The Spring Lantern

Haiku Challenge Review

2023 - Year in Review

January

New Year —
attached to my camera
a wide-angle lens

Goran Gatalica
Croatia

deciduous leaves –
tearing out of my diary
the last page

Marie Derley
Belgium

year of the dragon
some fire still remains
in my belly

Tracy Davidson
United Kingdom

February

a lonely night...
falling in love
with brine shrimp

Goran Gatalica
Croatia

First kiss
my cherry lip gloss
on his lips

Jahnavi Gogoi
Canada

Valentine’s Day –
I eat your chocolates
on my way

Ana Drobot
Romania

March

a new web
on the compost pile
early spring

Govind Joshi
India

marching
toward spring
full worm moon

Richard Bailly
United States

skylark's song -
I ask permission
to record

Ana Drobot
Romania

river moon

the quiet stance

of an egret

Mona Bedi
India

our argument

left hanging -

moon sickle

Sarah Paris
USA

April

with
or without the wind
wildflowers

Srini S
India

a wild plum tree
blooming on a narrow road
where I can’t pull off

Suzi Golodoff
United States

emerging from snow
the silence
of tulips

Gabriel Rosenstock
Ireland

cherry blossoms -

laughter of school girls

arm-in-arm

Anne Curran
New Zealand

a sprig of Jasmine

on my breakfast tray -

Mother's Day

Anne Curran
New Zealand

taking the trash out

cherry blossom petals lay -

scattered by the rain

Sunyata
USA

half moon -

I wish her

whole again

Ann Curran
New Zealand

May

swollen river
geese move their eggs
to higher ground

Tracy Davidson
United Kingdom

the pond didn't stir in winds,
but saw it quiver,
under the butterfly's touch

Ida Wiesenfeld
United States

stormy sea
the rocks
unmoved

Srini S
India

birdbath

the moon shivers

from a cat's tongue

Vuong Pham
Australia

water fountain

refilling our bottles

for the homeless man's dog

Tracy Davidson
United Kingdom

rain beading

on my friend

the flax bush

Derek LeDayn
Aotearoa New Zealand

June

garden walk
thoughts entangled
in a spider web

Govind Joshi
India

without a sound
poppies open to
the morning

Carl Bachmann
USA

my cat spreadeagled
on top of the garden shed-
morning sun

Anne Curran
New Zealand

end of summer

the last cricket sings

out-of-tune tunes

Maria Tosti
Italy

same Kansas wind

at the June wedding...

her funeral

Randy Brooks
USA

cat on the mat

where midsummer's blade pierces

the curtain's defense

Jenny Shepherd
United Kingdom

July

night full of stars
breathing in the same sky
the deer and me

Deborah Karl-Brandt
Germany

barefoot
on dew-covered grass
the stars, brighter

Curt Linderman
USA

after the movie
stars
in the sky

Govind Joshi
India

morning sun

between a mother

and her calf

Goran Gatalica
Croatia

swallows darting

in and out of rotted piers -

low tide at sunset

Jerome Gagnon
USA

blocking

the banyan sun -

a beehive

Nair Daipayan
India

August

judging me

with tilted head

my one-eyed cat

Beki Reese Van Buren
USA

note after note

leaves rustle

brown maya

Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo
Phillipines

a flock of sheep

grazing the hillside

prayer beads

Mike Gallagher
Ireland

September

coloring my world

the maple leaves me

a changed person

Bonnie J Scherer
USA

sip my tea for one—

wedding anniversary

under changing leaves

Monica Kakkar
India & USA

lording it over

the fallen birch leaves

the smugness of pine

Jenny Shepherd
United Kingdom

October

crunch of autumn
a squirrel in the leaves
with an apple half

Richard Matta
USA

twilight
more shades of orange and grey
than language knows

Srini S
India

Kansas ocean
the sound of wheat
waves

Randy Brooks
USA

November

cricket song
in the taro field
settling dusk

Govind Joshi
India

tears...
the onion is just
an excuse

Srini S
India

worm moon
a bird zooms in
on my zucchini

Tracy Davidson
United Kingdom

December

shortest day
an owl’s hoot
stretches the sky

Lori Kiefer
United Kingdom

Christmas party
hiding the mistletoe
from that one colleague

Tracy Davidson
United Kingdom

withering wind
still no sign
of a ceasefire

Tracy Davidson
United Kingdom