World Children’s Haiku Competition:
Award Presentation Ceremony in Bangkok (June 27, 2008)
The tenth “World Children’s Haiku Competition”
was ended on March 31, 2008, and the award winning works
are being announced in each country or region.
In Thailand an award presentation ceremony
was held in Bangkok on June 27 inviting 50 primary school
students who are the composers of the winning haiku.
The ceremony was hosted by Japan Airlines and The Japan
Foundation, and was presided by HRH Princess Soamsawali
of the Thai Royal Family.
In Thailand, some 1700 haiku works from
192 schools were submitted for the competition, and
fifty were awarded prizes. The judges of the competition
who also attended the ceremony were as follows;
Momrachawong Aurachatra Songthong
Director of Cultural Center of Dhurakijbundit University
and a well known poet of Thailand
A well-known novelist, poet and literary critics under
the pen-name of Pailin Rungrat.
Amateur writer & Senior program officer of the Japan
Princess Soamsawali handed the prize
to each of the fifty students. The students looked strained
but were very happy. The ceremony was aired on Thai
televisions news programs that night.
Here are some of the award winning works
by Thai primary school children.
(Only English translation shown here. Original work in Thai)
Multi-colored attractive kites
along at the course of wind
Broken strings set them
Thanakorn Kaewka (age 11, boy)
Expected it’s warmth to rest in
hut building still in process
Our dream collapsed by
Narintra Kumdee (age 12, boy)
Cold winter wind sweeps in
caused me shivers
Grandma’s embrace relieved at night
Sujitra Suthacheewa (age 10, girl)
When cold wind blows in
Leaves wave good-bye
to its branches
Then blown away by the wind
Rungkarn Thammasanya(age 11, girl)