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Spring is the season for haiku!

Spring is the season for haiku, and Matamata-Piako poets have come out in force to prove it.  Nearly sixty haiku were submitted for the libraries’ Haiku Hike, a trail of haiku ‘pavers’ around our library walls.  NZ poet, writer and creative writing tutor Sue Emms, who kindly agreed to judge the competition, had this to say:‘I love reading a collection of poems like this because it reminds me again of how creative and individual we all are. Some of these entries were funny, some were sad, some evoked wonderful images.’

The Junior Prize was won by 10-year-old Anica with this evocation of a tropical island:

Fruity breeze floats through
Palm trees sway above glistening water
Glimmering waves crash

The Adult Prize was awarded to R E Stone for a deceptively simple haiku:

Sun-drying hay
Boy returns

Highly Commended Junior: Ryder (7)
Highly Commended Adult:  A. Nonn

Commended: R. E. Stone, M. Phillips, A. Nonn, S. Wilson, Benji (6)

Special Mention: Jonathan Ashworth for his haiku written in Japanese.

Winning entries and a full copy of the judge’s comments will be on display at each library.

A reading of some of the winning haiku will take place at Te Aroha Library this Friday, September 1st, at 4pm. All welcome.