People’s Choice – Haiku Festival 2022

We had a fantastic crop of talented poets turn out for our Haiku Festival, receiving submissions from as close as our neighbors on Vashon-Maury Island to as far away as Bielsko-Biała, Poland. Read the winning poems in each category here. Mukai will print and display each individually calligraphed poem on our grounds at 18017 107th Ave SW, Vashon, WA.

We encourage visitors to Mukai Farm & Garden to vote for their favorite haiku for the People’s Choice awards online or at the kiosk near our parking lot through May 22. Enter the number that corresponds to your favorite poem in the area below to vote for it. Voting is free, however a $2 donation is encouraged.

Thank you to all of our poets for your inspiring work!

1

Bruce Haulman

Heritage

Nineteen Forty Two

Vashon Japanese exiled

Strawberries ripen

2

Bruce Haulman

Social justice

Eighty years ago

May 16, 1942

Vashon’s Exile Day

3

Bruce Haulman

Heritage

Wet Lush Green Vashon

Exile and Captivity

Dry Harsh Brown Pinedale

4

Julia Mark

Social justice

Through the noise of greed

A future world is calling:

“Please, save some for me”

5

Julia Mark

Social justice

Nine-Zero-Six-Six

When the Order came, they left

Hearts cracked, heads held high

6

susan wiley

Social justice

Strawberry roots struggle

With memory in hallowed ground

Robin pulls red worms.

7

susan wiley

Reflections

Come rain drown anger

Finding place at the table

To quench and begin.

8

susan wiley

Nature

Winter sealed seeds

Prepare in deep rooted soil

Its own time for bloom.

9

Eric Odegard

Nature

Winter’s cold darkness

Our annual reminder

Sunshine starts within

10

Eric Odegard

Nature

Longing for summer’s

Hot dry days that make me long

For winter’s cool rain

11

Brit Myers

Nature

through breaks in the storm

flocks of little birds yet rise

to joyride the sky

12

Brit Myers

Nature

new dawn dew point

apprentice rainbow-maker

to the spring sunrise

13

Stan Kitashima

Nature

Sun Mountain View’s

dappled through the sky so bright

Silent in the night

14

Julia Mark

Nature

Weary Winter soul

Willing the first buds of Spring

Nature turns, laughing

15

Ted Gibblons

Nature

The bald eagle squeaks:

No need for bel canto: he

Has lunch in silence.

16

Ted Gibblons

Nature

Ruby throat Hummers

Don’t take guff from an Anna.

Diva dives crown queens.

17

Hilary Emmer

Nature

The frogs awaken

The orchestra of croaks sing

Vashon spring is here

18

Hilary Emmer

Nature

Pink flowers of plum

Brighten our minds with color

Warmer days ahead

19

Hilary Emmer

Nature

Daffodils open

Yellow white along the trails

Tears fall from my eyes

20

Eric Odegard

Reflections

Writing a haiku

Wondering if it’s wrong to

Use a pseudonym

21

Colleen Melody

Reflections

Work, dim sum, Showbox,

baseball, Costco, lunch with dad.

Three-boat schedule, please.

22

Brit Myers

Reflections

Love’s penmanship is

writing bad haikus with Dad

as we laugh & laugh

23

Emeilia Odegard

Reflections

Whirring in the sky,

Blocking out the big, bright, sun,

Tennis ball soaring.

24

JT Wingett

Reflections

be still be one be

at peace be open be here

be steady have faith

25

JT Wingett

Reflections

have love have grace have

humility have patience

have heart take over

26

Colleen Melody

Reflections

Patience rewarded!

The two-year winter now ends

With hugs from old friends.

27

Colleen Melody

Reflections

Shy, sheltered toddler

Sees her first busy playground.

Her wide eyes say, “Huh?!”

28

Emeilia Odegard

Young Poets

Dreaming in the dark,

The future glitters ahead,

Among changing worlds.

29

Emeilia Odegard

Young Poets

Please don’t label me,

It is confusing and strange,

Because I don’t know.

30

JT Wingett

Reflections

shape shifting soldiers

from another universe

stealing frozen heads

31

Stan Kitashima

Reflections

Freedom mystified

Illusion or delusion

Living in a lie

32

Stan Kitashima

Reflections

Little boat swaying

To and fro rock and roll

Dreaming where to go

33

Ted Gibblons

Reflections

Cemetery Road:

Forest walk, raven calls echo.

Green graveyard sun: thanks.

34

Christine Consolacion

Reflections

You remember me

Hello there, It’s been some time

Wipe the mirror down

35

Christine Consolacion

Reflections

Give me gentleness

The warm embrace of the sun

Reminds me of it

36

Christine Consolacion

Reflections

Those moments in time

We cherish for a lifetime

Be still, my dear self

37

P Plympton Branson

Nature

Beautiful rainbow

Touching my eternal soul

There for all to see

38

Debbie Butler

Nature

it’s real wet today

atmospheric river? huh…

used to call it rain

39

Debbie Butler

Nature

earth’s turn: unchanging

time dances while we skip rope

across the clock’s face

40

Goran Gatalica

Nature

memories of the war

catching the flyaway seeds

father’s harvester

41

Goran Gatalica

Nature

just another world

in my grandmother’s basket

the first strawberries

42

Goran Gatalica

Nature

with clear awareness

harvested from my father’s field

vibrant strawberries

43

Barbara G Hoonan

Nature

Like silk, the fog drifts,

concealing the outstretched arms

of ancient hemlocks

44

Barbara G Hoonan

Nature

In silence, we walk

Above, the raven observes

trailside companion

45

Barbara G Hoonan

Reflections

Morning’s icy breath

reminds me to be thankful

for refuge, for home.

46

Harriet Shull

Nature

Lovely Mount Rainier

Seen from our island across the bay

Majestic beauty

47

P Plympton Branson

Reflections

Granddaughters show love

In an unsuspecting way

Touch my heart daily

48

Chee Wong

Reflections

We wander alone,

Along the old beaten track,

Dreams only known to us.

49

The Salish Sea School Students — By Jack (10), Claiborne (11), Kenzia (10), Evan (9), Erin (9)

Young Poets

Black and white orcas

Need salmon for their babies

Southern Residents

50

The Salish Sea School Students— By Isla (7), Sailor (8), Lena (7), Elliot (6), Bronwyn (8)

Young Poets

J Pod’s new baby

Is adorable and small

Cute, cute, cute, cute, cute

51

The Salish Sea School Students— By Sawyer (7), Eli (6), William (6), Piper (6), Noelle (6)

Young Poets

Hy’shqa’s new baby

Cute, tiny, and rubbery

Well wishes for both

52

Amelia Stone

Young Poets

What is a haiku?

I don’t know how about you?

Five seven five what??!!

53

Willa Lee and June Lee

Young Poets

I sat on coral

I did it on accident

Sorry to the fish

54

Willa Lee and June Lee

Young Poets

Obama shave ice

So sweet, sour, and yummy

Spill it in the car

55

Willa Lee and June Lee

Young Poets

Palm and coconut

Are they made of wood or not?

I don’t think they are.

56

Kai DiZazzo

Young Poets

Owls live in the trees

They build nests in cavities

I want to live there

57

Rebecca Graves

Reflections

Synchronicity

Abounds, and once in a while

Allows us a glimpse.

58

Rebecca Graves

Reflections

Terrifying times.

My stultified life so rued,

Now a warm blanket.

59

Chee Wong

Nature

Christmas in July,

When pionsettias dress in red,

In a street parade.

60

Chee Wong

Nature

A walking pilgrim,

Across mountains and valleys,

In the winter snow.

61

Kenny Alton

Reflections

Living lonely days

Now I am a falling star

Kissing the Earth’s lips

62

Carpe Diem (no name given)

Young Poets

A shining mountain

A beautiful vast forest

And a wolf lives there

63

Carpe Diem (no name given)

Young Poets

Spring time is here now

A fox comes out of its den

And catches a mouse

64

Carpe Diem (no name given)

Young Poets

The bunny hops fast

Looking hard for her burrow

She finds her burrow

65

Helena J. Folkestad

Young Poets

The bunny hops past

Quick as a wave, fast as wind

Carrot for dinner

66

Mairin

Young Poets

Pine tree with needles

You pine tree are wind and hill

Pine tree you are earth

67

Zoey

Young Poets

Trees wave in the wind

The wind whistles and howls

The forest is calm

68

Carpe Diem (no name given)

Young Poets

A rooster looks up

A call shatters the silence

A rooster waits too

69

Duncan

Young Poets

A cat took a nap

And caught some mice

Then went back to sleep

70

Truman O’Brien

Nature

Swoop, dive, soar and chirp

Fresh mown grass on a sunny day

The swallows return

71

Dawn Smart

Nature

Spring’s morning sun

streams in, reveals golden day

Eyes widen, hearts laugh

72

Dawn Smart

Nature

Night stillness broken

faint whisper of summer wind

Heron lifts skyward

73

Dawn Smart

Reflections

Laughter encircles

family and friends once more

releasing pent joy

74

Lucinda Boyle

Nature

Morning blackbirds trill

scattering petals like snow

on bright daffodils

75

Lucinda Boyle

Nature

I wade through a pond

My boot gets stuck in the mud

I pull it free: “squelch”

76

Lucinda Boyle

Nature

Actinomycetes

celebrate the springtime rains

with sweet petrichor

78

Kenny Alton

Reflections

Each step like a tear

Falling from the face of love

Joy is confusing

79

Kenny Alton

Nature

Sun upon my skin

Clouds mirror my open eyes

A soul awakens

80

Andrea Bakke

Nature

Earthworms come alive

Wriggling, squiggling in the bin

My garbage, their food

81

Andrea Bakke

Nature

The South Wind rolls in

Its white caps take to the north

Now we wait for rain

82

Andrea Bakke

Reflections

Leading his people

Zelenskyy’s a true hero

Ukraine will prevail

83

Jane Neubauer

Nature

Red currents full bloom

yellow daffodils smiling

joyous gifts of March

84

Bart Diener

Reflections

Last year I was robbed

It will not happen again

My wife is a judge

85

Jason Staczek

Reflections

it’s omicron time

be sure to keep your mask on

stay safe, okay? bye.

86

Adele Evershed

Social Justice

watching the parade

the children waving bunting

the men waving guns

87

Adele Evershed

Reflections

sacred waterfall

the loud cascade of blueness

dripping down her wrist

88

Adele Evershed

Reflections

the spring moon waning

she drops her green kimono

behind cloud cover

89

Manda Long

Nature

It’s pretty serene

Seagulls call like blaring horns

Breaks the quiet calm

90

Manda Long

Nature

The screen stares at me

Aching eyes longing to be

Staring out window

91

Manda Long

Reflections

Hello my sofa

Catch me on comfy cushions

Let me smoosh my cheeks

92

Devon DeLapp

Nature

Yellow light lays down

In a forest’s blue black bed

Like fire, frozen

93

Noa Martin

Young Poets

Venus has gas clouds

the clouds are poisonous

but it has no moons

94

Owen DeLapp

Young Poets

Volcano booms big

Hot lava spreads into beds

Darkness covers all

95

Owen DeLapp

Young Poets

Weather strikes, big winds

Houses fall down on the ground

Storm passed, calm again

96

Kathryn True

Nature

At the last moment

I tuck the two-spot feather

Into my pocket

97

Kathryn True

Nature

On platinum sea

Sun throws a rainbow dagger

Gray horizon bleeds

98

Kathryn True

Nature

In a tiny vase,

last haiku from the old plum

Lichened branch blossoms

99

Cherie Suzuki

Young Poets

a sip of hojicha tea

puppy cuddles on my knee

raindrops fall on leaves

100

Cherie Suzuki

Young Poets

walk to the tee box

birds chirping, my heart beating

one, two, whoosh, ball flies

101

Cherie Suzuki

Young Poets

cherry petals fall

then ride with the free spring wind

I wear new pink shoes

102

Kim Van Cleave

Social Justice

Scars, pain, fear, chains, death

Learning, evolving, growing

Seeds, love, hope, smiles, life

103

Kim Van Cleave

Social Justice

anathema then

intersectionality

It begins to bloom

104

Kim Van Cleave

Nature

Sakura hana

Watashi no hana desu

Appreciation

105

Tracy Koncilja

Reflections

Across the water

Buoys blinking red and green

Stars shine on Vashon

106

Tracy Koncilja

Reflections

Loud laughter, no masks

Patrons revel in freedom

Raise a glass of wine

107

Tracy Koncilja

Nature

Magnolia trees

Reaching to drink spring sunbeams

Bursting pink petals

108

Isabelle Reilly

Reflections

blanket ‘round your waist,

extra cream in my coffee;

today we are small

109

Isabelle Reilly

Reflections

perhaps there’s no god

to rule us but the weather

and cats’ snack schedules.

110

Isabelle Reilly

Reflections

our hands are shovels;

we’ll learn to talk with worms and

dig to the earth’s core

111

Tanya Andrious

Reflections

Despair undermines

Dislocating sense of self

Towards destruction

112

Tanya Andrious

Social Justice

Oh propaganda

Persuasive and dangerous

Hard to tell the truth

113

Tanya Andrious

Nature

Depleted and dry

Tears unleashed from the Heavens

Bringing life from death

114

R.D Walton

Nature

The clouds gray and heavy

Rumble and roll with thunder,

Heralds of the storm.

115

R.D Walton

Reflections

The blood has gone dry

The bodies, settled beyond,

The war never ends.

116

R.D Walton

Nature

A blanket of stars

Settles over the heavens,

Lays the world to sleep.

117

Valentina Ranaldi-Adams

Reflections

banners of yellow

and blue are now everywhere . . .

a faraway war

118

Christopher Calvin

Heritage

ring of mountains

circling the histories

of our heritage

119

Christopher Calvin

Nature

the sunflower field

morning greeting…deepens as

twilight turns sunlight

120

Christopher Calvin

Reflections

lily pond

me and windless ripples

soul reflection

121

Susan McCabe

Reflections

Spoon with man and dog

Morning dawns warm with snuggles

Starts a perfect day

122

Susan McCabe

Nature

Bird strikes my window

We share a longing gaze then

Hungry hawk takes her

123

Susan McCabe

Nature

Blossoms pink the sky

Cherry bloom scent fills the air

I inhale spring’s breath

124

Jane Irish Nelson

Nature

Robins, skunk cabbages,

And pussywillow catkins,

Harbingers of spring.

125

Jane Irish Nelson

Reflections

Sunflowers, blue skies,

But everyone is worried,

Thinking of Ukraine.

126

Jane Irish Nelson

Heritage

Genealogy,

Looking for our ancestors,

Stories of their lives.

127

Tim Avolio-Toly

Reflections

She sleeps safe and sound

Curling like a shell against me

Her breath is a wave

128

Tim Avolio-Toly

Nature

Quick to the feeder

They fight with feathers flapping

None are discouraged

129

Tim Avolio-Toly

Nature

The Dogwood blooms again

Not in full, but in promise

Of a life in Spring

130

Tohma Ono

Young Poets

The tranquility

A nice cool breeze on my face

Around me birds sing

131

Tohma Ono

Young Poets

The ocean waves crash

Colorful fish everywhere

The big coral reef

132

Tohma Ono

Young Poets

The starry night sky

Stars that make many patterns

The big milky way

133

Brinley Hamilton

Young Poets

The rain is falling

The night is dark and cold

Stars are shining bright

134

Jaidyn Rumburg-Scherler

Young Poets

I adore horses

You can ride them. It is fun.

I only rode once

135

Jacquelyn Wegley

Young Poets

Nature is pretty

I love Nature so so much

I love the green leaves

136

Freddy Holverstott

Young Poets

Nice garden bright green

Trees blowing in the wind

Flowers blooming bright

137

Annalia Hetrick-Richmond

Young Poets

Trees are beautiful

Flowers are beautiful too

And that’s nature’s way

138

Charlottte Sordenstone

Young Poets

Gallup horses trot

Jump jump jump click click click clack

Now stop stop halt

139

Dominic (Chappie) Oko

Young Poets

Ice cream is good yay

And cat yay yay yay yay yay

Dogs too yay yay yay

140

Declan (Ducky) Harpole

Young Poets

Creeper moo moo moo

Creeper moo moo moo moo moo

Creeper moo moo moo

141

Juno Leonard

Young Poets

Birds chorus, finding

Seeds, friends, foes throughout the day

Simple says peaceful

142

Juno Leonard

Young Poets

Threats enough we have

Our home planet in danger

Yet we destroy more

143

Juno Leonard

Young Poets

Down in the marshlands

Where the reeds grow, frogs chatter

Singing of springtime

144

Bonnie Wilkins

Reflections

Watching snow melting,

letting go of the to-do list.

What is wrong with that?

145

Bonnie Wilkins

Reflections

Busted by police

for writing a bad haiku,

tail between his legs.

146

Bonnie Wilkins

Nature

Snow drops to the ground,

freeing the burdened pine-bough.

I am still, and watch.

147

Tom Wilkins

Reflections

Fresh baked whole wheat bread.

The air heady with fragrance.

Yes, there is a God.

148

Tom Wilkins

Nature

A rustling of leaves

A quick feathery darting,

How I love the wren!

149

Tom Wilkins

Nature

Yellows and soft pink.

Cherry and forsythia

Glow against the dark forest.

150

Jill Andrews

Nature

Rousing dawn chorus

a recessional hymn

departing seabirds

151

Dan Iulian

Social Justice

refugee shelter –

the orphan child spelling “home”

in a foreign tongue

152

Dan Iulian

Heritage

around the wood stove –

the grandmother moved into

an endless story

153

Dan Iulian

Nature

bees and wasps and drones –

sharing the colorful light

of the same blossoms

154

Lucas Logan

Young Poets

The eagle flies high

The heron has a long neck

The sky is pretty!

155

Collete Hoglund

Nature

seasoned cattails molt

unfolding fluffy hairdos

blessings in the wind

156

Collete Hoglund

Nature

geothermal mist

ethereal ascension

smoke signal prayers

157

Collete Hoglund

Reflections

enduring the storm

blowing shadows from my bones

heart begins anew

158

Debbie Butler

Heritage

Caucasian grandpa

Fort Lincoln Internment Camp

they took Germans, too

159

Tomosumi

Heritage

strawberry fields

my ojiisan remembers

summertime kisses

160

Tomosumi

Social justice

facing east to west

sunflowers rise up against

Cumulonimbus

161

Tomosumi

Reflections

watercolor brush

Kenjiro Nomura paints

assembly centers

162

Benjamin Gould

Heritage

Whence? I ask my gods

And what rites? What relation?

These feet will walk home

163

Benjamin Gould

Heritage

Do-re-mi-fa! So….

Hear One Voice Willing the Dawn

Courage blinding mourn

164

Benjamin Gould

Nature

Anther’s red whisper

Pistils invoking ripe breath

rhythmic, All knowing

165

P Plympton Branson

Reflections

Brush long hair again

Feel the generations lapse

Time stood still today

166

Stephanie Seeley

Nature

Look On The Water

See In The Water, Under

Eyes Delights of Sights.

167

Stephanie Seeley

Nature

Woodpecker Laughing

But Is That Bird Mocking Me?

He Just Laughs Because.

168

Dulce Rozon

Nature

Bees flutter around

Smell of sweet flowers abound

Spring is here for now

169

Dulce Rozon

Nature

Raindrops on the ground

The smell of rain fills the air

April comes our way

170

Anna Shomsky

Nature

A murder of crows

Stitching the sky together

On sharp needle wings

171

Anna Shomsky

Nature

The sky divided

By electrical wires

Like eroded quartz

172

Anna Shomsky

Nature

Washing our ankles

In the icy mountain spring

Then stepping in mud

173

Daya Bhat

Nature

koel’s early notes

grazing the magnolias

summer in sharp four

174

Daya Bhat

Nature

teeth sink in gunwales

dripping down from my elbows

these ripe mango boats

175

Daya Bhat

Nature

lost in the chorus

baritones of cicadas

the making of stars

176

Karen Kent

Nature

River in the sky

Rains come–quenching–seed and shoots

Reach up to join it

177

Karen Kent

Nature

Spring is the promise

Morning peaks in the window

Sooner every day

178

Karen Kent

Nature

Washed in on the tide

Endless wonders dot the sand

Pockets full of gifts

179

Stephanie Seeley

Reflections

Cold Shirt Does Not Keep

The Fire Inside, Spider

Might Be There Instead.

180

Dulce Rozon

Reflections

Thoughts in constant flight

Staggering through day and night

Hearts delight and fright

181

Holden Hamilton

Young Poets

Mukai is pretty

Strawberries and history

Canning plant and fruit

182

Jen Huntley

Nature

Spring’s forest jewel

Indian Plum Chandeliers

Pew! Smells like Cat Pee!

183

Perry Yip

Young Poets

Albatross are cool.

They are good at flying far.

They love squid. Me too.

184

Tina Anderson

Reflections

He never knew you

Gone before you met your son

Young man in photo

185

Tina Anderson

Nature

Dark raven guide me

Deep into these verdant woods

Mosses dripping dew

186

Tina Anderson

Nature

Oh sweet hand in mine

On this trail we discover

New worlds to explore

187

Allison Do

Nature

A foggy morning –

Reaching out into the mist

Grasping for a thought

188

Allison Do

Reflections

how to measure growth –

what should have I accomplished

at twenty-seven?

189

Allison Do

Heritage

Have you eaten yet?

A Chinese call and response,

I can always eat

190

Mihovila Čeperić-Biljan

Nature

bullet casing

my re-planted cherry

in bloom

191

Mihovila Čeperić-Biljan

Nature

our cherry in bloom …

my father’s hands

alive again

192

Marian Brennan

Nature

Barren brumal branch

a red berry clings

by an icy thread

193

Marian Brennan

Nature

Haiku 2: Full-moon maple leaves

listening to soft voices

near a mossy stone

194

Marian Brennan

Nature

Ivory sloup drifts

wind sweeping the Salish Sea

inflates the canvas sail.

195

Linda Allen

Reflections

bought a vintage truck

then picked up a one arm tan

escape when i can

196

Linda Allen

Reflections

possibly, sometimes?

chronically indecisive?

hmmm? perhaps i am

197

Linda Allen

Reflections

hoya cut from mum’s

sprigs smuggled across border

home now rooting here

198

Samantha Wright

Nature

Blackberry twilight

sugar-sprinkled, stumbling dusk

sunlight in shadow

199

Samantha Wright

Nature

Softly, pink snow sighs

Songbirds predict early blooms

Cherry trees oblige

200

Samantha Wright

Nature

Quickening soil knocks

Larkspur and lilac agree

It is time to grow

201

David McClellan

Nature

Soft moss on my roof

Eats the shingles, bit by bit

And such pretty fuzz

202

David McClellan

Nature

One-oh-eight degrees

Heat wave like never ever

Sand dollars at risk

203

David McClellan

Heritage

Logs, fish, crops, bricks, ships

Vashon-Maury history

now commuters, arts

204

Reid Wegley

Nature

Salty Sea Lion

Slaps a Seagull with a fish

While I rinse a dish

205

Holden Hamilton

Young Poets

Crashing together

A gas cloud and nebula

It looks so pretty

206

Ella Odegard

Young Poets

Today you can keep

square roots and fractions, while I

take trees and tadpoles

207

Ella Odegard

Young Poets

Climbing up a tree.

Does it get better than this?

The branches doubt it.

208

Ella Odegard

Young Poets

even when we think

we’re old, important, busy

let’s still be laughing

209

Jane Valencia

Nature

Cold outside with dog

Stars freeze too — night is punctured

Strokes of silver — swans!

210

Thomas Parobek

Nature

Still and quiet path

The forest seems as fiction

Light stepping of foot

211

Thomas Parobek

Reflections

Elusive dark sleep

Heavy laden droomy trance

Lonely night remains

212

Thomas Parobek

Nature

Crackling snap of wood

Glow of slow flame and ember

Smoke dances upward

213

Tom Conway

Reflections

October harvest

Boxed and stored on the back porch

Sweetness comes with time

214

Tom Conway

Nature

Tulips lilt for light,

Slow dancing between shadows,

Petaled chorus line

215

Tom Conway

Nature

Cooped up hens and chicks

Jack in the box each morning

Clucking choir released

216

Rachel Keil

Reflections

You don’t know the pain

That is silently carried

Like lead in my bones

217

Rachel Keil

Reflections

Trail spreads before me

Mind wandering on its own

Legs know the way

218

Rachel Keil

Reflections

You filled the spaces

Ones I didn’t know were there

So much empty space

219

Katherine Helgeland

Reflections

Sun rising, eyes wide

Golden glow warms sacred earth

See God’s finest church

220

Katherine Helgeland

Nature

White butts in the field

Moving slowly up the hill

Soon elk disappear

221

Katherine Helgeland

Heritage

I remember you

Uff da, lefse, namen do

Yuck! Lutefisk too

222

Greer Cardoza

Young Poets

Shining in the sky

Illuminating the night

With the stars by its side

223

Greer Cardoza

Young Poets

Lift off of the ground

With your pretty feathered wings

Launch into the sky

224

Greer Cardoza

Young Poets

A hurt cry for help

Silently we do not hear it

Our earth is crying

225

Marlowe Cardoza

Young Poets

Future, Present, Past

These words mean nothing to time

It just keeps moving

226

Marlowe Cardoza

Young Poets

A deep indigo

a twisting and turning moon

and gentle bright stars

227

Marlowe Cardoza

Young Poets

Walk up to the shrine

Underneath the Torii gate

Kamisama home

228

Fae Cardoza

Young Poets

The moon is bright but

it can change to crescent circles

and skinny crescent

229

Fae Cardoza

Young Poets

The clouds are big but

can be gone very soon in

very cold weather

230

Fae Cardoza

Young Poets

Hawks are beautiful

the sun is more beautiful

The full moon is too

231

Burke Michaels

Reflections

The old man farts loudly

Splash the earth cries in much pain

Boom flip crack smash goes the man

232

Burke Michaels

Social Justice

Death and plague break souls

War and pain destroy ukraine

people help and hurt

233

Debra Paulsen

Nature

Leaf fell, then eagle

rose to become cloud. Rain touched

my face like feathers.

234

Debra Paulsen

Reflections

No better time to

Die, to send one’s soul tumbling

with Autumn’s last leaves.

235

Adi Shepard

Nature

Yellow daffodils,

Bright and sunny with kindness,

Smile blooms on my face

236

Adi Shepard

Social Justice

Suspicious looks cast

his way, his charcoal skin a

Threat, hatred can kill.

237

Adi Shepard

Social Justice

She was innocent,

That didn’t seem to matter.

Shots fired, blood stains sheets.

238

Petra Hilderbrand

Young Poets

Strawberry mountain

Tall and short or steep and flat

Always welcoming

239

Petra Hilderbrand

Young Poets

“Buzz” go the bees

Bees comb honey in their hive

Bees pollinating

240

Petra Hilderbrand

Young Poets

Vashon Washington

A cute island in the sound

Will always be home

241

Stephen Hilderbrand

Nature

Gossamer threads fields

Woven so swift and gently

Ensnares passing flies

242

Stephen Hilderbrand

Heritage

Strawberry island

We all must work to preserve

Welcome home, Vashon

243

Stephen Hilderbrand

Reflections

Ferries kiss, reflect

Surrounded by sound around

Sing out, you are here

244

Sebastian Chrobak

Reflections

friendship in progress

the taste of our strawberries

sweeter every day

245

Henry Herridge

Young Poets

Ice Cream is good yay

Dogs yay yay yay yay yay yay yay

And cats too yay yay



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