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autumn light

just this much

to go on


            Francine Banwarth

            Dubuque, Iowa








mountain clearing

   a hawk carves

      all the rest


            Scott Mason

            Chappaqua, New York








farmer’s scythe

a harvesting song

in each sweep



            La Pine, Oregon





endless rain

in my mother’s kitchen

the snap, snapping of beans


            T.A. Carter

            Ottawa, Ontario



a heat wave

the butterfly

fans its shadow


            Natalia L. Rudychev

            Des Plaines, Illinois



autumn foliage past its peak—

the pathway home

in sepia


                        Scott Mason

      Chappaqua, New York




meadow pond

our blades slice figures

on the moon


            Catherine J.S. Lee

            Eastport, Maine





retirement home—

each time the heron comes

another goldfish gone


    elehna de sousa

            Salt Spring Island, British Columbia



foreign airport—

a baby’s cry

takes me farther from home


                                Michael Dylan Welch

Sammamish, Washington



      they all hush

  when she walks past

–sparrows in the hedge


        Liz Fenn

        Wellsville, New York



cattails in moonlight--

no such

urges at my age


      Bill Pauly

Dubuque, Iowa




      Angela Leuck



Each of the three prize-winning haiku immediately struck me as classics. In the case of the first, the poem seems almost effortless, completely pared down and lacking in embellishment or artifice. The poet began with the phrase “autumn light,” followed by the simple commentary “just this much to go on.” This was a poem I felt “in my bones.”


The second place poem possesses a sense of timelessness, and its greatness hinges on the poet’s choice of the verb “carves,” which gives us as well the pleasantly repeated “c” sound.


The third place poem also has an ageless quality. I could almost imagine it being written in the time of Basho.


Of the poems selected for Honourable Mention, the first four give us clear images of season and in each case heighten our awareness through the skillful use of sound, sight and touch. We can hear the “snap, snapping of beans” and the scrape of skates on ice; we can see the sepia of late autumn foliage and the bright colours of the butterfly; and we can feel on our skin the blistering heat of a summer day and the exhilarating cold of a winter night.


The last four haiku are closer to senryu and evoke an emotional response. They give us a moment to reflect on the passage of human time, our connections to home and family and those occasions of joy and sensuality that come and eventually pass us by.


It was a pleasure judging this year’s Betty Drevniok contest, and I congratulate all the winners. There were of course many other poems that I would like to have selected but was unable to because of the necessity to choose. To their authors, too, I offer a tip of my hat.


Angela Leuck is vice president of Haiku Canada and the author of Flower Heart (Blue Ginkgo Press, 2006).











Held annually, the Betty Drevniok Award was established by Haiku Canada in 1998 in memory of Betty Drevniok, Past President of the society. First Prize, $100; second prize, $50; Third Prize, $25 for haiku. Haiku must be unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere. A flat fee of $5 CDN (in Canada) or $5 US (from entries outside Canada). Send up to 3 haiku. Submit two copies of each haiku, each copy typed or neatly printed on a 3x5 card. One card in each set must include the author’s name, address and phone number in the upper corner, while the other card must contain no identifying marks for anonymous judging.


Postmark Deadline: February 14th. If you are not a member of Haiku Canada and wish a copy of the broadsheet with the list of winners (announced in May), include a SASE (business size, Cdn stamps) or a SAE for $1 for postage and handling. No entries returned, no further correspondence. Fee payable to Haiku Canada. Send entries to,


The Betty Drevniok Award

c/o Ann Goldring

PO Box 97, 5 Cooks Drive

Leaskdale, Ontario, Canada L0C 1C0


Contest Coordinator, broadsheet: Ann Goldring Sumi-e Paintings: Kathleen Baldry




































Angela Leuck, Judge



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