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Mukai Haiku Contest Winners

Photo: Mukai Farm & Garden

On March 26, we announced the Mukai Farm & Garden Haiku contest. Winners were selected in five categories, where “Peoples Choice” received the most votes from visitors viewing the displayed poems, and other entries were assessed by a panel of judges.   


People’s Choice Award

sand-covered barracks

the tower guard witnesses

racial injustice



my ancestors’ dreams

bloom in me, a blossom tree

with deep roots and reach

—Cynthia Hernandez


More snow erases

the careful calligraphy

of windfall on ice.

—Anne Spiers

Social Justice

On the ground,


for fresh air, Praying to


His skin becomes cold.

—Adi Shepard

Young Poets

I love beginnings

a chick named Jesse


going places fast

—Ella Ødegaard



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