handmade floats

      Selected floats from the 2021 YNK Rose Parade (Photo – Yvette Nicole Kolodji)


      Hosted by Kath Abela Wilson

      rose petals and garlic

      how we scrap together
      our own parade

      each one of us
      the colorful pageant
      of our pilgrimage

      ~ Kath Abela

      Yvette Nicole Kolodji

      Rose Parade

      It was a tradition in my family. Early morning rising. Rushing out the door half-groggy into dusk. Parking close enough but still too far away. Dragging chairs, blankets, and snacks block by block to find cracks in the crowd for a good view. Waiting in the cold for hours and hours. But this year was different. It was canceled.

      what you can’t have
      rose parade


      Looking back, it makes sense why it was canceled.

      new year
      the twinkle
      in Pandora’s eyes


      Last year started with a bang. But not the kind you want. Australian bushfires. The worst in history egged on by Climate Change. Then, a pandemic hit unlike anything seen in a century. It seemed like many forgot. Just a cold. Not more than a flu. No need for a mask.

      painting outside
      all the lines
      of science


      Hoarding began. Quarantine set in. Social distance became the norm for more than the lonely. The rules of daily life changed, but not for all.

      civil unrest
      the United States

      *Acorn, Fall 2020


      With the world still, the injustices could be seen by those who ignored it. Protests grew in the streets. But the year went on. Spring set and summer came in. The anger needed a release. A moment to pause. A moment to think. A moment to breath. A moment in nature.

      alone on her path
      the full moon
      turns blue


      As time continued to pass, it brought governmental change. Each branch shifted. The powerhouse judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg died and with it her progressive seat. But November came. We voted in a new congress and a new president. New states became battlegrounds. A victory for a vice president who will become the first woman, first African American, and first South Asian American vice president.

      two sides
      of a coin
      sadness and joy

      rose petals
      fall off the float
      new dreams

      Ο Ο Ο

      Gregory Longenecker

      people on You Tube
      don’t know the backstory
      cancelled Rose Parade

      Rose Parade lockdown
      a redwood float
      posted on You Tube

      covid parade
      from the garden
      she creates floats

      Ο Ο Ο

      Clysta Seney

      the sequined costume
      of the baton twirler gleams
      young dandelion

      Ο Ο Ο

      Patricia J Machmiller

      Rose Parade
      an ordinary street
      turned radiant


      2021 YNK Rose Parade (Full Version):

      Rose Parade: Quotes and Credits

      Yvette Nicole Kolodji has a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, but her true passion is art and poetry. She has won an award for her photography from the PCC Student Juried Exhibition whose juror was Ike Onyewueny. Her poetry can be found in The Heron’s Nest, Mariposa, Modern Haiku, #FemkuMag, Mayfly, Acorn, Frogpong Journal, Akitsu-Quarterly, Wales Haiku Journal, Hedgerow, Kingfisher Journal, and the Southern California Haiku Anthologies.

      Gregory Longenecker lives in Pasadena, California, home of the Rose Parade. He has received many awards for his haiku and senryu including the prestigious Touchstone Award from The Haiku Foundation.and first place and honorable mention in the 2020 Tokutomi Haiku Contest.

      Clysta Seney came to haiku the year she became eligible for Medicare. After decades working in high tech and advocating for the environment she now enjoys exploring the poetry in the open spaces of life. Her poem included here won second place in the 2020 Tokutomi Haiku Contest.

      Patricia J. Machmiller writes and paints looking out from the deck of her beach house near Moss Landing on Monterey Bay in Northern California. She gives haiku workshops here and also paints. She started writing haiku in 1975 with Kiyoshi Kiyoko and and Tokutomi, who founded the Yuki Teiki Haiku Society. She is a Past President of the Society. Giving workshops, and authoring many books of haiku she is a mentor and inspiration to all of us.


      Kath Abela Wilson is coordinator of the 2020 Tokutomi Haiku Contest. See instructions for entering this year’s contest here:


      Send short poems, haiku, senryu, tanka, cherita haibun, tanka prose, short prose poems, etc., or your own unique approach, to Kath Abela by Facebook message or click here to email her directly. We can feature your work again after five months. Multiple Submissions can be saved to appear later:

      1. Send a short bio, comments on the theme.
      2. Send photos or artwork by you, if possible.
      3. No attachments except photos.
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      1. Lois P Jones says:

        Wow superb!! Three cheers for this magnificent parade of images and haiku from everyone. Yvette, I had no idea you created these floats and your haiku are stunning.

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