Throughout May in the Per Diem feature on The Haiku Foundation website Carlos Colón has been showcasing haiku dedicated to fellow haiku poets. Many of the wrong guesses were as interesting as the correct answers. Here is the complete list. Congratulations to all our participants, and we hope you enjoyed the challenge!
May 1, 2014 incense drifts during High Mass someone's sneeze blessed -Jeanne Jorgensen for Nasira Alma Border Crossing, 1993 Winner: None Other Guesses: Scott Mason (Raymond Roseliep) John Stevenson (Nick Virgilio) May 2, 2014 first snowflakes drinking mulled wine with a cat in her lap Margaret Chula for Virginia Brady Young Written for the memorial reading at the Haiku North America conference, Long Beach, California, in 2013. Winner: None Other Guesses: Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy (Hortensia Anderson) H. Gene Murtha (Hortensia Anderson) May 3, 2014 after the brushstroke, his head stays tilted to a sun-dappled sumi-e Michael Dylan Welch for Kaji Aso Boston Haiku Society News, April 2006 Winner: Jim Krotzman Other Guesses: May 4, 2014 my friend’s death day tea drunk from a gallah mug she gave me Patricia Prime for Janice Bostok Previously unpublished Winners (tie): Sandra Simpson; Jennifer Sutherland Other Guesses: May 5, 2014 hydrangea rain . . . will I see you again in my dreams? Kris Kondo for Hortensia Anderson Facebook Winner: Sandra Simpson Other Guesses: H. Gene Murtha (William J. Higginson) May 6, 2014 no longer hearsay finally official death notice of Rengé Patricia A. Laster for David Priebe (Rengé) Winner: Alan Summers Other Guesses: H. Gene Murtha (John Carley) May 7, 2014 Spring Moon — this year, one more star in the Milky Way Karma Tenzing Wangchuk for Kay F. Anderson The Heron's Nest IX.2 (2007) Winner: Roberta Beary Other Guesses: Scott Mason (L. A. Davidson) Garry Eaton (Richard Wright) John Hawkhead (Tokugawa Ieyasu) May 8, 2014 voice of a dark thrush lingers in the cedars Nikko in mist Ellen Compton for Yatsuka Ishihara (surname is last) Gendai Haiku, 1999 Winner: Kris Moon Other Guesses: Kristen Cliff (Yatsuka Ishihara) May 9, 2014 the long autumn and no letter from raymond Marlene Mountain for Raymond Roseliep https://www.marlenemountain.org/1lhaiku/80s/1lhai_late70sto90s.html Winner: Sandra Simpson Other Guesses: Alan Summers (Roseliep) Ellen Olinger (Roseliep) May 10, 2014 intrepid hiker he strides away to climb the Snout Patricia Prime for Cyril Childs Previously unpublished Winner: Sandra Simpson Other Guesses: May 11, 2014 lowering sun-- with a turn of my head the finches fly away Carolyn Hall for D. Claire Gallagher How to Paint the Finch's Song (Red Moon Press, 2010) Winner: Cherie Hunter Day Other Guesses: Alan Summers (Paul O. Williams) May 12, 2014 sweet magnolia Spanish moss leans with the breeze Paul MacNeil for Peggy Willis Lyles The Heron's Nest XII.4 (2010) Winner: Margaret Dornaus Other Guesses: Sandra Simpson (Lyles) Ellen Compton (Lyles) Scott Mason (Lyles) May 13, 2014 his death notice. . . the get-well card still in my briefcase Roberta Beary for Alexius Burgess The Unworn Necklace (snapshot press, 2007) Winner: Ellen Compton Other Guesses: Alan Summers (William J. Higginson) John Stevenson (H. F. Noyes) May 14, 2014 holding the sea shell next to my ear his voice from afar Raffael de Gruttola for John Wills Boston Haiku News, March 2014 Winner: None Other Guesses: Sandra Simpson (Buson) Ellen Compton (Kaji Aso) May 15, 2014 near a white stone a bonsai garden in their memory Howard Lee Kilby for Bill Lerz and his wife, Dottie. Previously unpublished Winner: None Other Guesses: Sandra Simpson (Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi) May 16, 2014 swallowtail . . . weeds in bloom about St. Francis Robert Gilliland for Kenneth C. Leibman Frogpond XXVI.1 (2003) Winner: None Other Guesses: Carmen Sterba (Sister Mary Thomas Eulberg) H. Gene Murtha (Robert Spiess) May 17, 2014 sundown . . . the mason jars empty again Christopher Herold for Jerry Kilbride The Heron's Nest VII.4 (2005) Winner: None Other Guesses: Ellen Compton (Francine Porad) H. Gene Murtha (Francine Porad) May 18, 2014 for her this spring the greengoing woods still greening Michael Dylan Welch for anne mckay Nisqually Delta Review (2006) Winner: None Other Guesses: Ellen Compton (Francine Porad) May 19, 2014 at the pearly gates st. peter says with a wink: "not quite" Brenda Gannam for Robert Spiess Previously unpublished Winner: Carolyn Hall Other Guesses: Ellen Compton (Robert Spiess) May 20, 2014 on the last page of her last book the setting sun Brenda Gannam for L. A. (Agnes) Davidson The Temple Bell Stops: Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change (Modern English Tanka Press, 2012) Winner: None Other Guesses: May 21, 2014 dragonfly where have you flown off to first frost Johnny Baranski for Lorraine Harr (Tombo) Frogpond 36:2 (2013) Winner: Michael Dylan Welch Other Guesses: Alan Summers (Harr) May 22, 2014 gone from the woods the bird I knew by song alone Paul O. Williams for Nick Virgilio Frogpond 12:2 (1989) Winner: Paul MacNeil Other Guesses: H. Gene Murtha (Virgilio) Sandip Chauhan (Virgilio) May 23, 2014 Ripples spreading out . . . now only moonlight remains on the turtle stone Robert Gilliland for O. Mabson Southard Previously unpublished Winner: None Other Guesses: Carolyn Hall (Peggy Willis Lyles) Alan Summers (Lyles, Robert Spiess) Ellen Compton (Lyles) May 24, 2014 how brittle the spine of the blue feather found in his book Penny Harter for William J. Higginson In the Clear Dawn Sky: Haiku Canada Members' Anthology, 1999 Winner: Carmen Sterba Other Guesses: May 25, 2014 feathers in the fire . . . a cardinal’s song between thunderclaps Ferris Gilli for Kylan Jones-Huffman The Heron’s Nest V.9 (2003) Winner: None Other Guesses: May 26, 2014 remembering her face in the face of the swan Terry Ann Carter for Ruby Spriggs Silences (Montreal, editionsming, 2002) Winner: None Other Guesses: Cherie Hunter Day (Marianne Bluger) May 27, 2014 funeral service behind the high church windows a mast passes by Max Verhart for Wim Lofvers only the white (Den Bosch, Netherlands: 't schrijverke, 2008) Winner: Carmen Sterba Other Guesses: H. Gene Murtha (H. F. Noyes) May 28, 2014 snowmelt waters a blush of spring flowers Raffael de Gruttola for Francine Porad Point Judith Light 2.2 (1993) Winner: None Other Guesses: H. Gene Murtha (Kaji Aso) May 29, 2014 obituary I never knew you loved dahlias Marian Olson for Robert Major The Temple Bell Stops (Baltimore, Maryland: Modern English Tanka Press, 2012) Winner: Alice Frampton Other Guesses: Ellen Compton (Elizabeth Searle Lamb) May 30, 2014 news of her death — winter moon descending beyond the trees Paul David Mena for Elizabeth Searle Lamb The Heron's Nest VII.1 (2005) Winner: None Other Guesses: Alice Frampton (Francine Porad) May 31, 2014 finally united with your snow leopard flutter of prayer flags Margaret Chula for Edith Shiffert Written for the memorial reading at the Haiku North America conference, Long Beach, California. in 2013. Winner: None Other Guesses: Patrick Sweeney (Peter Matthiessen) Lorin Ford (Matthiessen) H. Gene Murtha (Cid Corman)