Archive for April, 2010


Posted in Haiku, Spring with tags , on April 29, 2010 by Tito


Most of the things in life

Never happen –

Wild forget-me-not.


New-leaf cherry-trees:

The perch cruise the pond

In twos.


(Sagano, 29.4.10)

Midwinter harvest……

Posted in Haiku, Winter on April 16, 2010 by Mark

This just in from a poet/scholar/ornithologist friend of mine who lives in one of the coldest, snowiest parts of northeast Pennsylvania. His name is Don Sheehy. He refers to this haiku as a poem about “the plenitudes of lack,” and I now share it, by permission, with readers of the Icebox.

Midwinter harvest—
a flush of bright cardinals
from bare apple trees

—Don Sheehy

cardinals – crested red finches

Kikakuza International Haibun Contest 2010 Results

Posted in News with tags , on April 16, 2010 by Tito

Nobuyuki and I decided not to award a Grand Prix this year as, fine though many of the entries were, we felt we could not find a truly outstanding piece. The endings especially seemed, more often than not, unsatisfactory. In order to increase the field next year, the entry fee may be abolished, we hear. See our separate Kikakuza Contest Guidelines page (top right) this autumn for details. Go there now to read the two Highly Commended pieces from this year’s Contest. Our sincere thanks to all who sent in their works. The results follow. Of the six populated continents, only South America did not produce an awardee this year!

Highly Commended:

Night Fishing with Daddy, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, South Africa

the godless month, Jim Kacian, USA

Honourable Mentions:

Psyche, Angelee Deodhar, India

not knowing names of them, Stanley Pelter, UK

London a la Japonais, Diana Webb, UK

Silver Little Reed, Clelia Ifrim, Romania

Home Sweet Home, Barbara A. Taylor, Australia

After a Night of Cold Rain, Ella Rutlege, Japan

Tortoise sound?

Posted in Haipho, Spring on April 1, 2010 by Hisashi Miyazaki

A few weeks ago it sprouted crimson, then buds  grew day after day in the sun – the peony below…

to a foolish question

thinking over the right answer:

tortoise cries

Do tortoises cry? The saijiki almanac says that, although in truth they don’t, Tame-ie (1198-1275) compelled it to do so in one of his waka. The ‘tortoise cries’ kigo implies spring calm.