Steven Clarkson lives in Taupo in the centre of the North Island. The lake, the mountains, the clear night skies and the occasional trip to the coast at Raglan provide plenty of haiku moments worth capturing.
the footpath home
full of stumbles
yet blossom ripples
reach the edge
I hear the bumblebee
the taste of the Caribbean
under a brolly
the constant judgment
ancestors come and go
with the tide
laughter and fireflies drift
across the table
sound of the lake
between the oars
there is only
the autumn moon
moonfaced: Commended, A Little Haiku Contest Magazine Iris (Croatia) 2015.
a handful: Honourable Mention, 17th HIA Haiku Contest (Japan) 2015.
so light: Honourable Mention, 2015 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku International (Canada).
closed eyes: Honourable Mention, Italian Haiku Association 2015 International Matsuo Basho Award (Italy).
winter revel: First Place, Tararua District Library National Poetry Day Competition, 2015 (NZ).
spring shoots: Ibid.
Matsuyama bay: Commended, 4th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest, 2015 (Japan).
island memories: International Capoliveri Haiku Contest Anthology, 2014 (Italy).
dawn: 6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum Haiku Submission Collection, 2014 (Japan).
there is only: Second Place 2013 Autumn Moon Haiku Contest (USA).