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HaikuNow! 2013: Anon


Anon was a winner in the 2013 HaikuNow! International Haiku Contest. See all the results in the HaikuNow! Archives.

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  1. Anon’s haiku paints a picture that I see with seagulls, by Lake Michigan. I like the use of the numbers in the first line. The poem feels contemporary, within the traditional form. I also enjoyed Peter Duppenthaler’s comments in the contest Archives.

    I don’t seem to know when the robins leave, but they always return on March 21 or within a day or two. Also the red-wings. What a glorious time when we hear their songs. The seagulls find the pilings, immediately after the neighborhood boat dock is put back in the spring. Meanwhile, this long stretch of cold and there will be times in the summer when I miss the solitude.

    This would be a wonderful poem for a bulletin board too, in a school or nursing home. Where my mother was, for special care a few times, there were bird feeders outside many windows, and a large glass bird cage, floor to ceiling, with many colorful birds. I’d take her there in her wheelchair and we sat and watched, as many people did. The present tense is everything, yet the long-term memories were often more vivid.

    Thank you, Ellen

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