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Seattle Japanese Garden Moonviewing Haiku Contest
September 1, 2012
Tanya McDonald and Michael Dylan Welch, Judges
• First Place:
through maple leaves—
moth wings shimmer
• Second Place:
moon beams stream
through the open bedroom window
I light your candle
• Third Place:
a bare moon above the sink
warm hand clasping mine
You will find additional poems read during o-tsukimi here....
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and more standing wherever they could fit
From Michael's Facebook post: An amazing thing happened at last night's moonviewing event at the Seattle Japanese Garden, attended by about 600 people. Tanya McDonald and I judged a few hundred entries for the haiku contest, and one of the entries had a surprise extra line at the end of it. I knew immediately that I had to read it when we announced all the awards.
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After that, I had that additional poem to read. I said the person's name first, and asked if he was present. Matthew came up to the front and I asked him privately (everyone could see, but no one could hear) if he definitely wanted me to read what he submitted, and he said yes. This is what I read, his poem about the moon:
I'll light your way
in every phase of life.
My world revolves about you.
Franklin, will you marry me?
And there, in front of 600 people, they hugged intensely while the audience burst into cheers and applause. And Franklin said yes. What's more, completely unscripted, the person who we had just given first place to in the haiku contest was also Franklin. What a wonderful way to end a spectacular moonviewing event!
Michael Dylan Welch
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