Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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CKK APRIL SPECIAL - A poem in your pocket 2017

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For many in the Norther hemisphere it is Spring a time of budding and blossoming when our earth says welcome once more to seeds you may like for planting. In a more liturgal and as well metaphorical sense it is that time of hope and welcoming newness by virtue of the season of Easter; just around the corner. Whats your appreciation of WELCOME? Today i challenge you to haiku your response


Yes, dear haiku friends, It's time for our special kukai; for
A Poem In Your Pocket Day April 27th 2017
I propose Welcome as our kigo. e-mail one haiku, written in the form of your choice, using the prompted word Welcome ; Have fun, be creative. Enjoy!
Remember you MUST use the word Welcome in your haiku for this kukai

Example:-
welcome sunspots -
morning visits even
before i awake
--gillena cox


Deadline for sending entries is April 18th 2017
Deadline for sending votes is April 25th 2017


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 during voting are encouraged but must be limited to 3 lines. When
published, these comments and votes will be given anonymous listings.
e-mail your vote and comments

The results will be published here at Caribbean Kigo Kukai on April 21st 2016. After results have been posted, any
comments you wish to make can be posted directly here at the blog just click on comments at the end of the post

much love
gillena



Adjei Agyei-Baah has pledged a copy of his book Afriku; which he will post by snail mail, to the winner of this Kukai.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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RESULTS OF THE 2017 ANNIVERSARY KUKAI



Poems remain the copyright of individual writers

Players:
1. Ana Drobot, Romania; 2. Dan Iulian, Romania; 3.Keith A. Simmonds, France; 4. Precious Oboh, Nigeria; 5. Stella Pierides, UK; 6 Vasile Moldovan, Romania; 7. Krzysztof Kokot, Poland; 8. Rebecca Sanchez; 9. Devin Harrison, Canada; 10. Christina Sng, Singapore; 11. Jim Force, Canada; 12. Cara Holman, USA; 13. Justice Joseph Prah, Ghana; 14. Christine L. Villa; 15. Adjei Agyei-Baah, Ghana; 16. Anthony Q. Rabang, Philippines ; 17. Madhuri Pillai; Australia; 18. Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă, Romania


FIRST PLACE

15
hilltop
a monk empties his thoughts
into the rising sun
--Adjei Agyei-Baah (Ghana)
VOTES: 333*** SCORE: 18
COMMENTS:


SECOND PLACE

10
spring retreat
I disappear into
my bonsai forest
--Christina Sng, Singapore
VOTES: 332*** SCORE: 15
COMMENTS:


THIRD PLACE

14
ripples recede
with all my regrets . . .
riverside retreat
--Christine L. Villa
VOTES: 5*2*** SCORE: 11
COMMENTS: I like the display of water (ripples) as a therapeutic balm in the above piece. Indeed, most people have often taken to swimming as a way of dulling stress and rubbing out “regrets” as a way of finding inner peace. Hence the poet at this point in time will certainly right in his thought and composition.


RESULTS CONTINUES

1
monastic retreat -
reminding of my touchscreen
the lake's surface
--Ana Drobot, Bucharest, Romania
VOTES: *1**** SCORE: 02
COMMENTS:


2
seven-star comfort-
from the fir bough shelter
looking at Ursa Major
--Dan Iulian, Bucharest-Romania
VOTES: 11**** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS:


3
The inner sanctum
where I embrace the Passion …
a meditation
--Keith A. Simmonds, France
VOTES: ****** SCORE: 00
COMMENTS:


4
sitting in stillness
in and out of me
a gentle peace flows
--Precious Oboh
VOTES: 121*** SCORE: 08
COMMENTS: I found this haiku the most peaceful, reminding of the simple act of breathing which calms and centres the mind and body. My top choice for the theme.


5
early dusk
I trace the lip
of the jar
--Stella Pierides
VOTES: 42**** SCORE: 08
COMMENTS:


6
Sounding the retreat
bitter tears flowing from
the trompeter's eyes
-- Vasile Moldovan, Romania
VOTES: **1*** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS:


7
prayer in the mountains -
wind carriers toward the peaks
juniper ashes
--Krzysztof Kokot, Nowy Targ, Poland
VOTES: 31**** SCORE: 05
COMMENTS:


8
the kindness of strangers
the world relies on it
we should not retreat
-- Rebecca Sanchez
VOTES: 1***** SCORE: 01
COMMENTS:


9
holy one
over the water ancient words
march wind
--Devin Harrison – Canada
VOTES: 1***** SCORE: 01
COMMENTS:



11
corpse pose
the rhythmic flow
of his snore
--Nika
VOTES: 211*** SCORE: 07
COMMENTS: This haiku really made me laugh, for I am too familiar with snoring. The use of the word “corpse” tricks us into the ultimate retreat but we are brought back to earth into a meditation so calm, it sent its practitioner to sleep.


12
mountain retreat
old and new friends mingle
around the bonfire
-- Cara Holman, USA
VOTES: 3*1*** SCORE: 06
COMMENTS:


13
summer retreat
on a crowded beach
only my shadow and i
--Justice Joseph Prah, Ghana
VOTES: 12**** SCORE: 05
COMMENTS: Sometimes the best retreat is to be amongst so many people that you simply vanish. Here, only the shadow of the poet remains with the poet in retreat. Or another interpretation could be that the poet disappears into his or her shadow.


16
chapel on a hill –
kissing the ground
his tired knees
--Anthony Q. Rabang, Philippines
VOTES: 111*** SCORE: 06
COMMENTS:


17
into the bush
creek's unhurried flow
solitude...
--Madhuri Pillai; Australia
VOTES: 2*1*** SCORE: 05
COMMENTS:


18.
mountain retreat
even the Milky Way
smells of resin
--Cezar
VOTES: 31**** SCORE: 05
COMMENTS



Congratulations to Adjei Agyei-Baah, who will receive a copy of


Ana Drobot's - 'Japanese Thoughts'; which will be posted to him by snail mail.












Friday, March 10, 2017

113



Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul
-- Marcus Aurelius

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion
-- Albert Camus

...

Dear haiku friends,
In the fever and agitation of modern life, the need of meditation and spiritual repose impresses itself on the soul, which desires to reflect on its eternal destiny. During the Season of Lent, many Christians pursue this practice of retreat.

How does the practice of retreat fit into your culture or lifestyle? Please share in haiku.

Welcome to our special CKK Anniversary kukai 2017; [The very first CKK kukai was held in March 2009]
I propose retreat as our theme. e-mail one haiku, written in the form of your choice, emphasizing the theme of retreat

Have fun, be creative. Enjoy!

Haiku Example:-
rainforest retreat -
a call to union in male
cicadas singing
--gillena cox


Deadline for sending entries is March 17th 2017
Deadline for sending votes is April 2nd 2017


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 during voting are encouraged, but must be limited to 3 lines. When published, these comments and votes will be given anonymous listings.

e-mail your vote and comments

The results will be posted here at CCK. After results have been posted, any comments you wish to make can be posted directly here at the blog just click on comments at the end of the post

much love
gillena


Ana Drobot is pledging a free gift copy of her book 'Japanese Thoughts'; which will be posted by snail mail, to the winner of this Kukai.



Wednesday, December 21, 2016

112



Poems remain the copyright of individual writers

Players

1. Pat Geyer, USA; 2. Jim Force, Canada; 3. Ana Drobot, Romania; 4. Goran Gatalica, Croatia; 5. Christina Sng, Singapore; 6. Kat Lehmann, USA; 7. Tatjana Debeljacki, Serbia; 8. Christine L. Villa, USA; 9. Adjei Agyei-Baah, Ghana; 10. Cezar-Florin Ciobîca, Romania


First Place
8
snowflake cocoa . . .
enveloping myself
with old love letters
--Christine L. Villa, USA
VOTES: 134*** SCORE: 19
COMMENTS: In this haiku there is good picture of someone memories and its interesting connection with snowflake cocoa


Second Place
6
hanging ornaments
I lose my wassail
among the reindeer
--Kat Lehmann (USA)
VOTES: 231*** SCORE: 11
COMMENTS: Interesting picture of mulled cider beside sounds of Christmas wassail.



Third Place
3
eggnog with cinnamon –
the scent of my first
time abroad
--Ana Drobot, Romania
VOTES: 311*** SCORE: 8
COMMENTS: I feel in this haiku that autor gives us very good picture of Christmas moment, and this picture is very clear.

Results Continues

1
Christmas tree apples...
with a sip of mulled cider
we each clink our glass
--Pat Geyer, USA
VOTES: 1*1*** SCORE: 4
COMMENTS:


2
in the wind
the smells of winter
mulled wine
--Nika Victoria, BC Canada
VOTES: 12**** SCORE: 5
COMMENTS:


4
holiday punch -
inside our sweet hours
refreshing twist
-- Goran Gatalica, Croatia (Europe)
VOTES: 11**** SCORE: 3
COMMENTS:


5
Crème de Menthe
every Christmas Eve
since age 5
--Christina Sng, Singapore
VOTES: 1***** SCORE: 1
COMMENTS:


7
evening in the winter
whole family sitting together
Christmas drinks
--Tatjana Debeljacki
VOTES:****** SCORE 0
COMMENTS:


9.
celebrating grandpa
from his collection of finest wines-
year after year
--Adjei Agyei-Baah
VOTES: 2*1*** SCORE: 5
COMMENTS:


10.
a minute spider
leaving behind its cobweb -
scent of mulled wine
--Cezar-Florin Ciobîca
VOTES: 12**** SCORE: 5
COMMENTS:



[snoopy from google dot com]

CONGRATULATIONS to Chrissi who will receive a copy of Pink Crush. However, it so happens, Chrissi and I did a book swap earlier in the year so she has already, a copy of Pink Crush. Her second copy, she says, will give to someone as a gift.
Well done Chrissi!!!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

111



Sorrel - (Hybiscus sabdarrifa); in T&T the calyx is used to made the traditional Christmas Sorrel drink

Dear haiku friends, What is the one one drink you think you must have or you don't feel like it's Christmas? Welcome to our special Christmas kukai 2016; I propose 'Christmas beverages' as our theme. e-mail one haiku, written in the form of your choice, emphasizing the theme of 'Christmas beverages'; Have fun, be creative. Enjoy!

Haiku Example:-
red stains my fingers -
the crisp sounds in coring
the sorrel calyx

--gillena cox


My Sorrel Drink Recipe


Deadline for sending entries is December 10th 2016

A voting list will be e-mailed to all players

Deadline for sending votes is December 20th 2016

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 during voting are encouraged but must be limited to 3 lines. When
published, these comments and votes will be given anonymous listings.
e-mail your vote and comments

The results will be published here at Caribbean Kigo Kukai on December 21st 2016. After results have been posted, any comments you wish to make can be posted directly here at the blog just click on comments at the end of the post

much love
gillena



I am pledging a free gift copy of my book Pink Crush; which will be posted by snail mail, to the winner of this Kukai.

Monday, August 22, 2016

110



Poems remain the copyright of individual writers

PLAYERS:
1. Ana Drobot, Romania; 2. Vasile Moldovan , Romania; 3. Vibeke Laier, Denmark; 4. Blessmond Alebna Ayinbire,Ghana; 5. Adjei Agyei-Baah, Ghana; 6. Anthony Q. Rabang Philippines; 7. Tatjana Debeljacki, Serbia; 8. Tomislav Maretić, Croatia; 9. Paul David Mena, USA; 10. Chelle Baratta-Angelini, USA; 11. Pat Geyer, USA

FIRST PLACE

9
island parade --
losing myself
in the steel drum
--Paul David Mena
VOTES: *24*** SCORE: 16
COMMENTS: 1. a haiku with a perfect setting where one can get lost in the full blast of steel pan ensemble! I am thrilled by this one!
2. Brings me back over 40 years ago to when I visited Bermuda and first heard steel drums.


SECOND PLACE

8
listening to blues
in the metro, I let already
six trains go by
--Tomislav Maretić
VOTES: 132*** SCORE: 13
COMMENTS: 1. The poet's heart is filled by music. It is a pleasure feeling the joy of life and music.
2. This is my present, since I love blues and ride metro. There's a kind of beat in this kukai reminiscent of the train wheels on the tracks and the train whistles are like the blues.


THIRD PLACE

4
music of rain -
falling
asleep
--Blessmond Alebna. Ayinbire Bolgatanga - Ghana West Africa
VOTES: 321*** SCORE: 10
COMMENTS: 1. The poem shows connection with nature and with the feeling associated to the music of rain in just five words.
2. I remember living in NJ and hearing the rain lull me to sleep - this kukai says it perfectly. A much simpler time.


RESULTS CONTINUED

1.
steel pan -
the wind enters
my garden
--Ana Drobot. Bucharest, Romania
VOTES: 211*** SCORE: 07
COMMENTS:


2.
listening to
the leaves rustle and the spheres music
let's dance in their beat
--Vasile Moldovan. Buchaest, Romania
VOTES: 1***** SCORE: 01
COMMENTS: Feeling a deep connection with nature and spirituality in this poem.


3
after ballet
music drops into
sylfide dreams
--Vibeke Laier
VOTES: 1***** SCORE: 01
COMMENTS:


5
my favorite song
becoming more sweeter
on my rival’s stereo
--Adjei Agyei-Baah (Ghana)
VOTES: 11**** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS:


6
creeping through
between the sheets
violin chills
--Anthony Q. Rabang Philippines
VOTES: 111*** SCORE: 06
COMMENTS:


7
the well in the middle
of the lost oasis
cricket sings ancient song
-- Tatjana Debeljacki
VOTES: 11**** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS:


10
hips sway soft rhythms
of sweet melodic timbre
rubber-tipped drumsticks
--Chelle
VOTES:**1*** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS:


11
ramajaying...
steel pan dreams calling me
calling me

--Pat Geyer
VOTES: 11**** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS




[snoopy from google dot com]

CONGRATULATIONS to Paul David Mena who will receive a copy of my book



Monday, August 1, 2016

109



CKK AUGUST SPECIAL - August is steel pan month in Trinidad and Tobago

Dear haiku friends, Welcome to our special kukai; for August is steel pan month in Trinidad and Tobago
I propose 'the music invites you in' as our theme. e-mail one haiku, written in the form of your choice, emphasizing the theme 'the music invites you in'; Have fun, be creative. Enjoy!

Example:-
sassy flag waver
her body music driven -
sweet sounds of steel pan

--gillena cox

Deadline for sending entries is August 10th 2016


A voting list will be e-mailed to all players
Deadline for sending votes is August 20th 2016

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 during voting are encouraged but must be limited to 3 lines. When
published, these comments and votes will be given anonymous listings.
e-mail your vote and comments

The results will be published here at Caribbean Kigo Kukai on April 21st 2016. After results have been posted, any
comments you wish to make can be posted directly here at the blog just click on comments at the end of the post

much love
gillena



following the lead of Franklin Magalhaes I will pledge a copy of my book Moments; which will be posted by snail mail, to the winner of this Kukai.