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2004 HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Collection

The Haiku Society of America sponsors this annual award for renku of 36, 20, or 12 stanzas. (Renku is a form of renga). See also the contest rules and the judges' commentary for the Einbond award. For more information about the goals of this contest, download a copy of the HSA Renku Contest Committee Report (pdf) published in Frogpond XIII:2 (May 1990).

Commentary by year: 200720062005 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

Winners by Year: 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

  

 

 
 

2004


The Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition 2004

GRAND PRIZE

Soft Voices

An autumn kasen renku; started August 30, 2000 and finished December 9, 2000; Peggy Willis Lyles, Paul W. MacNeil, and Ferris Gilli

soft voices
along the bedrock trail
wisps of fog

Peggy Willis Lyles

looking up to a pass
where trees have turned

Paul W. MacNeil

again tonight
a vee of geese
crosses the moon

Ferris Gilli

the professor's peace sign
as a new course begins

Peggy Willis Lyles

both cheeks
of her jeans patched
with American flags

Paul W. MacNeil

something stirs
within the frosty briars

Ferris Gilli

Monday's Special
is a hot stew loaded
with mystery

Paul W. MacNeil

what can you tell me
about this odd key?

Peggy Willis Lyles

to get his way
he swears to respect her
in the morning

Ferris Gilli

"Urology Clinic"
at the home phone she gave

Paul W. MacNeil

wild applause
while the candidate
kisses his wife

Peggy Willis Lyles

another toy prize
from the sideshow monkey

Ferris Gilli

summer moon
and ferris wheel
rim to rim

Peggy Willis Lyles

ants have made a hill
in the garbage-truck rut

Ferris Gilli

I listen
beyond this cubicle
to a squeaky chair

Paul W. MacNeil

blessing more wine
the priest spills a drop

Peggy Willis Lyles

reluctant to sweep
azalea blossoms strewn
beneath the fence

Ferris Gilli

slowly in the meltwater
a trout finds shadow

Paul W. MacNeil

sundown
before the old Cajun
reels in his kite

Peggy Willis Lyles

Ahh! the buxom nurse
adjusts my traction weights

Paul W. MacNeil

brief laughter
as she's carried
over the threshold

Ferris Gilli

the bulge between us
kicking hard

Peggy Willis Lyles

all these years apart
and still memories
of a French perfume

Paul W. MacNeil

brass spittoons
in the open-air market

Ferris Gilli

they pipe cobras
from wicker baskets
before a sweating crowd

Peggy Willis Lyles

a stake sledgehammered
through the sewer line

Paul W. MacNeil

repeating that word
will get mouths
washed out with soap

Ferris Gilli

grenades explode
at the barricade

Peggy Willis Lyles

highlights
from the moon on pale pods
of milkweed

Paul W. MacNeil

from the first oyster
a crooked pearl

Ferris Gilli

everyone
at the harvest dance
does the twist

Paul W. MacNeil

the shoeshine man
snaps a rag

Peggy Willis Lyles

thick dust covers
a homemade mirror frame
in the attic

Ferris Gilli

from all directions
sticky flakes of late snow

Paul W. MacNeil

five white camellias
arranged
on damp moss

Peggy Willis Lyles

raking a sand garden
while the day lingers

Ferris Gilli

 

 

FIRST HONORABLE MENTION

Picking Our Way

A kasen renku; Onawa, Maine; September 2-4. 2004; John Stevenson, Yu Chang, Hilary Tann, and Paul W. MacNeil

picking our way
with a flashlight
mushrooms here and there

John

twice around the pond
under a crescent moon

Yu

old-time tunes
fill an auditorium
at the State Fair

Hilary

another neatly printed
job application

Paul

Santas
at each entrance
to the mall

John

more praise
for her handknit mittens

Hilary

a Navajo
wins the chess tournament
in Kobe

Yu

he gets a date
despite the elder aunt

Paul

the tree huggers'
wedding ceremony
30 feet above ground

Yu

slip knots
on both bathrobes

John

placing
a photograph
at the cloverleaf junction

Hilary

Picasso's bicycle
becomes a bull

Paul

hide and seek
with the moon
in the ruins

Yu

"I'll drink to that"
(exeunt)

Hilary

early editions
pan actors
and author

Paul

the windows
need cleaning

John

at last
forsythia relieves
this brown expanse

Paul

bits of feather
cling to the nest

Hilary

Pope John Paul
whispers
Easter Mass

John

are you my
anesthesiologist?

Yu

moving the nightstand
to align
their beds

Hilary

happy to have her
finish his sentence

John

remembrance
of a touch given
without strings

Paul

free passes
at theice rink

Yu

it takes diamonds
to polish
the facets of diamonds

Paul

she emulates
her best friend's accent

Hilary

tourists
order fortune cookies
after dim sum

Yu

little pills
for my heart

John

a cluster
of birch seeds
this moonlilght evening

Hilary

mountain leaves
start to turn

John

how cool the mug
beforethe coffee
is poured

Paul

neighborly conversation
across the fence

Yu

a stack of DVDs
to be viewed
at leisure

John

costumed dancers
for the Lunar New Year

Yu

children carry
blossoming branches
to class

Hilary

butterfly antennae
dip then straighten

Paul

 

 

SECOND HONORABLE MENTION

The Serpentine Road

A kasen renku led by Patrick Gallagher; February 21, 2004; Roger Abe, Ann Bendixen, donnalynn chase, Becky Davies, Anne Homan, pjm (Patricia Machmiller), Carol Steele, and Alison Woolpert

slow ascent
up the serpentine road
spring sunbeams

Ann Bendixen

young cows scrimmage
on the fresh sweet grass

Roger Abe

the handmade oak table
loaded down with snacks
hazy afternoon

Anne Homan

he spins the globe pointing
one island among many

pjm

moon behind the clouds-
I ask a question
and wait for an answer

donnalynn chase

as the days shorten
reading by candlelight

Carol Steele

three red leaves
floating on the creek-
the current catches all

Becky Davies

long awaited vows before
the San Francisco Mayor

Roger Abe

the waterbed gurgles-
sometime later we'll let
the bubbles out

Anne Homan

divvying up their things
what to do with the monkey

pjm

dry brush strokes
cascade down the rice paper
ancient artist

Ann Bendixen

too heavy to bear
Al Gore's endorsement

Alison Woolpert

Bilbao museum-
summer moonlight glints off
titanium

pjm

a sharp knife moving fast
thin cucumber slices

Becky Davies

dark energy
a theory of the universe
returns to life

Anne Homan

pick-up sticks champion
my granddaughter wins again

Carol steele

keeping watch
at the Tomb of the Unknowns-
cherry blossom rain

pjm

the business trip includes
a Mardi Gras parade

Patrick Gallagher

a failed smog test
and property taxes late-
returning cold

donnalynn chase

did you know?
Mozart's atoms are in our eyes

donnalynn chase

he takes a shower
after feeding the chickens
one sneezed on him!

Roger Abe

scarves and crosses
but not in school

Anne Homan

the garden at night
plants forget to whisper
winter rose, winter rose

Roger Abe

more than god-sized
hoarfrost crystals

Ann Bendixen

the ventriloquist
saying, "and his nose
grew longer and longer"

pjm

us girls discuss a field trip
Fredericks of Hollywood

donnalynn chase

Tarzan soars
through the primordial forest
Jane's milky screams

Roger Abe

spaghetti fight
still remembering his smile

Becky Davies

midnight blue skies
bright stars surround
a sliver of moon

Carol Steele

salmon leap the falls
shivering with effort

Anne Homan

a whirlwind of wings
envelops us-
migrating Monarchs

pjm

new sculpture erected
of Asian gandy dancers

Patrick Gallagher

the aspiring diva
hits all the high notes
perfectly

Anne Homan

huevos rancheros
get filled and get spiced

Becky Davies

spirits laugh
all along the fragrant path
of cherry blossoms

Roger Abe

in silent meditation
lingering day

donnalynn chase

 

 

 


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