It’s Christmas and it is Haiku, mixed together. A couple of weeks ago Geoff Spencer decided to hold a Chriku competition at the Perth Poetry Club (PPC). He added in a little twist, the Chriku had to also contain something about an apostrophe. Of course, few took him seriously, which may be why I won… or perhaps it is my winning smile 😉


Geoff Spencer, Wendy Beach, Nat Spencer. Plaque reads: Inaugural Winner – December 2016

Geoff made the frame himself from K-mart cardboard and ‘dried cyperus involucratus umbrella sedge’, which was a lovely creative touch. There were 13 PPC entrants, with up to 4 Chriku each. I have to say, he read out quite a few and there were many good ones. I particularly liked Arran Lodge’s (yep, he’s Scottish, they spell Aaron weirdly) Chriku about a cat in the Christmas tree was very good. Here are the four Chriku I entered: (The second one won)

finger run through
ice cream at midnight.

The world is noise
but night brings
silent apostrophes in breath.

Chriku and grammar
Satan’s dream
come true.

Nothing remains
of you, but a silent
eternity box on the mantel.

It was also the last PPC event for 2016. They had a wonderful mega-mic event, and I got on stage and read one of my poems. Then we all went down to Comet Pizza (well many of us) and had pizza and drinks till quite late.

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Merry Christmas everyone, have a safe holiday season and see you all in the new year.

Wendy Beach



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