Golden Haiku: 2019 Award Winners!


…a short poem that uses imagistic language to convey an experience.
– Haiku Society of America

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is proud to announce winners of its 6th annual Golden Haiku Competition which invites poets and aspiring poets to submit haiku to be judged by an expert panel.

This year we received nearly 2,000 entries from 50 countries and 41 states, and the District of Columbia. Our judges chose their top three haiku,  including D.C. winner, honorable mentions and dozens of judges’ favorites to be displayed on more than 300 signs adorning tree boxes throughout the Golden Triangle, and they can be viewed online. We hope the haiku will bring a smile to commuters and visitors alike and brighten the winter landscape as flowers began to bloom.

The “Spring in the City” theme fostered haiku invoking images of thawing sidewalks and blooming cherry blossoms in front of the judges and we are excited for the winners to line the iconic city streets. Read more about the competition and winners in our press release online.

Find all of the printed signs here.

Golden Haiku is sponsored by:

2019 Golden Haiku Winners

First Place:

night bus…
a handprint fills
with moonlight

— Paul Chambers

Second Place:

spring rain
a tire swing
full of tadpoles

— Malintha Perera

Third Place and DC Winner:

reaching the top
of the metro escalator –
a warm breeze

— Jonathan Lewis

Honorable Mentions

when a crumb
is enough

—  Jeffrey Hoagland

spring thaw
the dead branch weighs
on my mind

—  Michelle Barnes


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