the way English tastes
on my tongue
2nd Prize, 7th Kokako Haiku Competition
Included in Kumamoto University's textbook containing international haiku in English for teaching university-level English-language education
Note: Below is the judge's comment: This one is a contrasting type of haiku, no less valid, as it references the writer's inner experience. The word "tastes," a metaphor, is an exemplar for how to use this trope in a haiku, that is, not far-fetched or complicated. With the writer we feel the buzz and hum of the tongue as it produces the unfamiliar phonemes, syllable by syllable.