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April is Poetry Month – A Zen Moment from the Rowayton Library

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Rowayton Library's Haiku Contest

Rowayton Library's Seventh Annual Haiku Contest Winners - 2012

The Rowayton Library has held its annual Haiku Contest for the community for seven years and it is still going strong.  More than 270 Haiku were submitted for review by our judge, award winning poet Vinni Marie D’Ambrosio.

Anyone can write a Haiku and, at the Rowayton Library, everyone is a winner (of a Rowayton Library pencil just for entering).

And why would you enter?

Why would you take a moment to write a Haiku?

For the pencil?

Maybe.

Or…

maybe for experiencing that moment, that ability to capture a moment in time and share it – by writing a Haiku.

It is that Zen moment and we would like to share with you – the Haiku moments of this year’s winners.

(listed alphabetically by first name)

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-Aidan Maloney

It’s a wonderful

Day I see red leaves, roses

Thorns poison ivy?!?!?!

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-Aidan Maloney

Gleaming stars twinkle

In the shimmering light of

The winking white moon

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-Aidan Maloney

Nothingness looms in

The deeply depressed dark sky

Until the stars light

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-Aidan Maloney

I am a thunder cloud

I am a lightening bolt

I’m amazing weather

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School

-Aidan Maloney

“Ring!” children’s voices

Fill the jammed hallway “Ring!”

School’s out kids sprint home

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Winter

-Alexa Flores

Winter, oh winter

The snow is gleaming, (sparkle)

Oh winter, oh wind

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Winter

-Annika Friedrichsen

Winter morning sun

Rises against the cold snow

Melts it all away

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Summer

-Austin Keller

Summer is steaming,

Steaming hot, burning my feet,

On the burning sand

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-Bianca Kave

Nature’s wind blows softly

They whisper I am here now

As they soar through kites

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-Bianca Kave

Don’t you know there’s a

Winter fairy that flutters

Don’t you know she’s real?

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Winter

-Billy Begos

Snow flies through my hair

Snow truck rumbles down the lane

Pushing snow aside

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Spring

-Billy Begos

Worms crawl under me

Crawling under the spring wind

Making richer soil

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Autumn

-Billy Begos

Falling down down down

Leaves crunching under my feet

Everlasting sound

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Summer

-Billy Begos

Waves crashing at my feet

Moving golden sands aside

Cold and refreshing

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Autumn

-Billy Begos

Autumn’s here and now

Leaves are falling very fast

Autumn is awesome

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Summer

-Billy Begos

Spring’s left, come outside

The waves crashing by my side

Yay,   it’s summertime

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Breana Alvarez

The sea is crashing

Waves, cold, blue, ocean water

Rolls in really fast

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Ocean

-Claire Ripperger

Starfish stick to rocks

Sharks chasing prey for their lunch

Dolphins swim with joy

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Winter Time

-Dairelys Miser

Winter winter winter is here!

Burr burr winter is cold burr burr!

Burr burr burr winter!

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Spring is here

-Evelyn Barragan

Flowers in my hair

The grass rubs against my feet

I’m welcoming spring

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-Finley Harris

Rain falls on the ground

My umbrella is broken

Now I can’t go out!

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-Gabriella Larsen

My mom’s car glowed in

The dark as she was driving

I was watching her

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Winter

-Gracie Stadler

Winter snowflakes

As white as a polar bear

It is very cool

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Peace

-Greer Lammens

The storm has ended

The birds are starting to sing

The world is at peace

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The Ocean

-Greer Lammens

A big wonderland

Filled with fish, serpents, and more

One place I call home

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Fall

-Isabella Bartilucci

Leaves fall from the trees

Blowers spin leaves in the air

Like a tornado

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Spring

-Isabella Fortuna

Spring has come again

Rose petals bloom on bushes

And worms come around

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-Jack Farrar

The sun shines on the

Ocean as beautiful fish

Swim through the great depths

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-Jack Farrar

Something is somewhere,

A bush? Behind a tree? Or…

Maybe its just me

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-Jack Farrar

The shells are scattered

All along the shore mixed with

Beautiful red rocks

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-Jack Farrar

I like how the sun

Rises in the east and sets

In the far far west

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-Jack Farrar

Bunnies jump around

In circles like happy goats

When winter begins

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-Jack Farrar

The bugs fly through the

air wildly while the bats chase

The flies rapidly

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-Jack Farrar

Flowers bloom in the

Beautiful garden of the

Kings ancient palace

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-Jack Farrar

The storm has ended

Thunder won’t boom anymore

Here comes the warm sun

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Falling leaves

-James Yallop

Leaves have changed colors

Now they will fall down the trees

And fly with the wind

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Falling snow

-James Yallop

Snow is falling down

Soft flakes landing on my tongue

Turn into water

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Growing trees

-James Yallop

Seeds have been planted

Now they will rise from the ground

Heading for the skies

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-John Fassett

Spring, flowers blooming

Deer prancing, rabbits bouncing,

All great things in spring

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Flowers

-Juliet DiTaranto

Flowers are pretty

They have fun shining like stars

They like to show off

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Clouds

-Juliet DiTaranto

The clouds float around

They are like huge cotton balls

And they also cry

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-Kathleen Conway

Mourning doves return

Blue cloudless sky, hawk circling

poAH, coo, coo, coo

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-Kathleen Conway

One drop of water

Rests on anonymous leaf

Makes a perfect shelf

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Sky

-Katie Lane

Blue high up above

There’re white pillows in the sky

And sleet and snow come

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-Kate Lane

Pebbles of water

They trickle down fast and slow

Splash, on my window

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Sunset

-Kate Lane

Sunset in my eye

Over the hill in the sky

Then at six am

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-Macy Baker

Rain drops keep falling

On my head the dog is wet

Oh my what a mess

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-Malcolm

Along came a bee

Actually stung my tongue

Then there was a swarm

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Winter

-Morgan Reichman

The snow covered trees

Blow in the freezing cold wind

As I walk outside

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Natalia Fortuna

As I run back home

I feel the wind on my face

I forgot my coat

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-Natalia Fortuna

I see the white fog

It blocks the bright big hot sun

Then the sun moves

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-Natalie Ramos

The pumpkin watched as

The kids came up the steps to

Get their trick or treat

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-Natalie Ramos

Kids were swimming in

The hot summery day as

Adults tried to tan

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-Pat Begos

Partly sunny, clouds

Chance of rain 50 percent

Tomorrow, windy

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-Rachel Smith

Wind is much rougher

Than it was in the summer

Which means Fall is here

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-Rachel Smith

When the sun rises

It does a happy sun dance

Also when it sets

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Spring

-Robbie Whitney

Spring is blooming fast

Everything is pretty

Why would I dare blink?

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The Forrest

-Robbie Whitney

The leaves go crackle

The branches cover the sun

And the squirrels run free

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Storm

-Sebastian Tchkotoua

Lighting is striking,

Rain is pouring down, down, down

In a great harsh storm

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-Sebastian Tchkotoua

“Roar, chirp, moo, bak- bak”

Who is saying these weird things?

Animals, all types

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-Sebastian Tchkotoua

Words, words like big, BIG!!!

Words, words like small, small! Are all…

Parts of nature, BIG!!!

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The Beach

-Stella Widmer

Walking on the beach

My feet melt into the sand

They soon disappear

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Wind Mystery

-Tom R Ward

Wind is blowing now

How can it go by itself?

No one understands

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Summer’s Return

-William Owen McClung

Waves are crashing fast,

Crashing on my chest and limbs,

Summer has returned

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Frigid water

-Wyatt Machette

The oceans very cold

You jump in – shivers down your back,

You’re out in a flash

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Rain fall

-Wyatt Machette

The rain falls in drops

Puddles form in dimples of earth

Kids now play in them

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Day light

-Wyatt Machette

Sun rays hit the ground

Light cascades over our world,

Morning comes quickly

And, following the long established tradition of celebrating nature with poetry, the Rowayton Library is holding a celebration and poetry reading honoring the winners.  The winners are invited to come read their winning poems.  Friends and Family are invited to the festivities and to sample a selection of Italian desserts and coffee on Sunday, April 22 at 1pm at the Rowayton Library.

Vinni Marie D’Ambrosio has been the judge for the Rowayton Library’s Haiku Contest since its inception.  A graduate of Smith College and New York University, Vinni Marie D’Ambrosio, Ph. D., is a poet and scholar whose work is found in anthologies, journals, newspapers, as well as in her collections of poems, An Italian Morning (Waterside Press), Life of Touching Mouths (New York University Press), in her long narrative poem, Mexican Gothic (about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, woodcuts by Karen Kunc, Blue Heron Press), and in her cultural study of T.S. Eliot’s youth, Eliot Possessed (New York University Press). Her poem “Copper Beech” appears on a public memorial monument commissioned by New York City.

The definition for Haiku for this contest was as follows:

An original poem of 17 syllables in 3 lines written in the format of: line 1 in 5 syllables, line 2 in 7 syllables, and  line 3 in 5 syllables; Depicting a season; Describing an event of nature; Without violence.

The Rowayton Library, 33 Highland Avenue, Rowayton, CT.  For more information, please call the Library at (203) 838-5038.  This program is free and open to the public.

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