WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haibun Winner

[UPDATED: Top 10 list below. Congratulations to all in the top 10!]

Okay, I left my brain in Georgia (currently up in Ohio) along with my Top 10 list for the haibun challenge. I will update this post when I get back down to Georgia, but I don’t need my list to remember the winning haibun. It’s not because the other haibuns were not excellent; it’s because this haibun haunted me personally (as the father of five children).

Look for updates next week, but here’s the winning haibun in the meantime:

Splash of Silence, by Taylor Graham

He left his room in disarray – toy cars scattered, coloring books on the floor with broken crayons. He didn’t make his bed this morning. How his mother would like to straighten the sheets, pull up the comforter, and fluff the pillow in its place. She watches at the window as a searcher follows his dog down the street.

creekwater giggles –
a deep pool under willow
dances small debris


Wow! Please congratulate Taylor. She wrote an amazing haibun.

But she’s not alone. Here are the rest of the top 10:

  1. Splash of Silence, by Taylor Graham
  2. Widow’s Walk, by Andrea Fleming
  3. Cricket, by Walt Wojtanik
  4. “Riding the ocean waves…,” by Marjory M. Thompson
  5. Twenty Games Back, by Bruce Niedt
  6. “In the cooling shade…,” by Jane Hoover
  7. Her Tokens, by Taylor Graham
  8. “Tiny feet splash…,” by Sheila Moore
  9. Implosion, by Marie Elena
  10. Labor Day in Texas, by ChristineA


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29 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haibun Winner

  1. SheilaM

    Great job, Taylor and everyone else. Been out of it for a couple weeks so just now making it back to my blog rounds. Excited to see my name up there, too. Thanks, Robert! Sorry for the late reply.

  2. Marjory MT

    Oh, Yes, Taylor. A fantastic job of writing. Sharing so much …. Thank You.

    Congratulations to each of the others in the “Top Ten”.

    And Robert – Thank You for your encouragement. I am delighted to be included in your selection.
    I look forward to returning to review the offerings again. It is a great poet form that lends itself (as shown) to many feelings and thoughts.

  3. Marie Elena

    Ohmigosh! Thank you so much, Robert!!

    Taylor, “Her Tokens” was my favorite of all. Big time congratulations on three (3!) of the top 10!

    Congratulations to all the top tenners! I have to say that I would have traded my own out for Sharon’s. Sharon, yours is included in my own list, for certain.

  4. Heather H

    Congratulations, Taylor! This was a wonderful haibun. However, my personal favorite was the one you wrote about the the search in the woods, with the dog’s light. All of your entries were beautifully done.

  5. dandelionwine

    This poem comes from someone very familiar with a dog’s search… I remember this one standing out, too, though I must admit I seek out your poetry in the long lists of entries. Beautiful work. Congratulations!


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