Sunday, July 1, 2018

124

[ Image from Wikipedia; fair use]

The Adidas Telstar 18 is the official match ball of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is being held in the Russian Federation. It is designed by the company Adidas, a FIFA Partner and FIFA World Cup official match ball supplier since 1970, and based on the concept of the first Adidas's World Cup match ball


Dear haiku friends, It's time for another special kukai. Yes its World Cup Season 2018. This year, let us celebrate in haiku: our exhilaration, hype, let downs, griefs; all our emotions and experiences.

World Cup 2018 is our THEME [You need not use the exact words in your haiku] e-mail one haiku, written in the form of your choice, on this theme. Have fun, be creative. Enjoy!
Remember you are writing ABOUT World Cup 2018 BUT need not use the exact words in your haiku for this kukai


EXAMPLE HAIKU
a goal almost scored -
a hesitant rain shower
sounds on my roof
© gillena cox 2018 [this haiku was first published at my blog VERSES in a haibun titled NEW WAVE]


DEADLINE DATES
Deadline for sending entries is July 10th 2018
Deadline for sending votes is July 20th 2018


A voting list will be e-mailed to all players

VOTING:
Votes to be scored using a total of 6 points; voters must use all 6 points
Example:-
Haiku#76………3pts
Haiku#34………2pts
Haiku#8………1pt

The example given is just one of several ways you can allot your points


COMMENTS
Comments during voting are encouraged but must be limited to 3 lines [about forty words]. When published, these comments and votes will be given anonymous listings. Comments should be kept in the nature of encouraging the continued good haiku writing practice.

The Co-ordinator retains the right to not include a comment as anonymous and to ask the commenter to post his or her thoughts directly to the blog under Comments.

RESULTS
The results of this kukai will be published here at Caribbean Kigo Kukai. After results have been posted, I encourage your after-words as general comments you can post directly here at the blog, just click on Comments at the end of the post.


CONTACT ME
e-mail your Submission, Vote and comments.



[gift bag image from google dotcom; fair use]
Should anyone wish to pledge a haiku book prize for this kukai, please email me

much love
gillena


Thursday, April 26, 2018

123

[image from google dot com]




POEMS REMAIN THE COPYRIGHT OF INDIVIDUAL WRITERS


Players:
1. Marta Chocilowska, Poland; 2. Michael H. Lester, USA; 3. Anna Cates, USA; 4. Pat Geyer, USA; 5. Bill Kenney, USA; 6. Ana Irina, Romania; 7. Vasile Moldovan, Romania; 8. Martha Magenta, England; 9. Justice Joseph Prah, Ghana; 10. Mark Gilbert; 11. Christine L. Villa, USA; 12. Eufemia Griffo Italy; 13. Ashi Kjær, Denmark; 14. Andrius Luneckas, Lituania; 15. Mercy Ikury, Kenya; 16. Rebecca Sanchez, USA; 17. Marina Bellini, Italy ; 18. Ernesto P. Santiago, Greece; 19. Pasquale Asprea, Italy; 20. Giovanna Restuccia; 21. Cristina Apetrei, Romania; 22. Cezar Florescu, Romania; 23. Henryk Czempiel, Poland; 24. Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy



FIRST PLACE

22
refugee child
in his overcoat pocket
a Disneyland map
--Cezar
VOTES:224*** SCORE:18
COMMENTS: A very moving image


SECOND PLACE

8
deep autumn
the scent of dried lavender
in her apron pocket
--Martha Magenta England, UK
VOTES:712*** SCORE:15
COMMENTS: “dried” and ”apron” may be too much information, but an evocative ku even so.



THIRD PLACE

5
winter sky
full of stars . . .
my empty pockets
--Bill Kenney
Whitestone NY USA
VOTES:431*** SCORE:13
COMMENTS: would have been better …my pockets empty (rather than, my empty pockets.)



RESULTS CONTINUES

1
a visit
the new neighbor's dog
sniffs at my pocket
--Marta Chocilowska, Poland
VOTES:1***** SCORE:01
COMMENTS:


2
a joey
in her kangaroo pocket
Lamaze class
--Michael
VOTES:**1*** SCORE:03
COMMENTS:


3
a sea star
sways in a pocket light . . .
harmonica strains
--Anna Cates, Wilmington, OH. USA
VOTES:****** SCORE:00
COMMENTS:


4
barefoot little boy
jumps over a puddle...
frog in his pocket
--Pat Geyer USA
VOTES:3*1*** SCORE:06
COMMENTS: I am as afraid as curious what he will do with this frog .


6
pocket money -
on the full moon
a few spots
--Ana Drobot (Bucharest, Romania)
VOTES:11**** SCORE:03
COMMENTS: This might have scored higher but for the awkward word order and the unnecessary “full.” I like the avoidance of over-precision in “a few.”


7
before the payday
nothing in my pockets...
only the eastern wind
--Vasile Moldovan, Romania
VOTES:2***** SCORE:02
COMMENTS:


9
jail breaking
the beggar's finger peeps
out of his torn pocket
--Justice Joseph Prah; Ghana
VOTES:****** SCORE:00
COMMENTS:


10
running for the train
warm hamburger
in my pocket
--Mark Gilbert
VOTES:1***** SCORE:01
COMMENTS:


11
not knowing
how I lost him . . .
a hole in my pocket
--Christine L. Villa, USA
VOTES:312*** SCORE:11
COMMENTS:


12
unstitched pockets
all those scars
still open
--Eufemia Griffo Italy
VOTES:411*** SCORE:09
COMMENTS: 1. I won't be surprised if this wins. Love the strong metaphor!
2. A powerful image



13
Once full
Now empty space
My pockets
--Ashi Kjaer
VOTES:**1*** SCORE:03
COMMENTS:


14
valentine's day
in my pocket
two last year chestnuts
--Andrius Luneckas; Vilnius, Lituania
VOTES:11**** SCORE:03
COMMENTS:


15
recently divorced
he pockets his son's picture
and pats the pocket
--I.M
VOTES:****** SCORE:00
COMMENTS:


16
comparing selfies
looking older every year
hands in pocket
© Rebecca Sanchez 2018
VOTES:2***** SCORE:02
COMMENTS:


17
warm breeze
a stone carved by the sea
in the pocket
-- Marina Bellini
VOTES:111*** SCORE:06
COMMENTS: The second “the” could be dispensed with. But the sense of time and space ending in “the pocket” is brilliant.



18
cricket chirps
in my toddler’s pocket
his secret
--Ernesto P. Santiago; Athens, Greece
VOTES:311*** SCORE:08
COMMENTS:


19
her phone number
forgotten in the pocket -
old jeans
--Pasquale Asprea - Italy
VOTES:31**** SCORE:05
COMMENTS:


20
crossing the border
his savings in the hidden pocket -
crescent moon
--Giovanna Restuccia
VOTES:221*** SCORE:09
COMMENTS:


21
sharp crash of thunder
a grasshopper leaps into
the scarecrow’s pocket
--Cristina Apetrei
VOTES:211*** SCORE:07
COMMENTS: beautifully and humorously shown fear of the storm


23
handshake
with fist in the pocket
another armistice
--Henryk Czempiel, Poland
VOTES:11**** SCORE:03
COMMENTS:


24
ice cream shop
the little boy offers to pay
with his best shells
--Shrikaanth
VOTES:231*** SCORE:11
COMMENTS: 1. I vote for this haiku, although it does not contain the word "pocket". I guess is that the boy takes the shells out of his pocket and it is very moving scene.
2. number 24 doesn't have "pocket" in it which should not be included due to not following directions.



A HAPPY POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY TO EVERYONE
This is our last Poem In Your Pocket Kukai. Next April and continuing , our April Kukai will be in observation of International Haiku Day 17 April

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

122

[Image from Pinterest; fair use]


EXAMPLE HAIKU
emptied pockets
washing machine gurgling -
a ten dollar find
© gillena cox 2018

Dear haiku friends, It's time for our special kukai; for
A Poem In Your Pocket Day April 26th 2018. This year, let us use the word pocket as our kigo. e-mail one haiku, written in the form of your choice, using the prompted word pocket ; Have fun, be creative. Enjoy!
Remember you MUST use the word pocket in your haiku for this kukai


DEADLINE DATES
Deadline for sending entries is April 17th 2018
Deadline for sending votes is April 24th 2018


A voting list will be e-mailed to all players

VOTING:
Votes to be scored using a total of 6 points; voters must use all 6 points
Example:-
Haiku#76………3pts
Haiku#34………2pts
Haiku#8………1pt

The example given is just one of several ways you can allot your points

COMMENTS
Comments during voting are encouraged but must be limited to 3 lines [about forty words]. When published, these comments and votes will be given anonymous listings. Comments should be kept in the nature of encouraging the continued good haiku writing practice.

The Co-ordinator retains the right to not include a comment as anonymous and to ask the commenter to post his or her thoughts directly to the blog under Comments.

RESULTS
The results of this kukai will be published here at Caribbean Kigo Kukai. After results have been posted, I encourage your after-words as general comments you can post directly here at the blog, just click on Comments at the end of the post.


CONTACT ME
e-mail your Submission, Vote and comments.


much love
gillena


Monday, March 5, 2018

121




Although in our tenth year of kukai, here at Caribbean Kigo Kukai, this is the first time an anniversary kukai has been held. Special thank to all players.


Poems remain the copyright of individual writers.


Players: 1. Marta Chocilowska, Poland; 2. Ana Drobot Romania; 3. Ajaya Mahala, India; 4. Damir Damir, Montenegro; 5. Christina Sng, Singapore ; 6. Mark Gilbert, UK; 7.Vibeke Laier, Denmark; 8. Martha Magenta, UK; 9. Christine L. Villa, USA;10. Cristina Apetrei, Romania; 11. Keith Simmonds, France; 12. Brendon Kent, England; 13. Michael H. Lester, USA; 14. Cezar Florescu, Romania; 15. Eufemia Griffo, Italy; 16. Henryk Czempiel Poland; 17. Ernesto P. Santiago, Greece; 18. Pat Geyer, USA.



FIRST PLACE

5
monarch butterfly
discovering how much
I have changed
--Christina Sng, Singapore
VOTES:542*** SCORE:19
COMMENTS: 1. there is a profound connection between L1 and L3. The short life of this butterfly invites people to be better. 2. I love this juxtaposition, and the economical use of words. I get the feeling that this hakuist has metamorphosed into a very beautiful butterfly indeed. 3. A beautiful connection between the butterfly and the way the person changes.



SECOND PLACE

8
cracked ice—
I try to put my pieces
back together
--Martha Magenta Bristol, UK
VOTES:431*** SCORE:13
COMMENTS: Highly introspective, the juxtaposed images give a sense of attempting to integrate some experiences difficult to move on from, which can leave a person feeling "frozen."


9
the way she looks
inside herself for answers . . .
selfie after selfie
--Christine L. Villa, USA
VOTES: 4*3*** SCORE:13
COMMENTS: 1. A modern take on soul searching. Interesting. 2. I believe this would have been stronger if 'for answers' was dropped as 'looking inside herself' says it all.Still a good current haiku for the theme 'introspection'.



THIRD PLACE

14
valentine's day
unfolding an old
love letter
Cezar Florescu
VOTES:222*** SCORE:12
COMMENTS: The poem - the starry sky - shows the beauty of haiku and why we keep writing ...



RESULTS CONTINUES

1
Ash Wednesday –
a view of memento mori
on Valentine's Day
--Marta Chocilowska, Poland
VOTES:2***** SCORE:02
COMMENTS


2
emptiness -
the scent of cherry blossoms
fills my childhood home
-Ana Drobot (Romania)
VOTES:22**** SCORE:06
COMMENTS: The poem describes the feeling of an empty home - but the scent of cherry blossoms is always there in your mind.


3
alien city
the day I shall own
my shadow
--Ajaya Mahala, Pune, India
VOTES:1***** SCORE:01
COMMENTS


4
geese are gone
in the lake
grimace of this lonely fool
--Damir Damir
VOTES:1*2*** SCORE:07
COMMENTS


6
the chime of a spoon ...
he peers through the froth
of his life
--Mark Gilbert
VOTES:3***** SCORE:03
COMMENTS


7
her last hours
the silence from
moon stones
--Vibeke Laier
VOTES:23**** SCORE:08
COMMENTS


10
old diary
between pages a faded
Valentine heart
--Cristina Apetrei
VOTES:2***** SCORE:02
COMMENTS


11
After carnival
a profound soul-searching ...
Lenten retreat
--Keith Simmonds
VOTES: ****** SCORE:00
COMMENTS


12
wild daffodils
comparing random
afterthoughts
Brendon Kent
VOTES:4***** SCORE:04
COMMENTS: Nice juxtapostion of images. The way wild daffs tend to pop up where they will, just like our thoughts do. 2. Have you considered removing 'after'? I thought this might make it lighter and less complicated.


13
who am I
to doubt my own existence—
mirror image
--Michael H. Lester
VOTES:4***** SCORE:04
COMMENTS:


15
melancholy ...
the silence of snow
into my silence
Eufemia Griffo, Italy
VOTES:32**** SCORE:07
COMMENTS


16
starry sky
above me - within me
haiku
--Henryk Czempiel Poland
VOTES:2*1*** SCORE:05
COMMENTS: I like this paraphrase of Emmanuel Kant “the starry heavens above me and the moral law


17
silently sitting in
an open field — a self-help book
to fit
--Ernesto P. Santiago Athens, Greece
VOTES: ****** SCORE:00
COMMENTS


18
soul searching...
my forty day journey
brings me peace
--Pat Geyer, USA
VOTES:11**** SCORE:03
COMMENTS


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

120



Dear haiku friends the first ever Caribbean Kigo Kukai was posted in 2009 with a kigo Lent. That was nine years ago. Back then CKK was a monthly event. In February 2015 our last kukai was announced. Following this, requests for continuation flooded in and Special Events Kukai were then started.

I now wish in the spirit of looking back, and of continuation to have an Anniversary Kukai during the Season of Lent every year.

Please join me in our first anniversary-celebration kukai which will reflect our first ever kigo Lent, but our THEME for this kukai will be INTROSPECTION. This means our haiku will be about introspection, but we do not absolutely have to use the word in our haiku.

EXAMPLE
between sips of tea
reflections on worth of love -
St Valentines's Day
© gillena cox 2018

Deadline for sending entries is February 23th 2018
Deadline for sending votes is March 4th 2018

A voting list will be e-mailed to all players

VOTING
Votes to be scored using a total of 6 points; voters must use all 6 points

EXAMPLE
Haiku#76………3pts
Haiku#34………2pts
Haiku#8………1pt

The example given is just one of several ways you can allot your points

COMMENTS
Comments during voting are encouraged but must be limited to 3 lines [about forty words]. When published, these comments and votes will be given anonymous listings. Comments should be kept in the nature of encouraging the continued good haiku writing practice.

The Co-ordinator retains the right to not include a comment as anonymous and to ask the commenter to post his or her thoughts directly to the blog under Comments.

RESULTS
The results of this kukai will be published here at Caribbean Kigo Kukai. After results have been posted, I encourage your after-words as general comments you can post directly here at the blog, just click on Comments at the end of the post.


CONTACT ME
e-mail your Submission, Vote and comments.


much love
gillena

Thursday, January 25, 2018

119



Sad to say that Caribbean Kigo Kukai has lost a haiku friend. Johnny Baranski passed away after a short stay in hospital, Thursday 25th January 2018.


"...father peace activist, pacifist, published haiku artist, father of three, father in law to three, grandpa to three, friend of many, devout Roman Catholic and Catholic Worker walked across the lake with Jesus. He is with his maker now. May he rest in God’s eternal peace"
--Margo Williams, the eldest daughter of Johnny Baranski



May he Rest In Peace



9
blossoming spring
I long to return to
a simpler time
-- Johnny Baranski
Ckk#33April 2012

14
brazier smoke
unaware of his fate
salted fish
--johnny baranski
Ckk#32 March 2012

7
always welcome
at the hilltop shrine
my muddy feet
Johnny Baranski, Vancouver, Washington USA
Ckk#28 September 2011





Thursday, December 21, 2017

118


[image from google dot com]


Poems remain the copyright of individual writers

Players:
1. Vasile Moldovan, Romania; 2. Christina Sng, Singapore; 3. Keith A. Simmonds, France; 4. Gennady Nov, Russia; 5. Brendon Ken, England; 6. Judith Gorgone, USA; 7. Ana Drobot, Romania; 8. Justice Joseph Prah, Ghana; 9. Goran Gatalica, Croatia; 10. Precious Oboh, Nigeria; 11 Doris Pascolo , Italy; 12. Mercy Ikuri, Kenya ; 13. Cezar Florescu, Romania; 14. Cristina Apetrei, Romania; 15. Mark Gilbert UK; 16. Marta Chocilowska, Poland; 17. Ajaya Mahala, India ; 18. Pat Geyer, USA; 19. Adjei Agyei-Baah, Ghana; 20. Christine L. Villa, USA


FIRST PLACE

14
waiting for gifts
in the beggar's hands
first snowflakes
--Cristina Apetrei Romania
VOTES: 414*** SCORE: 18
COMMENTS: This picture is awakening our conscience. It calls to my mind the Andersen's fairy tale “The Little Match Girl”.


SECOND PLACE

13.
Christmas gift ...
trying on for my mom
a chemo wig
-- Cezar Florescu
VOTES: 431*** SCORE: 13
COMMENTS:



THIRD PLACE

5
adoption day...
everyone sharing
unwanted gifts
--Brendon Ken Southampton, England
VOTES: 231*** SCORE: 11
COMMENTS: This is heartbreakingly beautiful; it made me smile with sadness. I admire the ability to flip the wabi-sabi coin and elicit mixed feelings with a bittersweet tinge in the last line.


16
Christmas Eve . . .
a gift in my arms
quietly meows
--Marta Chocilowska, Poland
VOTES: 421*** SCORE: 11
COMMENTS: A living, breathing gift! Being used to inanimate gifts, reading this haiku felt like opening a gift in itself; nice surprise in the last line.



RESULTS CONTINUES

1
Please, receive as gift
on the Thanksgiving Day
my heart itself!
--Vasile Moldovan
VOTES: ****** SCORE: 00
COMMENTS:


2
surprise gift
from our tomcat
newborn kittens
--Christina Sng
VOTES: 1*1*** SCORE: 04
COMMENTS:


3
a tiny infant
born in a lowly stable ...
priceless gift to man
--Keith A. SIMMONDS Rodez FRANCE
VOTES: 3***** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS:


4
New Year
night arrives with a present
and fireworks
--Gennady Nov
VOTES: *1**** SCORE: 02
COMMENTS:


6
santa’s gift
a twinkle in their eyes
unwraps
---judith gorgone
VOTES: 1*1*** SCORE: 04
COMMENTS:


7
gift unwrapping -
still covering my footsteps
fallen leaves
--Ana Drobot (Bucharest, Romania)
VOTES: *11*** SCORE: 05
COMMENTS:


8
re-wrapping the gift
she widens the puddle
to trap a moon
--Name: Justice Joseph Prah ; Country: Ghana
VOTES: 22**** SCORE: 06
COMMENTS:


9
altruistic gift -
on the organ's donor card
my daughter's name
Author: Goran Gatalica, Croatia (Europe)
VOTES: 211*** SCORE: 07
COMMENTS: 1. This should read on the 2nd line 'on the organ donor card' as 'on the organ's donor card' means the card belongs to the organ.
2. No take back on this gift! “organ donor’s card” maybe? Haiku uses minimal punctuation so when you do use it, it can take away from the haiku if wrong.


10
winter night -
the gift of
togetherness
--Precious Oboh
VOTES: 3*1*** SCORE: 06
COMMENTS: Ah, the warmth of others’ company as the year ends in cold. This haiku captures the need and tendency to be with others during the holidays well. Would be delightful as a monoku/one-liner, don’t you think?


11
Christmas lights-
reflect the rainbow
over the gifts
--Doris Pascolo MILANO – ITALY
VOTES: ****** SCORE: 00
COMMENTS: A subtle and delightful observation of the effect of happy Christmas lights on gifts-I can imagine- wrapped in shiny paper. What do you think of "casting a rainbow" for the second line to better bring out that effect?


12
reindeer gift wrappers
finally flying off
the shelves
--M.I
VOTES: 1***** SCORE: 01
COMMENTS:


15
tiny sounds of life
from the bird’s nest —
winter’s gift
--Mark VOTES: 24**** SCORE: 10
COMMENTS:
Gilbert UK


17
Christmas gifts
the costliest goggles frame
for her blind son
--AJAYA MAHALA
VOTES: 211*** SCORE: 07
COMMENTS


18
my morning gift...
snow birds across the field
sing minstrel songs
--Pat
VOTES: 1***** SCORE: 01
COMMENTS


19
family vacation
daddy's gift of sand castle
left to waves
--Adjei Agyei-Baah
VOTES: 31**** SCORE: 05
COMMENTS: This haiku reminds me of happy holidays with my dad, when I was a child.


20
exchange gift
we gaze at each other
across the room
--Christine L. Villa, USA
VOTES: 211*** SCORE: 07
COMMENTS: 1. An interesting scene that stimulates the imagination and builds tension.
2. I like the subtle hint of romance here. The alliteration of “gift” and “gaze” further draws out the suggestion of the longing look. So maybe not so subtle after all :)




Congratulations
Cristina Apetrei

No one else has pledged, so I pledge to the winner of this Kukai a copy of my latest Children's illustrated story - Third Planet From The Sun [which ends with one haiku]