A tough call, but the three haikus from “so fear not fire” have pipped the honeysuckle haiku from “oval” for the top spot.
True, a purist might fault the syllable-count in the winning triptych (but let’s face it, if we were perfectionists, we wouldn’t be beekeepers!), but the imagery is charming and each haiku has exquisite balance.
So in the spirit of magnanimity the judges award, glory, great honour AND a guided tour of the Bermondsey Street Bees’ Apiary to both the winner and the runner-up of the Haiku Competition!
on green and white, shuddering.
Drink deep, drink sweet, drink.
Thank you, Sweetpea
For being so open
To my explorations
The bee and I
Do softly drowse
Amongst the meadow-sweet
Where the bee sups
There sup I, honey on toast
Tastes like sunshine