2014 Moon Viewing Haiku Contest

The following are the winners from the 2014 Moon Viewing Haiku Contest held at the Seattle Japanese Garden on 6 September 2014 for its annual Moon Viewing Festival. These results were also posted to the Seattle Japanese Garden Community Blog.

      Judged by Tanya McDonald, Michelle Schaefer, and Michael Dylan Welch


First Place

67 years of watching
the moon move past my window
but loneliness remains

        Rodney Smith


Second Place

black branches
and a young bat—
the moon’s warm-up act

        Ellen Sieh


Third Place

all ready for you:
people, music, koi, & birds—
hurry up, moon!

        Aleksandra Monk


Honourable Mentions
(in no particular order)


yes, it rains tonight,
and dark clouds cover the sky
yes, the moon is there

        Steve Lorton


floating on the pressure
of night, the moon escapes
the trees’ folded arms

        Jeff Collun


15th day

the pond’s koi
eating the moon

        Mikiko Amagai


forest shadows
fill the ancient pond
deeper
darker
still . . .
no(h) moon

        John Tillotsom


we anticipate the moon’s shimmer
candle light brightens
the festive moon appears

        Lisa A. Miller


new moon
goldfish reflecting
on the pond

        Glenn Sassaman


latern fire
breathing on golden dragon leaves
moolit koi ripple a sudden greeting

        Hamai


flute wafting over water
     time and space
moon floats through cedar

        Jill Goodnight

moon above
pond below . . .
night oddly normal

        Aleksandra Monk


beautiful beggars
the koi seeking kibble miss
the moon’s reflection

        Halim Dusky