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The Shiki Monthly Kukai

January 2009 Special "Toku" Kukai

Dear Haiku Friends,

The Shiki Special Kukai, the Toku, in memory of William J. Higginson was the seventh to be held and sponsored by the Ehime Culture Foundation and Hiromi Inoue and Kim Komurasaki of the Shiki Team at Matsuyama from the Shiki Haikusphere site.

Gary Warner, owner of Haikuworld.org; Robert Bauer, and Jennie Townsend of Haikuworld's Shiki Monthly Kukai acted as secretaries for the 794 entries from 292 poets.

This was a first for the Haikuworld kukai team. We had no idea just how many entries or poets we'd hear from but it turned out to be a wonderful adventure as they poured in and often with a memory to share. As usual, Bill brought out the best in us…

On February 15, 2009, the Shiki Team at Matsuyama presented the grand prize to Dorota Pyra, a preschool teacher from Gdansk, Poland, the poet who took first place in the special kukai held in memory of William J. Higginson.



January 2009 Results
Kigo Theme:
Color
A Special "Toku" in Honor of William Higginson
First Place -- 67 Points

whiteness
the water falls
into its sound

Dorota Pyra
67 Points


Second Place -- 51 Points

valentine's day -
a glimpse of the shop girl's
red bra strap

Paul Hodder
51 Points


Third Place -- 47 Points

green coin
in the fountain
a forgotten wish

Susan Sanchez-Barnett
47 Points


Fourth Place -- 46 Points

For a moment
a monk carries the orange moon
on his back.

Alexis Rotella
46 Points


Fifth Place -- 41 Points

out of the blue
into the blue
a whale's breath

Josh Wikoff
41 Points

after confession white petals on the path

Scott Mason
41 Points


Sixth Place -- 40 Points

winter river
a heron takes the whiteness
into the dark

Matt Morden
40 Points


Seventh Place -- 33 Points

sleet storm
her needles clicking out
a red mitten

Catherine J.S. Lee
33 Points

children's ward window
the blue sky clouded
with nose prints

Melissa Spurr
33 Points


Eighth Place -- 30 Points

red tailed hawk
its autumn shadow
touches mine

Billie Dee
30 Points

her crayons…
the red one smaller
than the others

K. Ramesh
30 Points


Ninth Place -- 29 Points

snowmelt
the curled red fingers
of a lost glove

Carole MacRury
29 Points


Tenth Place -- 27 Points

kyuu yuu to
momoiro tsubaki
takara na ri

charlie smith
27 Points


Eleventh Place -- 26 Points

silver moon
sometimes I'm happy
for no reason

Melissa Spurr
26 Points

donating
my son's cello-
red leaves in the wind

Cherie Hunter Day
26 Points

nothing
but a memory
white lily

James M. Thompson
26 Points


Twelfth Place -- 25 Points

between the sky
and the open-mouthed boy,
a red balloon

Ito
25 Points

orange peel
in a single curl
the new year

Deb Koen
25 Points


Thirteenth Place -- 24 Points

first light--
a duck flaps out
of all the gold

H. Gene Murtha
24 Points

white graveyard-
Mr and Mrs Snowman
melt into each other

Winona Baker
24 Points

road to the beach
wave after wave of blue
hydrangeas

Elaine Riddell
24 Points


Fourteenth Place -- 23 Points

the White Empire-
chrysanthemum garden
under the snowfall

Vasile Moldavan
23 Points

pitch black
I stub my toe
on the planet

Deb Koen
23 Points

stitching a line
across the setting sun
. . . black loons

Carole MacRury
23 Points

after fireworks
we find it again
the yellow star

Lorin Ford
23 Points

border fence
a white-winged dove
between rusty barbs

Melissa Spurr
23 Points

midwinter night -
my white breath drifts
into the Milky Way

Paul Hodder
23 Points


Fifteenth Place -- 22 Points

a cicada
in amber . . .
yellow silence

Li Ree
22 Points

in the center
of the buttercup--
more yellow

Terri L. French
22 Points

the thin whiteness
of a coyote's call
. . . deep winter

Carole MacRury
22 Points


Sixteenth Place -- 21 Points

morning fog
the brief white lines
of breaking waves

Christopher Herold
21 Points


Seventeenth Place -- 20 Points

a broom sweeps up
its yellow straws
evening sunlight

Earl Keener
20 Points

shadows . . .
an orange koi
swims the curves

Don Baird
20 Points

deep red
the first cry of
the newborn

Elena Naskova
20 Points

autumn river
his red notebook
left in the canoe

Francine Barnwarth
20 Points


Eighteenth Place -- 19 Points

heat shimmer
the fragrance
of purple sage

Tom Painting
19 Points

last potato to peel
a pale shade of indigo
below one eye

Harvey Jenkins
19 Points


Nineteenth Place -- 18 Points

train journey. . .
mother's white hair
on the page

K. Ramesh
18 Points

on the spring lawn---
small blue flowers
I didn't plant

John Soules
18 Points

yellow moon
the onion
full of tears

Francine Barnwarth
18 Points

first snow…
pouring deep-red
into the inkstone

Pamela A. Babusci
18 Points

laundromat--
her red socks dancing
in the suds

Ruth Powell
18 Points


Twentieth Place -- 17 Points

black and white-
memories of the seasons
before we met

Kv. Páll Ingi Kvaran
17 Points

wolf willow
the white breath
of a doe

Linda Pilarski
17 Points

a soldier
coming home -
the green fields below

Li Ree
17 Points

a day by the window
black branches
bud with rain

Natalia L. Rudychev
17 Points


Twenty-First Place -- 16 Points

empty summer day-
at 4 P.M.
I break the green beans

Janelle Barrera
16 Points

abandoned hut
a red carp streamer
bleached in the sun

Carmel Lively Westerman
16 Points

packing up
a big black dog
licks my hand

Roberta Beary
16 Points

spring sunlight
an emerald sheen
on the starling's head

Andre Surridge
16 Points


Twenty-Second Place -- 15 Points

moon-viewing concert
the girl in a yellow kimono
takes a bow

Hilary Tann
15 Points

the fortress moat
a girl in pink
skates backwards

Marlène Buitelaar
15 Points

junked cars -
the old gray cat rubs his chin
along a bumper

Sharon Hammer Baker
15 Points

winter storm-
the yellow crayon
worn down to a stub

Devika
15 Points


Twenty-Third Place -- 14 Points

rising tide . . .
the white backs
of birds at sea

Patrick M. Pilarski
14 Points

will the hibiscus
on the other side of town
bloom the same wild red

Elsa Colligan
14 Points

golden green
the light livens
our tea

Merrill Ann Gonzales
14 Points

silver threads
of rain. . . Stitching
sky to grass

Rose Marie Stutts, EdD
14 Points

spring equinox
a frisbee
out of the blue

Scott Mason
14 Points

yellow moon-
add cheese
to shopping list

John Irvine
14 Points

white lies
the changing shape
of icicles

Jennifer Corpe
14 Points


Twenty-Fourth Place -- 13 Points

blackened prairie. . .
a blind man describes
the color of rain

H. Gene Murtha
13 Points

a bridesmaid again
her blue eyes
green

Carmel Lively Westerman
13 Points

no longer green
all the weeds pulled up
by their throats

Christopher Herold
13 Points

winter light
a child's white breath lingers
on the playground

Martin Gottleib Cohen
13 Points

lady bug
on a bare white wall
moving day

jim kacian
13 Points

blue sky
one lone cloud
hides my shadow

Jeff Hoagland
13 Points


Twenty-Fifth Place -- 12 Points

mid day heat --
the little red balls
on the sombrero's trim

Terry Ann Carter
12 Points

a blue moth
from the chicory flowers…
morning star

Lorin Ford
12 Points

lunar eclipse
the white of my thumb
in the viewfinder

Paul Cordeiro
12 Points

alfalfa bales
shelter us from the wind--
white faced cows

DeVar Dahl
12 Points

moon-lit lake-
silver droplets dripping
off her silhouette

Curtis Dunlap
12 Points

autumn pond
amidst the red and yellow leaves
an old face

Richard Burri
12 Points

surfing
beyond the breakers
a black orca fin

Trish Fong
12 Points


Twenty-Sixth Place -- 11 Points

for his ashes…
blue moonlight
on the river

Pamela A. Babusci
11 Points

our baby's first kick . . .
mist rises from the river
in the pink dawn

Catherine J.S. Lee
11 Points

next to your grave
a black rectangle of dirt
a new neighbor

S.E. Carlisle
11 Points

to a blind friend
I describe the purple asters
as less

Janelle Barrera
11 Points

deep white drifts --
this snow that fell
while I slept

Helen Baker
11 Points

sunrise
the red maple
ablaze

Gael Bage
11 Points

how red!
our cheeks are
at meeting

Merrill Ann Gonzales
11 Points

lush green lawn
together an old couple
push their mower

Winona Baker
11 Points

purple ink:
Bill's signature poem occupies
a folding fan's rib

Dennis M. Holmes
11 Points

summer night
an ambulance
pulses red

Bill Kenney
11 Points


Twenty-Seventh Place -- 10 Points

freshly plowed field--
purple wildflowers
outside the fence

Adelaide B. Shaw
10 Points

snowy Sunday
a pink cupola
inside a limpet shell

paul m.
10 Points

high surf
white foam darkens
the sand

Jane Reichold
10 Points

she offers me
a cup of green tea -
relax she whispers

Mike Montreuil
10 Points

school girls
released into summer-
green apples

Beth Powell
10 Points

red dragonfly
the gait of the drunk
following behind

Ed Markowski
10 Points

blue sky-
another year the old house
without paint

Tom Clausen
10 Points

sleepless…
bulbs burst into
white peonies

ito
10 Points

he has blue blood too…
that red blooded butterfly
crazy on the flight

Adina ENACHESCU
10 Points

Strawberries -
the blind child is tasting
the red color

Eduard Tara
10 Points

peach glow…
the embers
of a year

George Hawkins
10 Points

bare trees
I sip green tea
from her favorite cup

Peggy Willis Lyles
10 Points

red dress
winter wind animates
an abandoned doll

Lech Szeglowski
10 Points

one brown leg
swinging out of the hammock
an old love song

Sandra Simpson
10 Points

in front
of Kandinsky
I can hear red

Li Ree
10 Points

october rain
a puddle of yellow
under the maple

Ed Schwellenbach
10 Points

pitch black night
they wonder where
the next bomb will drop

Victor P. Gendrano
10 Points


Twenty-Eight Place -- 9 Points

no farmer to point
with a white turnip -- but
bill higginson

miriam chaikin
9 Points

blue sail
reflecting across the water
blue sail

Andrew Shimield
9 Points

New Year's morning -
white footprints to to the church
in the virgin snow.

Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic
9 Points

grave green leaves -
trying to be here
a little longer

Lech Szeglowski
9 Points

at night
the floating whiteness
of Nippon Daisies

Karen Klein
9 Points

blue moon ::
the xray
of a tumor

Timothy Russell
9 Points

a red rose
in the snow
december bride

Terry O'Connor
9 Points

a primrose field
the wind plucks off one yellow…
butterfly

Tomislav Mareti?
9 Points

power blackout -
lightning switches on
white irises

Lorin Ford
9 Points

orange sunrise
over a frosted world
a robin sings

Jo Pacsoo
9 Points

frog song stops
the fall of yellow leaves
from his book

Brenda Roberts
9 Points

full moon
spilt all over
red wine

Natalia L. Rudychev
9 Points


Twenty-Ninth Place -- 8 Points

olympian -
she tests the gold medal
between her teeth

Andre Surridge
8 Points

mixing red and yellow paint
my son discovers
fire

David Grayson
8 Points

we whisper
in the room with white coffins -
a light snow falling

Terry Ann Carter
8 Points

just as the frost
blooms on my window
cyclamen lipstick red

Ie Suzume Shi
8 Points

Blue skyline --
a red ball falls in the sea
the moon rises

Magdalena Dale
8 Points

red hibiscus . . .
what comes
from the heart

Francine Barnwarth
8 Points

the buds purple,
a couple of snow flakes
taking their time

John Shiffer
8 Points

peonies
their petals color
the wind white

Ellen Compton
8 Points

In no time
the white flower loses
all the petals

Magdalena Dale
8 Points

new coolness
a touch of yellow
in the aspen

Tom Painting
8 Points

the orange glow
of a tossed cigarette
Hallowe'en

jim kacian
8 Points

pink dawn
slowly the grass turns
green again

Max Verhart
8 Points

blue ridges
becoming darkness
the tail of a deer

John Barlow
8 Points

forgetting myself
I speak out of turn-
the purple orchid

Christopher Herold
8 Points

yellow straw
the feathery scent
of hatching eggs

Ferris Gilli
8 Points


Thirtieth Place -- 7 Points

Grandma's house-
even the red geranium has aged
beyond recognition

Constantin Stroe
7 Points

condolence letter--
snowlight
on a sheet of white paper

Kristen Deming
7 Points

nor'easter -
high on the bluff
I make a red fist

George Dorsty
7 Points

red moon
a glowworm crawls
along my finger

Garry Gay
7 Points

black sky
another star
on the heavens

Brenda Roberts
7 Points

on your book
red camellia
falls from vase

charlie smith
7 Points

sakura eve
blue eyes search the trees
for Issa's ghost

John Stone
7 Points

cushioned
in the robin's nest
three blue eggs

Betty Kaplan
7 Points

brown leaf
more thin and dry than last year
so too your skin

Peg Duthie
7 Points

red-haired girl out outglowing fireflies

Roberta Beary
7 Points

alley walk . . .
yellow sunflowers
lining the slums

Patrick M. Pilarski
7 Points

the red hills--
sunlight becoming
pinot noir

Ellen Compton
7 Points

morning heat
a swallowtail drifts
into the blue

Ann K. Schwader
7 Points

stained glass window
in the old church…green grapes
still ripening

Tom Genovese
7 Points

the white glow
of a red giant
autumn wind

Althea Rowe Watson
7 Points

a white bone
picked clean by the crow
fresh snow

Andrea Gradidge
7 Points

red maple
after the last bird
leaves

hortensia anderson
7 Points

cold snap --
shock of white
in my hairbrush

Shelley Krause
7 Points

a foal's first steps
deep in red clover
morning sun

Ferris Gilli
7 Points

war news-
rubble the same gray
in any country

Cherie Hunter Day
7 Points

evening rain
the pink glow
of crabapple blossoms

Irene Golas
7 Points

white sun
a snail in the bloom
of a daffodil

ito
7 Points


Thirty-First Place -- 6 Points

four white ducks
single file
in winter rain

Jerry Gill
6 Points

pushing up
from under the snow
a white snowdrop

Betty Kaplan
6 Points

A temple bell rings -
flurry of pink cherry petals
fade away, too.

Daniela Bullas
6 Points

nearing dusk -
white goose feathers drift
across road dust

Nadaskic Diordievic Jasminka
6 Points

Snap
of a red pepper:
winter moon on Shiki's shoulder -

Kurt R. Westley
6 Points

red leaves
I hold the ladder
while he climbs

Peggy Willis Lyles
6 Points

a black butterfly
hovers over the stage . . .
Taiko drumming

Joseph Kirschner
6 Points

falling star
a voice fades into
the blackness before me

Ed Markowski
6 Points

Silent snowflakes swirl
in the purple twilight sky,
warm candlelit room.

Kimberlee Medicine Horn Jackson
6 Points

sounds of the new year-
orange, green, gold
fireworks

Gillena Cox
6 Points

winter night--
on an old wooden altar melts
a yellow candle

"tori inu"
6 Points

gypsies dancing
in my yard--
orange day lilies

jill lange
6 Points

so much left to say…
black grapes burst
on the way home

carol pearce-worthington
6 Points

a brown leaf
frozen on my windshield
hospice parking lot

Karen Klein
6 Points

I repeat
just for its melody-
ultramarine

RaV
6 Points

headstone -
her bouqet reflected
on black marble

Hilary Tann
6 Points

the room dark,
then suddenly
a cat's yellow eyes

Paul O. Williams
6 Points

in black and white
the soldiers anguish
deepens

Bill Hudson
6 Points

Pink peonies -
missing not a petal,
the tiny ants.

Zhanna P. Rader
6 Points

kotoku in the lagoon:
its black legs longer
than my camera lens

John Irvine
6 Points

red oak--
white with snow
black with crows

Grzegorz Sionkowski
6 Points

A skylark -
how deep can be
the blue

Eduard Tara
6 Points

white clouds come and go--
yet what color
is the wind?

Bruce Kennedy
6 Points

after the fire--
a spool of green fern
unfurls in the sun

Renee Owen
6 Points

Foreclosure sale--
a few white tulips
along the fence

Heather Jagman
6 Points


Poems Receiving less than 6 Points

red faced
she pushed her cart
market time

terrytip
5 Points

singularity
phenomenon unmatched
black hole

Tom Connally
5 Points

dog-eared book
red camellia
rests on top

charlie smith
5 Points

the sun dissolves
into a golden sea
with the day

Ignatius Fay
5 Points

2008
ends in a blizzard
of white

Merrill Ann Gonzales
5 Points

the other gulls
gather around this one gull
red droplets on white

Pris Campbell
5 Points

Vermillion sunset
black wings curve low to descend,
ripples on the water.

Kimberlee Medicine Horn Jackson
5 Points

Peaceful red koi glide
in temple white reflection,
watched by summer sun.

Mrs. Jean Lewis
5 Points

apricot sky
long shadows
on the snow

Linda Pilarski
5 Points

whitecaps and seagulls
fading into morning mist
grey skies above

natalia kuznetsova
5 Points

inside my black diary:
all my days
and dreams

helge t.
5 Points

buffalo plains
an artist's
white canvas

H. Gene Murtha
5 Points

wooden crosses
brown leaves mounded
into graves

Helen Baker
5 Points

another argument
the rose petal's
burgundy edge

Paul Hodder
5 Points

cancer ward-
he colours all the butterflies
with red

Rita Odeh
5 Points

first kiss-
her cheeks
become red

Katarzyna Predota
5 Points

Curled tightly alone
Thrown wrenching upward, skin red
Dripping awake, birth

Saxony Olivia McArthur
5 Points

cherry blossoms
surrounded by pink
the bride wears white

Elaine Riddell
5 Points

homecoming-
he wipes fleck of red lipstick
from the neck

Katarzyna Predota
5 Points

overcast sky
red geraniums
even redder

Marylouise Knight
5 Points

Winter moonlight -
her long hair turns silver
for the first time

Eduard Tara
5 Points

blue
flashes past like a thrill
a kingfisher

Tarumi Hideo
5 Points

a black scratch
over snowy fields -
the telegraph

Sara Winteridge
5 Points

sunrise ~
threads of gold paint
in the water jar

Trish Fong
5 Points

midwinter grey
dusk coming home
on the early bus

Frances McCarthy
5 Points

the broken crystals
white, soft glitters in the night -
my frozen tears

Posnaies Oana Aurora
5 Points

morning moon
white cream rising
in the white milk

Michele Root-Bernstein
5 Points

summer fair--
a child's pink face
in cotton candy

Rita Gray
5 Points

white flowers cradled
in her small stained hands -
bloodroot

Don Holt
5 Points

blue bottle
on the windowsill
spring tonic

Ruth Powell
5 Points

rain dripping
from the red-and-white awning . . .
I catch your yawn

Michael Dylan Welch
5 Points

scarlet fingers bloody wrists
when will we have enough
Blackberries

Joanne Baldwin
5 Points

a rusty lure
ripples the still water
a yellow bill

Fr. RP
5 Points

Sunday afternoon
simmering red sauce fills house
garlic bread toasting

Hazel A. Witherspoon
5 Points

The river flows
Moonlight across stones
Into blackness…

James Sawer
5 Points

Valentine's Day
a red starfish
in the tidal pool

Earl Keener
5 Points

the night thick
with the day's heat-
amber moon

Curtis Dunlap
5 Points

maroon calla lilies
holding moonlight--
I release a prayer

Pamela A. Babusci
5 Points

the mangrove creek
brimming with blue sky-
leap of a fish

John Barlow
5 Points

the blue hour--
inhaling a sweet smell
of bruised peach

Michele Root-Bernstein
5 Points

flower moon
she slowly stirs lavender
bath salts

Bette Norcross Wappner
5 Points

blinding snow--
the white light
inside a passing bus

Michael Dylan Welch
5 Points

bombing respite
she frees her red-stained doll
from the rubble

Victor P. Gendrano
5 Points

blue iris
erratic dragonfly flight
stone Buddha laughing

Carol Borges
5 Points

African drum
her red high heels rolling
downhill

Elena Naskova
5 Points

cold dawn light
a black cap chick asleep
on the feeder perch

Garry Eaton
5 Points

red geraniums
within the cells' white-
vesper bell

Serban Denk
5 Points

a paper white
unfolds
eclipse of the moon

Natalia L. Rudychev
5 Points

over mudflats
the winter light pinpoints
a boat's blue hull

Matthew Paul
5 Points

white gauze mesh
shrouds the young lettuce
rising moon

Ferris Gilli
5 Points

blackbird off
into the spiral
of his song

Jon Baldwin
5 Points

the wind has entered
in the void temple--
red petals fall

Isabel Pose
5 Points

breaking trail-
some little red berries
have stained the snow

Tom Clausen
5 Points

Even in winter
the deep red
of a pomegranate seed.

Ellen Romano
5 Points

the blue of the sky…
and a white butterfly
crazy on the flight

Adina ENACHESCU
4 Points

spots of blood
on the grass still green-
red leaves

Constantin Stroe
4 Points

graffiti -
a palette of blues
mixed on cement

Don Baird
4 Points

new years morning
waking up from a dream
of white butterflies

Jerry Gill
4 Points

my garden teaches me
the meaning of
cerise, vermillion …

Andrew Shimield
4 Points

Green apples
on the orchard floor.
Deer feeding.

Trevor Camp
4 Points

childhood landscape
in the colorful patchwork
patch by patch

Dorota Pyra
4 Points

white tissues
becoming a grey mound
myeloma

Mr. Kim Chamberlain
4 Points

january rain
discarded Christmas tree
still green

Terri L. French
4 Points

goldfish prints
on her Kimono sleeves
dissolves into the circle dance

Motoko Satoh
4 Points

a red winter cap
on a latchkey kid
playing with his own shadow

hajimu hirakita
4 Points

Thought it was a frog
until it did not jump up…
A wrinkled green leaf.

Lex Joy
4 Points

white water lilies by Monet, or in the pond, alive…

Elsa Colligan
4 Points

ruby sun
on the twilight sky
a spring breeze

Narayanan Raghunathan
4 Points

spring breeze
in a grand finale
falling pink sakuras

john tiong chunghoo
4 Points

frozen pond
blackbirds turning leaves
the child inside her

Gryta Wansdronk
4 Points

grandpa's farm -
only a leaning shed
and yellow lilies

Catherine J.S. Lee
4 Points

autumn sunset -
pink, red, violet clouds
staining the blue sky

Virginia Popescu
4 Points

Rainbows color
Red to violet
dance from clouds

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black
4 Points

drove of black umbrellas -
still standing
by your name

Lech Szeglowski
4 Points

Sunday morning -
her red eyes reveal
the night before

Mike Montreuil
4 Points

silver fish jump--
in the shallows
a dancing heron

Maureen Irvine
4 Points

All day rain
the ruin, the rust
of autumn.

Alexis Rotella
4 Points

bright morning--
the meadow turns yellow
with dandelions

Grzegorz Sionkowski
4 Points

asking where to go
my blue eyes passing hers
out to sea

Werner Reichhold
4 Points

slowed-down air --
thick green silence drifts
in from the plains

Marylouise Knight
4 Points

among stars
the sun of haiku reveals
white echoes

Jane Reichold
4 Points

From the night
the light of some
white flower.

Ljubomir Radovancevic
4 Points

frozen pond
by degrees gives up
the scarlet koi

Sara Winteridge
4 Points

Next to each other
a review of white crosses.
Army cemetery.

Ljubomir Radovancevic
4 Points

World in grey
waiting
for the days to come

Ashi
4 Points

night sky--
I look up to the whites
of my father's eyes

Tim Singleton
4 Points

wrapped in tattered gray blanket
feeding squirrels in the park
he laughs

Ginny Leidig
4 Points

under the wings
of a Peacock butterfly
grey shadow

Origa
4 Points

strong gusty winds
strip yellowed leaves from branches
a straggler clings

Ginny Leidig
4 Points

desert autumn
a pumpkin
in heavy orange crayon

Dana Duclo
4 Points

magnolia push
within the frosted green leaf
a new haiku grows

Mike Keville
4 Points

the day plunges into indigo crickets trill

Rob Scott
4 Points

summer dusk;
the orange of the newborn
robin's mouth.

manoj saranathan
4 Points

cracked earth
a brick wall reddens
the raindrop

Kala Ramesh
4 Points

first blossom
the green ribbon
round grandma's hat

paul conneally
4 Points

a moment's pause…
the pink blue green
of her soap bubble

John Shiffer
4 Points

Sleeping late,
the sky and my gray cat
are the same color.

Ellen Romano
4 Points

another gray day,
my new red pen
writes brightly

Charles Rossiter
4 Points

siesta
the yellow palo verde
hums with bees

Earl Keener
4 Points

mowing
the grass
greener

jim kacian
4 Points

red light
a few petals blow in
and out

Jan O'Loughlin
4 Points

bristling pine -
fox tracks
in the red snow

George Dorsty
4 Points

she secures
her day with blue ink
autumn winds

Mary Davila
4 Points

a red paper clip
appears on my desk -
noon-time nap

Mike Montreuil
4 Points

first flurries
I white-out
my name

Marily Appl Walker
4 Points

strong wind
pieces of blue sky
on the driveway

Origa
4 Points

summer sunset
we decide to paint
the town red

Michele Root-Bernstein
4 Points

first snow -
my old dog's eyes
speckled with white

Maddalena Elisa Rossi
4 Points

Cerulean skies
Dotted with white cotton-wool -
A Maltese springtime.

Tanja Cilia
3 Points

gray beards wiggle
in old renga style
I count syllables

Brenda Roberts
3 Points

the land darkens,
clouds still full of pink light--
today's last birds

Paul O. Williams
3 Points

white roses
finally fade
winter chill

terrytip
3 Points

birthday stroll…
a bright red berry
in the raven's beak

Scott Mason
3 Points

autumn art . . .
a stirring of red
in the gust

Don Baird
3 Points

Red cherry
pits on the stone wall--
young thieves

David McMurray
3 Points

first winter moon
stray black cat
meowing…meowing

Jerry Gill
3 Points

first morning--
all along the shoreline
all the white caps bow

Tish Davis
3 Points

around, back and forth
the hummingbird investigates
an unknown redness

Bill Hudson
3 Points

Red with shame
the sky at sunrise
her new kiss

R K Singh
3 Points

At the last flat
of a grey skyscraper
red geranium

Vasile Moldavan
3 Points

the pink speckles
in foxglove corollas…
midsummer snooze

Matthew Paul
3 Points

bleached snow
an eternity
of white

Patrick M. Pilarski
3 Points

pink rose mallows
the tiny baby
snores…

Janelle Barrera
3 Points

pink rosebuds
on her casket
"for grandma"

Terry Ann Carter
3 Points

the seashore in summer
an old woman playing
with some blue marbles

hajimu hirakita
3 Points

early morning light
a time too soon for colour
when all cats are grey

Deirdre Godwin
3 Points

as my Granma did
I crap to the sunrise
from the yellow rice fields

Minako Noma
3 Points

cherry tomatoes
teardrops of
a lonely old fool

Mary Meriam
3 Points

withered birch
hidden amidst green pine
mistaken for ghosts

maikindazen
3 Points

a butterfly
on a pink rose
meditating

Keith A. Simmonds
3 Points

summer's end…
deadheading
my mother's red roses

Elsa Colligan
3 Points

icy moon--
the stillness of winter
on White Mountain

John Daleiden
3 Points

fresh nasturtiums
in the smooth green bowl
our waiter clicks his heels

Lin Geary
3 Points

black on white
winter starlings
drink snow

ruthanne price
3 Points

misty day -
the old yellow radio
still works…

Israel Lopez Balan
3 Points

Shades of winter
cacti at my window
with red flowers

Magdalena Dale
3 Points

red winterberries
even the crow
looks content

paul m.
3 Points

red ink
stains the page
a transfusion of words

Ruth Arnison
3 Points

washing
my ex-blue jeans --
end of summer

Valeria Simonova-Cecon
3 Points

Among the beard's hair
Not a single black shadow -
The winter has come

Ioan Marinescu-Puiu
3 Points

This all white world --
signatures of birds
crisscross morning snow

Alexis Rotella
3 Points

slanted sun light
reflects gold off
the limestone wall

Jerome Cushman
3 Points

blackness
in the womb of a sweat lodge
red rocks glow

gourdman
3 Points

in the shadow
of the lighthouse
crimson entrails

Jon Baldwin
3 Points

white water
above the wave
wind

Jane Reichold
3 Points

plop!
white pebble
turning blue

Dejan Pavlinovic
3 Points

summer sunset
the color of her skin
after the long nap

Kv. Páll Ingi Kvaran
3 Points

fresh snow…
in each deep footprint
blackness

Origa
3 Points

winter gloom
two vibrant goldfinch
lift my mood

Gael Bage
3 Points

child's nose
pressed against the window --
thundering white

Cornelia Traian Atanasiu
3 Points

bridal night--
her cheeks turn red
hearing his footsteps

Quamrul Hassan
3 Points

autumn leaves
green to yellow to red---
stoplights

John Soules
3 Points

dress code lifted
the nun chooses sky blue
and sensible shoes

Beth Powell
3 Points

flirting sunbather
blinded by the lifeguard's
zinc white nose

Meredith Stern Cavalieri
3 Points

the train pulls out -
a pink "welcome-home"-balloon
left behind, too

Maddalena Elisa Rossi
3 Points

only my prints
on cold green dew
and her grave

Chandra Bales
3 Points

early sunset
the snowy field
turns red

RaV
3 Points

clear sky
the coffin's white lid
even with the snow

Fr. RP
3 Points

winter noon
a crow pecks at the black ice

Martin Gottleib Cohen
2 Points

darkened field
the ice glows red on the sycamore

Martin Gottleib Cohen
2 Points

a sunlit window bowl
the goldfish gasping
on the kitchen floor

Garry Eaton
2 Points

along the wall
bougainvilleas
all dressed in fuschia

Bill Hudson
2 Points

peace on earth
blue paper cranes all over
her children's tables

Audrey Downey
2 Points

Blood-red horizon -
among the returning ships
one is missing

Zhanna P. Rader
2 Points

Girl in the gloaming--
little by little her white paper cranes
become grey

Vasile Moldavan
2 Points

in the winter sun
now green, now blue -
the mallard's head

Tomislav Maretic
2 Points

spring puddle
my red rainboots
bigger now

Roberta Beary
2 Points

afternoon tea--
her favorite white cup
with hand-painted violets

jill lange
2 Points

spring buds,
the bright red
of her sweater

Charles Rossiter
2 Points

reconciled -
her little white heart
on my latte

Ernest J Berry
2 Points

newly bare branches
watching the indigo sky
fill with pink contrails

susan delphine delaney
2 Points

white table
in a white cup--
black coffee

Tanya Dikova
2 Points

red hibiscus
satellite images
of a hurricane

Peggy Willis Lyles
2 Points

grey winter dawn
suddenly-
a hundred sparrows!

maikindazen
2 Points

letting go
now it's just a dot--
the red balloon

Linda Marucci
2 Points

a red maple leaf
quivering on the first snow
autumn retiring

natalia kuznetsova
2 Points

full cold moon
startled by his shadow
the white hare

maikindazen
2 Points

from the wardrobe
flying towards me a blue
lavender fragrance.

Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic
2 Points

right-left-right
under the wiper blade
a wet red leaf

Mykel Board
2 Points

harvest moon:
the pumpkins
are even more orange

oino sakai
2 Points

the strength of red neon
in blustering snow
OPEN

Lin Geary
2 Points

drawing lesson-
she asks what color (is white in a dream?)
is a dream

Rita Odeh
2 Points

yellow flowers-
a meeting in the garden
face to face with the sun

Jadwiga Gala Miemus
2 Points

not enough to cover
red crabapple fruits -
first snowfall

Jyothirmai Gubili
2 Points

winter skaters
the blue glow
of a boom box

carol pearce-worthington
2 Points

cold grey morning
blizzard of emotions
love lost in winter

Todd Eddy
2 Points

rolling over
into a green dream
morning rain

Ann K. Schwader
2 Points

the tide recedes:
old red boat
sinks into the mud

Maureen Irvine
2 Points

yellow leaves --
the old tortoiseshell
glares back

Ann K. Schwader
2 Points

fresh strawberry
from the garden
a taste of red

Susan Sanchez-Barnett
2 Points

from the black dot
in the blue sky
the skylark's song

Grzegorz Sionkowski
2 Points

fading light-
a fruit vendor's son bites into
an unsold red persimmon

Angelee Deodhar
2 Points

tundra swans
gathering on the green
winter tourists

Barbara Snow
2 Points

bitter cold morning--
red silk poppies
in the chinese vase

Marylouise Knight
2 Points

grey-morning…trees sway.
birds take shelter in the boughs.
she died yesterday.

Anthony T. Nasuta, Jr.
2 Points

blue porcelain
fresh from the kiln
bright winter morning

Tarumi Hideo
2 Points

white~out -
the buzzard waits
for road kill

Sara Winteridge
2 Points

sudden gust
ripe purple plums sway
thud thud thud

Trish Fong
2 Points

small black cat
leaves large hole in my life
when gone

Oriane Stender
2 Points

Grey clouds rule
nevertheless I know
blue sky remain above

Ashi
2 Points

Slivers of rainbows
exploding into the air
from her third finger.

Bonnie Hudson
2 Points

cabbage white and I spring meadow

Christopher Patchel
2 Points

December wind
all colors go back
into the white

Ludmila Balabanova
2 Points

Black and Tan
more dead soldiers
along the road

Karen Cesar
2 Points

trickle of water
over moss, over stone
deep forest green

Rita Gray
2 Points

autumn dusk
the red mountain's hot springs
glints with gold steam

Althea Rowe Watson
2 Points

black ice--
the wiper still going
on the overturned SUV

Michael Dylan Welch
2 Points

blue flash -
the overcast sky
just glanced at me

Rob Scott
2 Points

well into winter
the eye starts to discover
different shades of white…

Cristian Mocanu
2 Points

quarrel's end
the red arc of the rainbow
so vivid

RaV
2 Points

incense ascending
through purple stained light
the color of prayer

Ed Schwellenbach
2 Points

sleeping child
one raspberry stain escaped
the sponge

Nancy Smith
2 Points

white blanket of snow
a soft wet covering
muddy footprints

Tom Connally
1 Points

A red dragonfly
rests above the front doorway,
a summer breeze blows.

Kimberlee Medicine Horn Jackson
1 Points

twilight
the leaves of the saijiki
are gold

George Hawkins
1 Points

unfolding…
blue morning glories face
my pale face

Ed Markowski
1 Points

after the war
a flock of bluebirds
glitters on the grass

Penny Harter
1 Points

green convertible
white leather seats
memories glide past

Carol Borges
1 Points

pivoting on blue
the first dance of the
red breasted robin

Tish Davis
1 Points

the flight of swallows
a puff of black smoke
from fireworks

Duncan MacLaurin
1 Points

spring rain
streaming toward the valley
yellow poppies

Adelaide B. Shaw
1 Points

rain-rounded headstones:
stubby gray erasers
against slate sky

Peg Duthie
1 Points

Am I dreaming?
A Shinkansen comes and goes
on the azure skyline.

Daniela Bullas
1 Points

ocean breeze
flutters her robe--
a flash of pink thigh

Charles Rossiter
1 Points

winter trees
burnt umber and gray
under a pale moon

jill lange
1 Points

Darwin's two hundredth
a pink iguana
ours for the saving

Helen Buckingham
1 Points

mowing the lawn
a darker green
underneath

David Grayson
1 Points

all the red leaves
still I challenge
the precipice

Hans Jongman
1 Points

long night's drive
ahead in red neon--
Open 24-hours!

Terri L. French
1 Points

gum trees
dusty leaves disguise
a brown moth

Patricia Prime
1 Points

becoming autumn-like
a white star
on the horse's forehead

hajimu hirakita
1 Points

yellow on yellow
pine siskin on witch hazel
late winter color

Deirdre Godwin
1 Points

green dewdrops
on quivering leaves
a silky sun

Keith A. Simmonds
1 Points

under
"Tavern on the Green"
green

Mykel Board
1 Points

I've outlived
the black-framed note tells me
another doctor

Mykel Board
1 Points

a warm night
chopped with the black of shutters
the full moon

Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic
1 Points

past promise of spring
store front red wagon appears
in my best friend's yard

Harvey Jenkins
1 Points

Nepalese morning
her red sari glows
against mud walls

Harvey Jenkins
1 Points

adrift in the bay:
man in a red boat
fishing

Maureen Irvine
1 Points

yellow dust -
the tractor's engine
Overheats

George Dorsty
1 Points

the scent of purple wisteria
suddenly rich
now that people are gone

Tarumi Hideo
1 Points

country lane -
the mail lady's blue
rubber glove

Karen Cesar
1 Points

full strawberry moon
shines on plump, ripe, red berries…
gatherings of june

Pat Geyer
1 Points

first snow
we watch tonight
a black-and-white film

Ludmila Balabanova
1 Points

summer morning--
a white moth
in a spider's web

Rita Gray
1 Points

missing half
of the winter moon--
a black bird's sleep talking

Emiko Miyashita
1 Points

November rain…
I gather a load
of blacks and blues

Heather Jagman
1 Points

hospice garden
white bindweeds climb
the sky

Jacek
1 Points

morning baptism
a window to her soul
sky blue

Dan Schwerin
1 Points

the red cheeks
of the one I once loved
berries dropped on snow

Paul Cordeiro
1 Points

mourning dove
bursts from the green
heart of the boxwood

Shelley Krause
1 Points


Poems Receiving No Points

white on the mountain
after last night's storm
all rained away

Paul O. Williams

Fuchsia; amaranth;
Carnation; rose; lavender;
Blooms, or shades of pink?

Tanja Cilia

Red is for passion;
Courage, blood and sacrifice…
Anger, sin, and guilt.

Tanja Cilia

a small brown bird's nest
blue and white speckled eggs
miracle of life

Tom Connally

etching red hieroglyphs
into a sunset sea
lone sailboat

Pris Campbell

Perfume lingers,
red roses wither,
like lost love long gone.

Mrs. Jean Lewis

under the rainbow
splashes of color
traffic sounds

Ignatius Fay

beyond blue
a new country
of images

George Hawkins

blue and gold
remain from the wild bird's visit
daybreak

Pris Campbell

Trees pierce blue sky
in tones of red and orange.
Autumn's dress is bold.

Mrs. Jean Lewis

leaves red and yellow
skitter in the chill gust
long-sleeved shirt

Ignatius Fay

blushed skin--
flushed to red
taking us into ravines

Ed Higgins

Shades of green
islands rise from the sea--
does diversity matter?

David McMurray

my fluttering kite
a red tailed hawk stroking up
into a huge sky

Garry Eaton

Drumming stillness
Rain dripping from leaves and eaves
Rainbow puddles

James Sawer

on an oar
a red dragonfly
mountain gazing

Darrell Lindsey

yellow sunflowers
girl on a swing
father pushing too high

Carol Borges

salty-blue sky
dawn rising
you retrieved all morning

Ed Higgins

coca-cola can
green tea cup
sweating together

Penny Harter

100-year red oak
again in my deepest dream
100-year red oak

David McMurray

Unmade
Tangled white sheets…
Abandoned bed

James Sawer

late spring
another cough
pierces the red blossoms

Darrell Lindsey

noon's yellow sun
line-dried towels
rubbing across her shoulders

Ed Higgins

morning gray sky-
wild geese settle on
the nursing-home lawn

Penny Harter

ms finished-
the poplars have lost
most of their gold leaves

Winona Baker

gray sky
snowflakes falling in the
dancing child

Elena Naskova

a poet rests
in red blossoms
mellow spring

Darrell Lindsey

the fast-moving
grey wisp of cloud
a skein of geese

Duncan MacLaurin

After the repair
pink paint grows molds on the wall--
autumn breathlessness

R K Singh

White color of me cries do not turn back to black

Wojciech Cybulski

the afternoon quiet--
before a twisted oak
rows of red tulips

Adelaide B. Shaw

new year's day
the fireplace's red-hot flame
from last year's twigs

Audrey Downey

new year morning rain-
red bracts of the poinsettia
sparkling

Gillena Cox

My white loneliness keeps me away from purple war

Wojciech Cybulski

winter river
a pair of snow white swan
bobbing along

Audrey Downey

kiskadee's beak-
a twig with green leaves
swaying

Gillena Cox

Sea waves
roll from faraway
white peaks

R K Singh

Black mother says I do not have white milk anymore

Wojciech Cybulski

autumn deepens
so many birds
in a fine red sky

John Stone

art contest
a small hand selects crimson
from the crayon box

Carmel Lively Westerman

the calico color
of the cat's coat crinkles --
Bill's last book's earmarks

Dennis M. Holmes

the seasons sing
red, yellow and green
forever changing

Betty Kaplan

clematis flower
joining on pergola
the blue dusk

Tomislav Mareti?

snowmelt -
alpines bloom
on the soft green hill

Andrew Shimield

Winston-Salem --
the silver shimmer of summer
lifts in his hokku

Dennis M. Holmes

black orchids
the spiders silken strand
in a summer breeze

John Stone

Texas sky
wind turbines
out of the blue

Tom Painting

Fragrant clover field -
reflected in his eyes,
the blue sky.

Zhanna P. Rader

highway in the mist -
a red sport car flies
out of the sky

Nadaskic Diordievic Jasminka

The blind old pilgrim:
I hear a white lark twitter
high near the sun.

Horst Ludwig

in the pond's calm
where others lie waiting
sinks a red leaf

"tori inu"

Violet time,
snow trickling on the graves,
on my way home.

Horst Ludwig

Illuminated
vermillion shrine gate --
Orion

Yukiko Yamada

exhausted autumn
the leaves turn dark yellow
father is gonna die

Nadaskic Diordievic Jasminka

yellow sunset--
orange leaves
now more red

"tori inu"

a wild duck mother
crossing the super highway
with her golden brood

Horst Ludwig

my sandals crack
sheets of ice
the snow a soft, warm white

Peg Duthie

Noon on Lake Kawaguchi -
A path with stars of white light
shows the way to Mount Fuji.

Daniela Bullas

snowflakes
on her eyelashes -
sunset pink

Guatam Nadkarni

Green scent of seaweed
Sea creature bites spinning past
Sushi carousel

Patricia Lammers

teenage remains
a junk shop kimono
black, ochre . . .some yellow

Helen Buckingham

white-out
one eye
rises

Ernest J Berry

Small red lips
smile at granddad's joke
The sun shines.

Trevor Camp

silver moon -
drop by drop it turns
the ocean milky

Guatam Nadkarni

Turquoise bands of blue
Nestling in purple grey clouds
Smoky winter sky

Patricia Lammers

the gerbil's claws
Shocking Pink--
cactus in bloom

Helen Buckingham

temple bell
rainbows falling
from waterfall

Ernest J Berry

the little girl's
yellow raincoat
dotted with blossom

Andre Surridge

Every night,
deer tracks in the snow.
Blue street lights.

Trevor Camp

winter moon -
the silver phantom
rides the sky

Guatam Nadkarni

Silver skim coating
Mirrored likeness of the sky
Freezing winter pond

Patricia Lammers

telltale stance…
yellow stains
in the snow

Linda Pilarski

cherry petals
even pale pink of her dress
moves me to a whisper

Dorota Pyra

Yellow sticky note -
Memory of my friend
Becoming worse

Andrzej Dembo?czyk

in a paddock
of yellow clover
a picnic blanket

Patricia Prime

fall gold drupelets
the burning bush of Moses
wild raspberry

Stephen Rojcewicz

Yosemite bound-
beside the old stagecoach trail
a pink cherry blooms

susan delphine delaney

blue dragonfly
hovers the length of the oar
a frog kicks away

Hans Jongman

whittling wood
from a black pencil
my father's penknife

Patricia Prime

massive gilt framework
nuanced tones, stark black
Whistler in winter

Stephen Rojcewicz

two cranes blush
leaving the meadow
red sunset

Mr. Kim Chamberlain

testing twelve brands
of pink champagne-
their first wedding

David Grayson

puddles
a child's blue galoshes
turn turtle

Hans Jongman

amaryllis
deep crimson and orange
the season prolongs

Stephen Rojcewicz

this winter morning
the lunar mountains echo
the dusky blue sky

susan delphine delaney

the color of chaos
is a yellow--
daughter's room

Mr. Kim Chamberlain

aniseed café:
spider web
in the green fennel

John Irvine

in new year's sky
the white tail of kite whirling
children's sighs

Motoko Satoh

fluffing its feathers
finch sits by a Christmas light
red ones are warmest

Deirdre Godwin

reddish violin
in her little hands
a delicate tune

Tanya Dikova

single yellow leaf
only colored in the garden
now catches a beam of morning

Motoko Satoh

the tailor's daughter crawls. . .
pink cloth pieces
all around

K. Ramesh

far gone day
on a white bed-
a bird's shadow

Tanya Dikova

black wing
white moon
first frost

Mary Meriam

from the back
of the snowy mountains
a golden hearse

Minako Noma

red leaves' thrilling--
scent of smoke
has gone

Jerzy Ma?ysz

a scarlet rose
glowing with fire in the sun
midsummer heat

natalia kuznetsova

volcano erupts
red lava shoots in the air
brown island is formed

Joseph Spence

Blue moonlight -
Forked black shadows
on the snow

Lex Joy

red pears
green glass bowl
let her go

Mary Meriam

your brown eyes gone
transparent tears now drip
missing your red lips

Joseph Spence

at his gravestone
I leave white smokes of incense sticks
New Year's Eve

Minako Noma

blue sky, white clouds dance
reflecting the spring of life
nature turns green

Joseph Spence

A closed white gate
but he climbs over -
the black beetle.

Lex Joy

red rays of light
caress the evening sky:
island sunset

Keith A. Simmonds

Under sorrel skies
yew trees and a hermit's urt
with satellite

Wendy Videlock

Blue Monday-
the tea pot whistles
a wake-up tune

Curtis Dunlap

hunters' moon
the melancholy red wine
a wrist

Jeff Hanson

backyard play
the yellow jacket chases
a black kitten

Edward Dallas

fall winds
twisting leaves
reveal red tops

Noel Sloboda

With words to spare
a red-tail sails through
No Thoroughfare.

Wendy Videlock

purple sage
under december's new moon
gray

Jeff Hanson

mother's red roses
the garden club nemesis
green with envy

Edward Dallas

spilled birdseed
black on the snow
suddenly disappears

Noel Sloboda

Child, may you know
the holy, difficult slope
and pink begonias.

Wendy Videlock

summer heat
a green leaf floats to the earth
I go pick it up

Jeff Hanson

gray sky. . .
sky mind
of the winter gull

Billie Dee

yellow sky
descending
tornado season

Noel Sloboda

quicksilver snowflakes
meld into one
evening patio

RJ Clarken

see-through umbrella--
the shimmering raindrops
and this red leaf

Ellen Compton

rap music
behind two closed doors
red and black

Joseph Kirschner

a green tree-top
whitened
since yesterday

Dusko Matas

night sky portrait
dark canvas with white brush strokes
impressionistic

RJ Clarken

a wild field
of cosmoses
a rainbow

Narayanan Raghunathan

a white dot
from the blueness of sea
grew into the sail

Dusko Matas

centuries old stone buddha
on his grey shroud now
splotches of green and white

john tiong chunghoo

gray sidewalk
slush-blanketed path stones
retreating footsteps

RJ Clarken

a black plastic bag
tumbles down the empty street
Christmas Eve

Joseph Kirschner

dew-drop on
the white flower loses
a pink butterfly

Narayanan Raghunathan

on the tomb stone
always only
a yellow rose

Dusko Matas

after taking my ill fortune
the lotuses now
stiff, grey and falling

john tiong chunghoo

just look!
another oil puddle gleaming
blood red

Doris Kasson

first snowing
black zebra crossing lines
Disappear

Boris Nazansky

whiteout
and yet more whiteout
my mind's stillness

Bruce Ross

snow crust
a gray squirrel
nibbles blankness

Bill Kenney

through frozen trees
the brown and blue flutters
of jays

Jo Pacsoo

forest cycling all day breathing green pines

Jan O'Loughlin

playing it safe
in the nursery
…one wall pink

Doris Kasson

old washwoman's hair
carrying late autumn away
white wave crests

Boris Nazansky

the old lady smiles
a redbreast brightens
her winter garden

Gryta Wansdronk

the snowstorm
has covered almost everything
these gold-green weeds

Bruce Ross

white narcissus
beside a steaming tea pot
our rendezvous

John Daleiden

just spring
the bay lies calm
and silver

Jan O'Loughlin

yes he can
brown-eyed runt of the litter
runs fast

Doris Kasson

red sunset
mirrored in the ripply lake
breeze in my curtains

Boris Nazansky

no fingerprints
a trace of pink blossom
he left us, the thief

Gryta Wansdronk

morning whiteout
the slender leafless trees
so empty

Bruce Ross

a young priest
in rose vestments
his mother in white

Bill Kenney

red sunset
on a warm winter day -
icicle reflections

John Daleiden

in just one night
the red maple drops its leaves--
I still need summer

oino sakai

The yellow
Lotus rises
the stars crown

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

clasping his hands
the wind whistles
into the black starless night

Renee Loke

a red butterfly
on a yellow water lily -
what a summer day!

Virginia Popescu

white hedge
no snow
hoar-frost

Cornelia de Brabander

50th birthday
and half of my life gone--
blue skies ahead

oino sakai

fish on the river
spring
the white sound of water torn

Ie Suzume Shi

green reeds
turn brown
Summer sun smiles

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

between the grey window
the wind chime tings--
welcoming me home

Renee Loke

waxwings drunk on blue
juniper berries laugh
flounder in the snow

Ie Suzume Shi

a long depression --
painting her bedroom
apple green

Helen Baker

looking up
between the golden leaves
makes me remember my first autumn

Renee Loke

night with frozen stars -
golden full moon shining
on the vault of heaven

Virginia Popescu

flamingos -
flaunting their pink
or quiet contemplation?

Jyothirmai Gubili

against a blue sky
long tail trailing in the breeze
flies a child's red kite

Todd Eddy

Ink-blue river
seamed with clouds of daisy-white,
mermaids embark my dream.

Beate Conrad

snowcapped
beige and brown and reddish
chrysanthemums

Max Verhart

one white hair
the poet and his father
share the mirror

Lin Geary

the temple's shadows
deepening blue tempting
violets and grapes

Beate Conrad

oblivious work-
eyes of the bee covered
with yellow pollen

Jadwiga Gala Miemus

purple data cables
hang from the ceiling-
spring in the building

Marlène Buitelaar

carefully arranging
white roses in a vase --
a drop of blood

Max Verhart

red lehua blossom
on fresh lava -
Soliloquy

Jyothirmai Gubili

a flash of orange
minnows
summer's end

carol pearce-worthington

chilly mountain stream
reflecting blue sky of
april, when snow melts

Todd Eddy

The sun smiles:
All white the ice princess dressed
now in rainbow light.

Beate Conrad

winter morning-
the greenness of that meadow
from grandma's window

Rita Odeh

autumn rain
changes the moonlight
into silver drops

Jadwiga Gala Miemus

on the rear shelf
her silver cowboy hat
waiting for the weekend

Marlène Buitelaar

spring green
like no other
young

Penelope Sargent

a white plastic bag
caught in a bare winter tree
windsome buddies

Mr. Paul R Cassidy

painting class -
just white and blue
for a winter mood

Israel Lopez Balan

pink storm
whirling schoolgirls
sakura smiles

Jon Espen Vassbotn

white hair frames mother's face
brown eyes
smiling

Penelope Sargent

orange bowl
reflections of the moon
in the owl's eye

Mary Davila

my son watches the rain
a white glimpse of hope in his eye
snowchrystalshaped

Jon Espen Vassbotn

red hats, pink shorts
grandmother and granddaughter
stroll through summer

ruthanne price

clumsy guest
burgundy stain
on white cloth

Penelope Sargent

awakening
to the scent of a red rose
winter thaw

Mary Davila

a yellow post it note
on the fridge door gallery
~ memento mori ~

Jon Espen Vassbotn

every light but two red

ruthanne price

winter wind -
the traffic light
turns red…

Israel Lopez Balan

the last dregs
of her fortune
cup of green tea

Susan Sanchez-Barnett

the orange glow of the city…stretching into night

colin stewart jones

sunshine petals
against the widow's weeds
yellow dandelions

Ruth Arnison

your lips
on the inside of my wrist
two blue veins

Sandra Simpson

Bryce Canyon
tiny red manzanita
at its very edge

Karen Klein

Absorbent visions
lurk a red lit hallway
dark shaded heart

Saxony Olivia McArthur

New Year's Day
silver threads of tinsel
on a discarded fir tree

paul m.

fisherman
hooking a shark
out of the blue

Ruth Arnison

spring hillside
a green mist rises
through bare branches

Elaine Riddell

last year's
supermarket pumpkin -
this yellow flower!

Sandra Simpson

violet dress-
with every move you make
smell of heather

Katarzyna Predota

Pink cocktails, drunk
ripped racecar red denim jeans
green puke, night over

Saxony Olivia McArthur

metallic grey sky-
the dip and swell of pigeons
on a telephone cable

Angelee Deodhar

sharp raps on glass
crows separate from black
sunflower seeds

gourdman

seated behind him
his white hair blue
in the moonlight

Jerome Cushman

The warm orange hues,
Flow serenely to a close,
Create a vision.

Julianne Marie Gatt

just like that
summer shower
blue sky blue road

Robert Seretny

hospital window-
purple wisteria shadows cross
the counterpane

Angelee Deodhar

Snow shakes
off green bamboo that sways
with red cardinals

gourdman

snowdrifts
roll red in the
Sunrise

Jerome Cushman

Heaven in the puddle
A blue flower nearby -
What competition

Ioan Marinescu-Puiu

Although faded
It still lights up our nights
The lonely white rose

Ioan Marinescu-Puiu

tall oak in summer
holly pine and spruce nearby
so many colors of green

Anthony T. Nasuta, Jr.

the horizon -
meets the sky's blue
and the sea's blue

Maria Tirenescu

my hook in the sea
watching for signs of a bite
brown pelican

Tom Genovese

it's snowing hardly -
the wild beast foot-marks
at the white surface

Maria Tirenescu

after death
the surfer's eyebrows
waving green

Werner Reichhold

persimmons --
all the western faces
white with frost

Josh Wikoff

in the chapel
a shaft of spring light
greening up her hair

Barbara Snow

a breeze -
the red petals
under the shaken poppy

Maria Tirenescu

voyage
blue light in your eyes
goes star to star

Werner Reichhold

winter birth
crimson steam flickers
in the lamplight

Ron Moss

…to the left
…or to the right?
pink petal carpet

Barbara Snow

Gold finch rests on spruce
Through fog seagull flies…on rocks
Sound of ocean surf

Anthony T. Nasuta, Jr.

a white heron
pecking in the stream
cold morning

Takizawa Takayasu

pink shell
on the way to
unknown world

Kitahashi Mitsuko

Winter sky
the beauty of White Pieta
took my breath away

Yamauchi Sakae

first green
in spring garden
only weeds

Jeff Hoagland

half a dozen
swans are their own
whitecaps

Michael Nickels-Wisdom

blue again
my foot scratches
a sock indent

Jon Baldwin

white narcissuses arranged
welcome in
the New Year

Takizawa Takayasu

blue poppies
long for the ocean
for ages

Kitahashi Mitsuko

biting a green lemon
though
sweeter kiss

Yamauchi Sakae

ragged patch
of pale blue sky;
unseen lilacs

Michael Nickels-Wisdom

Red petals
falling off as soon
as picked up - the poppy.

Ljubomir Radovancevic

ruby-red sunset
the flocks of crows
the castle garden

Takizawa Takayasu

mother's physical therapy
getting orange sunshine
late summer

Kitahashi Mitsuko

the sound of bees
brilliant yellow
goldenrod flowers

Jeff Hoagland

as many
bluets in the ground
as bullets

Michael Nickels-Wisdom

violet sky
cold breath
as he forms words

Garry Gay

white is a robe the Saudi wears
hospitality flows out
like a river

Stella Guillory

long sickness
a blood red talon
on the snow

Ron Moss

spring fever
new piglets nestle
into pink

Marily Appl Walker

moon on the fencepost
around the brown wood
wire loops turn silver

Frances McCarthy

August sweet william
your ribbons all in tatters
white and red and rose

Stephen Collington

rain subsides
from the cloudy sky
"--- sudden blue

James M. Thompson

his most favored ginger scraper
earth tone shard
an abandoned rice bowl

Stella Guillory

tiny blue shoes
mourners drift past
the snowdrift

Ron Moss

sky blue triangle
morning fills
the curtain gap

Frances McCarthy

golden orb-weaver,
goldenrod, golden summer
sun in September

Stephen Collington

the yellow
of a banana slug . . .
along my walking stick

Garry Gay

a red urge
like a piano
a gift from mother

Stella Guillory

I place a little Buddha
with the pinks in my planter
first day of spring

Marily Appl Walker

and now October
passing, and with it passing
yellow red brown gold

Stephen Collington

strange flowers?
yellow and fuchsia
tennis balls

James M. Thompson

dusting off his book
again
crow black trees begin to caw

David Boyer

true blue
ten kilo walk makes me
sing a lot

mae hiroya

Black boats paddle
on choppy blue waters.
Wintering Coots.

Bonnie Hudson

white warp set
loom waits for color
life begins

Oriane Stender

after a leaf
to the yellow carpet
a chestnut

Dejan Pavlinovic

on the broken branch
leaves turn red--
he never had a chance

David Boyer

streaming yellow
weavers leave behind
the silence

John Barlow

a dog lies
on pathway full of
purple blooms

mae hiroya

one white snowflake
after another…
great laughter

Bruce Kennedy

indigo warp
rose weft ends before achieving violet
life cut short

Oriane Stender

red eye
amidst the blue-
sea sunset

Dejan Pavlinovic

blue after the storm--
the dumpster
overflowing with balloons

David Boyer

white morning
one of kids has just
cried out

mae hiroya

garden nandina
scarlet clustered berries
winter feast

Ginny Leidig

at sunset
an odd red cloud -
the shape of someone's soul

Ludmila Balabanova

vermillion blood
stains broken streets
the dead of winter

Cathy Drinkwater Better

at the red dot "You Are Here" map
a slight breeze blowing
this way

Tim Singleton

feathers
under the feeder…
shades of gray

Karen Cesar

white cherry-flower
is falling down in child's hand -
unexpected gift.

Posnaies Oana Aurora

color of flowers
bright pattern of butterflies
like spattering paint

Pat Geyer

rain-soaked schoolyard…
bouncing down the street
a red umbrella

Cathy Drinkwater Better

three inches long
three inches away
a black-capped chickadee

Tim Singleton

that late night moonlight
gleams upon a blacksmith's forge
and cools red embers

Posnaies Oana Aurora

young green tree leaves grow
up to wear an old fall coat
of many colors

Pat Geyer

as shadows lengthen--
rust and orange
chyrsanthemums

Cathy Drinkwater Better

new year's day
pale pink sunrise
ancient earth

April Serock

burnt orange skyline - a sunset missed

Ken Saunders

who left the cap off
the blue-tongued lizard
soaking in the sun

Christine Allinson

a red-crowned vulture
wings spread to the sun
Easter morn

Renee Owen

campfire smoke
the sky as grey…
cold silence

Ruth Powell

freedom of airs--
on a green field
rows of white crosses

Isabel Pose

give body heat
animal to mineral
blue rock in my bed

Ken Saunders

evening rain
a snail by the curb
caught in traffic light colors

Richard Burri

a rain-splattered newt
…red feet slowly circle
the autumn lake

Renee Owen

nosebleeds
on white wad
unfold - bright paper chains

Ken Saunders

april morning jog…
pacing my dew-wet shadow
a yellow butterfly

Richard Burri

the wounded deer
has dyed red
the dew of the dawn

Isabel Pose

white sky
the rumble of snowblowers
deepens

Jennifer Corpe

November rain
gray-hoofed horses rush
across cobblestones

Sherry Weaver Smith

counting winter stars with a gray finger

Dana Duclo

beach sunset
their silhouettes deepen
to indigo

Bette Norcross Wappner

year turned sunny
redwood shade squeaks 'bye, hello?
a black-capped chickadee…

art

first dawn
the blush
of some undrunk champagne

Jennifer Corpe

sunlight through water-
yellow fish descend
to coral bones

Sherry Weaver Smith

winter night-
how warm the green leaves
in my dream

Tom Clausen

a child cries
the yellow balloon soars
with a smiley face

Andrea Gradidge

countless scratches
on the windowpane--
the verdigris moon

Emiko Miyashita

zig zag
flashes of emerald
damselflies

Gael Bage

into dawn,
black night splinters-
magpies rasp

Sherry Weaver Smith

near and far
blue birds with the seeds
from white cosmos

Althea Rowe Watson

school haiku walk
gold dandelion dust
on little chins

Bette Norcross Wappner

their taupe hallway
a frieze in black felt marker
by their grandson

Andrea Gradidge

the amber arms
of his reading glasses--
another cricket joins

Emiko Miyashita

my father's grave-
the deep green
of fresh grass

Jacek

new year's dawn--
white light reforms
in a dewdrop's wake

Terry O'Connor

rising mist…
the ocean skin
leaches blue

Rob Scott

they run
at the icy patch…
white breath

Terry O'Connor

his last year
our words flowed freely -
deepening blue dusk

hortensia anderson

morning fog---
the muted caws
of a grey crow

John Soules

broken moon--
flood victim's white teeth
aftger getting the reliefs

Quamrul Hassan

winter solstice
the flash of the blue
among the spruces

Jacek

sleepless night of rain -
blue dawn soaks through
the window

hortensia anderson

full moon--
even her grey hair
shining

Quamrul Hassan

"What popsicle?"
asks my daughter's blue lips:
summer solstice

Heather Jagman

red cardinal
winters only reminder
of summers passion

Michelle Chandler

Young eyes widen,
gathering scenes reflected
by a red glass heart.

Michelle Kilgore

calls of distant geese
through the little woods -
low silver sky

Sharon Hammer Baker

a loaf shape
under the altar cloth
white Christmas

Dan Schwerin

grey smudge
horizon rain
chases me home

Joanne Baldwin

saffron robes
these autumn leaves

Michelle Chandler

cinnamon hearts
the children's laughing
red mouths

Meredith Stern Cavalieri

the indigo around her eye waxing hunger moon

Dan Schwerin

monastery sky
white ghost over flint
snowy owl

Joanne Baldwin

red, ,red, ,
the nameless flower-
lightning flashes!

manoj saranathan

red sun
the one in my belly
hotter

Michelle Chandler

the sun sets
behind our sail
red right return

Beth Powell

sibling rivalry
his eyes
a darker shade of green

Meredith Stern Cavalieri

tangerine sun -
the birds sing louder
this morning

Sharon Hammer Baker

crisscrossing
myriad greens and one blue-
a meadowlark

manoj saranathan

coughing blood,
Shiki stains
the Milky Way

Bill Pauly

blood pressure falls
a green line on monitor
bird skimming waves

S.E. Carlisle

yellow flames
and falling leaves
the poet's beard

paul conneally

snow covered tracks
black gondolas escaping
from the city

Ed Schwellenbach

winter sky --
pulling blue
out of dad's eyes

Irene Golas

heading home . . .
brown mango blossoms link
my past all the way

Kala Ramesh

lost in the desert
a valentine heart
blown into sunset

Bill Pauly

part-time job's waiting:
warming up the boarding house
Santa's red outfit…

Cristian Mocanu

each yellow flash
of the snow plow --
the rush of dusk

John Shiffer

desert sands
the never-ending
blue blue sky

Kala Ramesh

easy to lose
purple waves
wishing on stars

Bill Pauly

into your lunchbox
the last of the peking duck
scallions still green

S.E. Carlisle

sea of white troubled
by all rainbow's colours:
New Year's fireworks

Cristian Mocanu

white birch
looses color
to winter's ground

Judi Honiker

me
my loneliness
and this red wine on table

Tanu Deo Sharma

white frosted waves
pushing pulling
…star shine

Kristen Deming

surf song
gray gulls plait
the sunset

Nancy Smith

unpacking sweater box-
white cat hairs remind me
my Fur Ball is gone

Hazel A. Witherspoon

a snow cone of white
on the beagle's nose tip
the winter moon

Paul Cordeiro

kaleidoscope of color
bursts into spring
lavender and sage

Judi Honiker

July Fourth
the rockets red glare…
again the dead

Fr. RP

day of red roses
few hearts will blossom
few will wither

Tanu Deo Sharma

deep winter--
reluctantly turning off
the computer screen's blue

Kristen Deming

drug dealer
where his eyes should be
silver mirrors

Nancy Smith

at the flower show-
tiny pink mimosa leaf
bobs in the breeze

Hazel A. Witherspoon

supermarket shelf
purple crocuses
open too soon

Hilary Tann

sky blue
my favorite popsicle
falls to the ground

Judi Honiker

pockmarked garden
a white lily inches up
just for a day

Victor P. Gendrano

all greens gone
this emptiness of season
so burdensome

Tanu Deo Sharma

black and white cows--
she stirs chocolate powder
into my milk

DeVar Dahl

pausing. . .
the red of a red autumn
Sunset

Billie Dee

red knit hats
the boys play pond hockey
by moonlight

DeVar Dahl

my red peels
now dangling, loopy spirals
in a squirrel's mouth

Shelley Krause

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