Thank you Lilli for stepping up and leading this forum for the month of July and thank you to the participants who continued to show off your skills. For our August journey to the East let's try a little Bollywood.
Obviously the hokku was too easy because we got nothing but winning poems. Thank you so much for the quality of work submitted.
I did choose 2 hokkus that were very authentic as First Place Winners, but when I was trying to decide the placement of the others I gave up. Each poem was so unique and well written I decided to give everyone an award without a placement.
Thank you all again for supporting this contest with your creative offerings.
PS I need to take a break and recharge so that I can return with the energy this forum deserves. In the meantime Lilli ☕ has graciously stepped in and will be judging the next couple of rounds. Thank you Lilli, you are amazing.
Closest I ever got to your area was Vallejo, then breaking NE on I-80 on the way to northern NY. The company I used to work for had quite a few clients from your neck of the woods, though: Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, etc. Enjoy the redwoods!
My apologies, time got away from me and I'm late getting this done. This was a difficult round because of the quality of the writing, no one screwed up. It came down to which poems made me feel something.
Congratulations to our Round 72, the Jue Ju , Winners
Though most went for an erotic tone, some more subtle, this poem was poingant and I almost cried.