Mary Angela Nangini, Canada
The first line could be talking about the flowers in the picture blooming, but then takes us in a different direction; what's that song, "Love Hurts?" This certainly would hurt, but it's my favorite for this photo.
an'ya: This one is an interesting accompaniment to the photo, and perhaps might even be more of a senryu. It is original and so true to life.
bleeding hearts in bloom -
Fran Masat, USA
soji: A very close second favorite. It might seem as though we have a series on broken hearts going on here, but again I like this one for the slight feint of naming the flowers in the picture, then going off in another direction.
Zhanna P. Rader
an'ya: My first choice. I think it needs a little tweaking. Line 1 is just fine, although in line two, the rhythm of this haiku might be enhanced by saying "I didn't," and maybe rearranging line 3 to read:
soji: I'm not normally a fan of people talking to plants, planets or platypuses in a haiku, but this one caught my attention and wouldn't let go of it, so this one gets a nod. Somehow, while reading this, I feel like Elizabeth Barrett Browning is in the room. I agree with my esteemed co-judge that this could use a small tweak, but I think all it needs is "still" removed from the last line:
Bleeding Hearts -
Ah, now I can hear Eliza Dolittle saying that.
Doris Kasson, US
an'ya: Yet another interesting take on this photo, and you'll have to admit, it does look somewhat like a charm bracelet, and it is nearing Valentine's Day. How differently each author perceives the same picture . . .