Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Haiku (Last) Monday Winner: Bloom

What a cornucopia of tasty delights this (last) week's Haiku Monday'ers brought to the table!


Many apologies for the late results. I am truly sorry to have kept you waiting and messed up our time frame. To quote the Csar, "I loathe it when Haiku Monday stretches until Friday".  (Insert vaudeville drum crash.)

I began this write-up from San Diego where I have been running a conference for Mechanical Engineering University Department Heads for a week. Between our Skyped-in general session speakers, conference dinner on the Midway and managing attendees deeply offended by continental breakfast sans fruit, juice or gluten-free muffins, I have ingested your Haiku.

This is one of the best collections ever; thank you so much for playing and visiting with comments. These entries are SO DELICIOUS they’ve earned their very own personal Breakfast Pastry Award as follows!


From Becca:

kneeling at the white throne

butterflies swoosh and flutter

a life blooms inside


Csar and Rafa know well that I gag at all images grubby, distasteful and downright un-classy. Becca's rose-colored use of "white throne", and swift movement to butterflies swooshing and fluttering through a supremely joyful conclusion demonstrates a clever cut from veiled misery to awe. Her haiku almost makes me want to post another Craig's List ad and lure myself a 30-year old baby daddy. Almost.

Becca: I honor you with the Almond Croissant Award for wit, elegance, gracefulness, butterflies conjuring summer and a sweet surprise in the middle.

Also from Becca:

scribbles of color

rainbows and lollipops swirl

an artist emerges

Becca, this entry wins you the pop-art Pop-Tart award.  Your haiku offer an interesting idea on the Bloom theme: can we pinpoint the moment an artist blossoms?  Is this based on her creation—or on an audience’s appreciation (and market place’s validation?)




From Boxer:

Century old friendship,

broken by life's circumstances,

old friends walk the sea


Boxer, I honor you with the Elephant Ear Pastry Award.  Your haiku reflects time, enduring memory and patience.  This pastry is sweet but not cloying and multi-layered.

Elephant Ear Pastry Award


From Csar:                  


Stuffit Leopold.

Youtoo, Molly. Brooks's Bloom --                

A Wilder "Springtime."


1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_Bloom

2. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063462/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm#cast

Csar, you have managed to stuff a dizzying amount of material into 3 brief lines and 3 long footnotes. There hasn’t been this much head-scratching drama since Miss Aretha Franklin, mink coat over her shoulder, jar of pickled pig’s feet under her arm, strolled into a Macon hotel and dropped that jar to smash all over that lobby tile.  Good twist on the traditional use of  “Bloom”; highbrow and well-crafted; nice punctuational cut, clever use of Wilder “Springtime”--and in keeping with your current dictatorial tone. Your entry is a complex labor of love—if a somewhat aquired taste.

Csar, I bestow on you the Boyoz Turkish Pastry Award:. This savory offering is creating using a long list of instructions, a mosaic of fillings and is often garnished with deviled eggs. It’s not for everyone; but its appreciators are fervent.  You can count me among yours.



From Serendipity:                                                     

The first bloom of spring?

Shy flowers from under snow?

Not so much -- slime molds!

Excellent images and cut!  Serendipity, you have blown away our Disney-esque images of early Spring.  “Shy flowers from under the snow” captures every young girl’s dream of skipping those awkward years and morphing right from adorable child to fetching vixen.  (Wait, what?  Possibly I am projecting.)  Serene Dip, for keeping it real (a little too real), I grant you the Classic Bran Muffin Award.



From Foam:

Night shadows unfurl.

Evanescent lights flicker..

Fireflies whoop, "hump night!"



Foamy, I adore that sly and comical cut from elegant, romantic scene setting to getting DOWN!  This haiku evokes summer nights, and the poetic language in the first two lines lulls for the kill with both “whoop” and “hump”.  For this clever contrast, I bestow on you the Éclair Award.  Sure, it looks all pristine: but what happens when you bite into it?  Whoop!  All over the place.


From Karl:

Youthful beauty blooms

yet fade with time and trial

bring grace and wisdom



Karl, I particularly like your phrase “fade with time and trial”. I think your entry captures one of the classic human experiences—one that many feel we have to embrace by default.  Do we really gain grace and wisdom as we age?  Is it an acceptable trade for losing our youth and beauty?  Or are we resigned to the idea because it’s our only choice?   For the bittersweet theme that you have built your haiku around, I bestow upon you the Cranberry Bread Award.



From Rafa:

(A birthday ‘ku for his mum.)

Winter winds from north

Subside. Flowers burst to bloom

Born at cusp of Spring

Rafa, this is a lovely offering for your mom, and presents a nice mix of opposites: cool and warm, gusty to calm—bare to color: all with promise to offer.  For this lovely feeling of anticipation, I bestow upon you the ICED CINNAMON ROLL AWARD.  Your haiku is cool like the last snow upon a mountain top, warm like sprinkled cinnamon, and filled with delight like each wound up layer below.




Also from Rafa:
an ode to the sweet smells of Spring

Blushing with sun's light

Pregnant flora's wakening

Births the coming SPRING!!
Peanut and Jelly Donut Award

Rafa, for this entry’s elements of color, fragrance and fecundity you have won the Mother of all donut awards: The Donut Plant Peanut and Jelly Donut Award.


From Foam:

Eventide's moonbeam..

Shimmers on glistening shaft

Wilting happily...


Foam…I think you got everyone’s attention with this one!  Talk about afterglow.  Absolutely sensuous, langorous and a nice little twist on “bloom” with “wilting happily.”  This haiku is the best one to read outloud.

Please allow me the honor of presenting you with: 



  Italian Cream Horn Award



From the CSAR, who couldn’t resist going all traditional:

Bright bursts foretasting

Spring! Heralded arriving,

Silence when they fall.


Csar, this is beautiful.  The contrast between “heralding arriving” and “silence when they fall” is poignant.  I love the use of “bright bursts” for buds.   The “bright bursts” and bittersweet anticipation of the life cycle’s end has won you the Blueberry Lemon Scone Award.



From Serendipity:

A spring blooms with hope

when Mom called today. "I'm home...

The hip is solid!"

Very nice, Serendipity!  Excellent homage to mom’s good hip.  For that, you win the Healthy Whole Wheat and Raisin English Muffin Award!

Healthy Whole Wheat and Raisin English Muffin Award


From Fishy:

What blooms within grief?

Surely ...that first sprig of hope,

love does survive death.

Fishy, this is so touching; a theme that affects all of us sooner or later.  I like the use of “sprig”. It seems the perfect size—fragile and small.  I award you the Buttered White Toast Award for the sense of comfort that I feel from your haiku.

Buttered White Toast Award


Also from Fishy:

Rose blooms on my cheeks

spawned my Summer memories

of ocean brined flesh

Fishy, you brought the seasonal reference to life the best with this one; also, you have the best phrase with “ocean brined flesh.”  I can absolutely taste this giddy summer day with the sun, salt and slightly feverish feeling of anticipation that a light sunburn brings.  I bestow upon you the:




 From Aunty Belle:

His chill morning kiss

Burned: Scarlet efflorescence

Stained thy cheek...with shame.


Aunty, clearly there’s enough material here for a short story;  haiku did capture a whole lot of heightened emotion. I do like “scarlet efflorescence” and the old-fashioned tone.  For all the guilt and shame herein, you need an award that’s up to the task: I deem you the winner of the KRISPY KREME COMPLETE DRIVETHROUGH COLLECTION AWARD. 



And now, the finalists:
3rd place: The Csar

Bright bursts foretasting

Spring! Heralded arriving,

Silence when they fall.


2nd Place: Foam

Eventide's moonbeam..

Shimmers on glistening shaft

Wilting happily...


And, the Winner of Haiku Monday: Bloom, with the BLACKSTONE HOTEL’S FAMOUS CRUMBCAKE AWARD:



           Aunty Belle with:

'Midst Autumn's moldy

Witherings of lost glory,

Hope! Amaryllis.


I thought this was perfect, tying together all the themes we've seen in the entries.  And the visuals were excellent.


                                     Congratulations Aunty! 


                        Thank you everyone for playing!


  1. Wow, Fleur! Fantastic write-up! This is one of the best I've read. If it
    had not been for some of the very tasty savory treats, I might have gone into diabetic shock. Congratulations to aunty for a well deserved win and thanks for my 2nd place. I had a lot of fun with this one which included reading everybody's stellar haiku.

    PS: you were right on with my sweet treats. I'm a sucker for creamy fillings.

  2. Worth the wait. Damn, Fleur. Just . . . damn.

    Congratulations to Aunty, who gets an Orthodox pope and an HM win just before Holy Week. I mean, how good does it get?

  3. Definitely worth the wait!
    As life would have it, buttered toast was my mother's go to comfort food <3

    Congratulations to all the winners, every haiku was great this week. No doubt we are all in for the challenge Aunty Wordsmith will introduce !

  4. WOW! What a tasty 'arrangement' of haiku AND breakfast pastries!
    Congratulations Aunty! What a lovely Haiku for Spring. :)

    Congratulations to all.
    Fleur, you did a splendid job of hosting and matching the perfect pastries! lol

  5. Gracious!! Relief that our Fleur wuzn't lured into the burnin' sands by some sweet tawkin' sheik --but the plucky lass be fightin' her way through some nervy conference ingrates.

    Then to discover Aunty is tagged--aw...this were such bloomin' fun! Too many close contenders, I'se humbled. Yore write up is sweet consolation fer every stellar entry. Thanky fer hostin' a fun soiree, an' sendin' us home wif delicious party favors.

    I'se in Krispy Kreme Koma so mayhap it will be Friday afore I get the theme up. The Front Porch is lookin' forward to seein' ever'one of y'all sweet souls come out to play fer Haiku Monday March 25th.

  6. What a delectable writeup, Fleur! Definitely worth the wait. What inspiration. You have raised the bar for hosting now. Congrats to Aunty - no doubt she will make it hard on us this coming Monday.


  7. Good evening Fleur,

    A most delicious write-up. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to host. Receiving cranberry bread when expecting hardtack is always a treat.

    Congratulations Aunty Belle! Nice to see you in the winner's circle again.

    May I suggest a comment in the original post to notify other folks, the winner was announced.

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  9. Fleur:

    All I can do is bow...to you and ALL the 'ku enthusiasts... I only wish my tongue could twril so sweet.

    ***BURP*** Compliments to the chef!!! Yore's was truly a tasty treat, indeed.


  10. Howdy, Fleurdeleo!! Jes' a note to say that this week's theme is up--wif' a twist!! Come play an' bring a friend or tow or ten!

  11. Hey FLeur, hosting has circled back to me this week. Come join us at http://serendipitouswildmoments.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/haiku-monday-challenge-theme-is-persistence/