Winner and Runners-up of The Society of Classical Poets 2020 Haiku Competition Judged by Mike Bryant and Susan Jarvis Bryant See all entrants here. Thunder-bellied clouds Move slow over heathered hills, Pregnant with June’s rain ---Savannah Leahy, Competition Winner Sixteen Runners Up With soft clicks and clucks, the hens watch the full moon rise— the night’s great white egg. ---Rob Crisell snapping the cherries and crocuses all day long . . . the moon walks us home ---Oluwasegun Oluseyi Adesina The insect monarchs Skimming with orange and black wings Holding court in spring. ---Emory Jones in the birth of spring snow gilds the tips of tulips lingering for a time ---Cindy Lou Bechtold tiny white phlox blooms exhale a whole hay field’s scent cupped in your two hands ---Sharmon Gazaway Footsteps approaching; calling birds fall silent: sh-h! The willows whisper. ---Patricia A. Marsh two moons this clear spring night---one drifts among the stars. one floats in the lake ---Sondra Rosenberg The vibrant canvas Flutters on a sea of light--- Sailing Butterfly ---Shourya Vardhan Agarwal A winter zephyr, Fluttering the falling flakes, Whispers wistfully ---Lucia Fisher backyard birds gather at the old baptismal font splashes of summer ---Ernesto P. Santiago Footsteps on hard snow, Intense as soft-voiced secrets, Whispers of winter. ---Dave Whippman Falling like snowflakes The smell of cherry blossoms The vision of blood ---Vanessa Valencia Sheep flock in the sun Water doesn’t quench their thirst The dam is empty ---Toni Newell White cherry blossoms Tinged pink by the setting sun Gently drift to sleep. ---Douglas J. Lanzo Jungle feverish A sleek, yellow jaguar stuck in traffic jam ---Mia Green buds soon bursting Birds are anticipating Raspberries for tea ---Yvonne Longden Note from the Judges: Some people did not follow the rules of the competition and were thus disqualified. If your poems were not traditional haiku, then this worked against you. Haiku are depictions of nature and many submitted poems fell under the category of senryu, which are focused on human nature and are often cynical or humorous.