patient.

  9. ravens circling around the slumberous pupils

    Hifsa Ashraf
    Pakistan

    love the sound and poetic imagery here, Hifsa

  10. Cezar’s poem leaves a great deal of room to dream, and i like that.

    Autumn sunset
    all the red wine
    he didn’t taste

    cezar ciobîcă

  11. at first reading i thought it was a birthing…on second reading it is another form of birth….

    son’s coming out
    …a heavy silence
    before the toast
    .
    Vandana Parashar

  12. This one is neatly wrapped….or should i say, Peters unwrapped?

    empty wine bottles
    the bird in my head
    uncaged

    Stephen A. Peters

  13. This is one of my fav’s for this week. I like it because i can see it,
    Claire in very few words…has managed to get the essence of the look of a raven….when the sun shines on its glossy feathers….and the proud walk from side to side….in the “strut “and “contest win”.

    the raven’s
    sunlit strut
    contest win

    Claire Vogel Camargo

  14. Dear Kathy Munro,
    Greetings. Delighted to be included and to see mine here in this wonderful blog. My favorite for this week of so many follows thus: the image making us re read into the content ,delving into human aspect, as i see.

    blue sage flowers
    in light and shadow
    truth about us

    Lucia Fontana

  15. Thank you Kathy and contributors for this dizzying collection. Here are three of my favourites:
    .

    son’s coming out
    …a heavy silence
    before the toast
    .
    Vandana Parashar
    .
    .
    starry night
    the taste of laughter
    on my palate
    .
    Veronika Zora Novak
    .
    .
    blood work
    filling another glass
    with red
    .
    Laurie Greer
    Washington, D.C.

  16. As I have stated below, for all you wonderful poets – if you submitted a poem on the Contact Form & it is not listed above, please add it here in the comments, & include the details of your submission so I can forward them to the volunteer team who are working towards a solution…
    & for all you wonderful readers – remember to read through these comments for additional poems & other wonderful insights & discussions…
    thank you all for your understanding! kj

  17. all the submissions of this week’s prompt on wine are NOT listed, i ask that discussion be placed on hold until all the additional wonderful poems are included. Thank you in advance for your courtesy.

      1. KJ..what is the new theory that is being investigated, now? And if you don’t mind….a little more “whine”….i feel that my poems have been most impacted by this problem….so why are you not willing to place mine up with the rest of the group? Where is the difficulty there? Do you think i am pretending that i am submitting? Why can’t you legitimize my submission by posting it with the others? it takes less time than all the posts you have been giving me….i don’t understand…please explain your reluctance on this matter? I see my entry theme in the window….why can’t you?

        1. an update for you Wendy – the email account used by the contact form has no record of you on Sept 25 or 28, which means that any text you entered into the contact form on those days was not sent on… what browser are you using?

          1. Wendy – it is the people who are looking into this problem who have asked for the information about your browser…

          2. KJ -do they know the browser is the same one i have been using for all my time since i joined here….if there was any “incompatibility”, (if that is what they are going for)…why would so many other poems reach you and the recent post on haiga..on the 30th, the one you found? Can you explain the logic about looking into my browser as an answer?

    1. This was the haiku I sent in last Saturday at 9:10pm Pacific Coast Time. I use Safari and a MacBook Pro. I did receive an acknowledgment of success. My poems go through about 75% of the time.

  18. Please add Robert’s above and mine here, thank you in advance.

    leftover wine
    those lingering notes
    of the raven

    wendy c. bialek

    prescott valley, az usa

    Kathy J. M…..this is my entry….i posted it twice, Wednesday 9/25/2019 at 9:16 pm and Saturday at 7:05 am 9/28/2019 …guess there are still issues with “toasting” every post.

    1. Wendy,
      I am sorry to say that your poem was not received yet again – I did receive a submission from you on Monday 30 Sept with the subject line ‘haiga’, but I don’t believe it was meant for this column…
      I will be forwarding these details to the team members who are still looking into this unfortunate situation… in the meantime, the solution moving forward will be to have poets include any missing poems in these comments – I am not planning to revise the column as you suggest, & I appreciate your understanding, kj

      1. kj. i always start it by using the topic: haiku dialogue-
        in this case: either
        wine or raven wine

        please check again.

        Kathy J. M…..this is my entry….i posted it twice, Wednesday 9/25/2019 at 9:16 pm and Saturday at 7:05 am 9/28/2019 …guess there are still issues with “toasting” every post.

        **********

        leftover wine
        those lingering notes
        of the raven

        wendy c. bialek

        prescott valley, az usa

        *************

        Kathy J. M…..this is my entry….i posted it twice, Wednesday 9/25/2019 at 9:16 pm and Saturday at 7:05 am 9/28/2019 …guess there are still issues with “toasting” every post.

        1. Wendy,
          The submission I received was on Monday 30 September, 10:10 am, from your name & email address, with the subject line ‘haiga’, & the message was ‘i would like to submit my haiga for consideration’
          If you did not send this, then I’m not sure what to think!

          1. Yes, KJ i sent haiga….but not to you….it was somewhere else on the blog.

            kindly look into the one(s) that i mentioned that say:

            haiku dialogue-raven wine
            9/25/2019 at 9:16 pm wednesday and
            9/28/2019 at 7:05 am saturday

            leftover wine
            those lingering notes
            of the raven

            wendy c. bialek

            prescott valley, az usa

          2. an update for you Wendy – the email account used by the contact form has no record of you on Sept 25 or 28, which means that any text you entered into the contact form on those days was not sent on… what browser are you using?

          3. Oct. 3, 2019 update for kj….i sent it…it is there….it is in the window, and i am using the same browser that i always have been using….nothing has changed. My browser is not the problem…it makes no logical sense to bark up that tree.
            why bother to have people…volunteer to look into this problem….if the goal is to serve wine to all?
            why not just believe me and copy and paste my poem?
            I have posted my poems religiously to this group since i joined, with one exception when i was sick…..I did everything right!

  19. This picture offered so many ways to go–I was especially taken with these:
    *
    empty wine bottles
    the bird in my head
    uncaged

    Stephen A. Peters

    *
    the uninhibited poet talking–with a nice sense of wine giddiness. Imaginative and evocative use of the prompt.
    *
    equinox
    the right balance
    between light and dark

    Serhiy Shpychenko
    *
    Again, great use of the prompt’s details. I like how the lines accrue syllables one by one, building a nice stability and thus expanding the ideas of “balance.”
    *
    black
    against the white sky – whisper
    of raven feathers

    Peggy Bilbro
    Huntsville Alabama
    *
    a masterful synethstetic reading experience–sight to sound and back
    *
    seeing the light
    in a bottle of wine –
    an unkindness of ravens

    Ingrid Baluchi
    Macedonia

    *
    probably my favorite this week–so sure and deft, with a nice surprise: the truth is not necessarily what we want!

    *
    in the DEEP DARK
    of Dorian
    the call of ravens

    Susan Rogers
    Los Angeles, CA, USA

    *
    so many birds get sucked into the eye of hurricanes–a beautiful and frightening evocation of their difficult situation
    *

    thanks for contributing, one and all-
    best

    1. Thank you once again, Laurie!
      Having several times looked after injured crows, I came to respect the entire corvus family.
      On one comical occasion, observing a raven sauntering down our garden path, I saw it suddenly stop, bend down and, from beneath a flap of lawn overgrowing the stones, pick out a bright red geranium petal. I could have sworn that it did a little hop of glee.
      Incredibly, for many minutes and all on its own, as if this were the grandest entertainment in all the world, it continued to ‘hide’ the petal several more times under different flaps, saunter nonchalantly away from them, wings folded behind its back like someone on their daily constitutional, return after a bit and pounce on its treasure. Hard to resist rushing out to hug the fellow, but regret not having means to film it.

      1. Wonderful story, Ingrid! I see crows every day and continue to marvel at their calls and swoops and everything else. I can just picture that dance of glee.

    2. Laurie, thank you for commenting on my poem. You’ve caught exactly the synesthesia I hoped to communicate.

    3. Thank you Laurie so much for responding to the raven haiku
      I was also thinking that ravens are associated with tragedy and death and their call of grief would be not only in the wind but in the wine and the sonorous whine of the wine.

  20. Thank you Kathy for the interesting photo prompt this week. Looking forward to new theme too. The haiku by Stephen Peters and Kath Abela Wilson stood out for me as revelations of a haiku moment. In both of these I love the good use of multiple meanings in the word choices. Ravens and wine are both so evocative of moods:

    empty wine bottles
    the bird in my head
    uncaged

    Stephen A. Peters

    smooth bright
    the raven’s gaze
    its deep dark body

    Kath Abela Wilson
    Pasadena, CA

    1. Robert – this was not received – thanks for posting it here! I will be forwarding the details in our on-going investigation of figuring out why some of these are not coming through on the Contact Form – did you receive an acknowledgement after submitting?

      1. Thank you KJ
        It was a busy day Friday, I know I filled the boxes in but may not have pressed send. Unusual for me I know. No concern though. Thank you for allowing it to be posted here. Yet again I have thoroughly enjoyed your prompts.

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