Friday, April 17, 2020

136



POEMS REMAIN THE COPYRIGHT OF INDIVIDUAL WRITERS

Players: 1. Ana Drobot (Bucharest, Romania); 2. Ernesto P. Santiago, Greece; 3. Mona Iordan, ROMANIA; 4. Damir Damir, Montenegro; 5. Marina Bellini, Italy; 6. Henryk Czempiel, Poland; 7. Giovanna Restuccia, Italy; 8. Pat Geyer, USA; 9. Brendon Kent, England; 10. Florin Golban, Romania; 11. Marta Chocilowska, Poland; 12. Cristina Apetrei, Romania; 13. Cezar Florescu, Romania; 14. Stella Pierides, DE; 15.Mark Gilbert, UK; 16. Eddie Lee, Germany



FIRST PLACE
15
each bean
planted four inches apart
the wait
--Mark Gilbert, UK
VOTE: 223*** SCORE: 15
COMMENT: Excellent. I especially appreciate how you've made "the wait" into something concrete that the reader can observe, waiting alongside you.



SECOND PLACE
13
confined at home...
again around the world
with Phileas Fogg
--Cezar Florescu
VOTE: 313*** SCORE: 14
COMMENT: Reading always helps us escape on bad days, all the more so today. Fine contrast between the imaginary travel around the world and our house arrest.
COMMENT 2:The imagination compensates for what is missing in reality. We fulfill our needs in dreams and fantasies
COMMENT 3: I enjoyed your literary reference, and the little lift in the last line.
COMMENT 4: Takes me back to my childhood



THIRD PLACE
9
mother's birthday
my bouquet of flowers
on the doorstep
--Brendon Kent, England
VOTE:512*** SCORE: 13
COMMENT: In these days, the distance from our loved ones is enduring, especially if they are old and alone; even a little gesture can bring them happiness.
COMMENT:Touching and effective



RESULTS CONTINUES

1
lockdown -
only his warm words
reach me
--Ana Drobot (Bucharest, Romania)
VOTE: 3***** SCORE: 03


2
spring cleaning
from room to room she carries
her passwords
--Ernesto P. Santiago, Greece
VOTE: 11**** SCORE:03
COMMENT: how sad... in these times the only way to trip is via Internet... social distancing forces us to stay home and dream with open eyes... no dream journey is possible... carrying passwords from room to room highlights the alienation of man who try to find a solution...
COMMENT 2: I like that this demands a bit more of the reader, opening up more than one possibility for interpretation with interesting implications for family dynamics during this challenging time.


3
my daughter’s birthday -
I show her the present
via the video chat
Mona Iordan, Romania
VOTE: 2***** SCORE: 02


4
distant Sun
hides in the pines
a jailbird song
--Damir Damir, Montenegro
VOTE: *31*** SCORE: 09
COMMENT: A well-written haiku, that leaves space to ponder; is it the Sun or is it the song which is hiding? In both readings, we have the feeling of something good that is out of reach, for the present.
COMMENT2: Fresh and evocative, this haiku really swings. I appreciate your play on the spring kigo in "jailbird song".


5
daffodils...
from one window to another
songs of hope
---Marina Bellini - Italy
VOTE:1*1*** SCORE: 04
COMMENT: Lovely, upbuilding images. One can imagine a lone singer moving from window to window to observe spring's flowering; at the same time this evokes the touching exchange of song happening "from window to window" in Italy.


6
closed doors
closed borders
the united
--Henryk Czempiel, Poland
VOTE: 11**** SCORE: 03
COMMENT: Dynamic, layered implications for the impact on families, nations, and political alliances. This minimalistic poem packs a lot of power.


7
tulips
on the smartphone
he is embracing me
--Giovanna Restuccia, Italy
VOTE: 1***** SCORE: 01


8
family...
often seem closer
from afar
--Pat Geyer, East Brunswick, NJ
VOTE:1***** SCORE: 01
COMMENT: A poignant take on the theme.


10
confinement
the cock's song
in D minor
--Florin Golban, Bucuresti, Romania
VOTE: 221*** SCORE:09
COMMENT: I must confess I had to find out what D minor is, discovering that it’s considered the saddest key; so all the poem comes alive, giving a strong sense of melancholy.
COMMENT 2:Through the anxieties of this lockdown, life outside in nature's world carries on...a light-hearted haiku trying to make light of a heavy situation. Nice 'sonic' tone in this brief poem.
COMMENT: I don't think you can say what scale a rooster is using, but I think the idea is that the bird also suffers due to the pandemic too or maybe the man hears it in a different way than as usually, making a shrill noise, to show that he no longer tolerates the self-isolation...


11
an asylum
blossoming almond branch
against a sky
--Marta Chocilowska, Poland
VOTE: 1***** SCORE: 01


12
self-isolation
the plum tree near the window
my only friend
--Cristina Apetrei
VOTE: 121*** SCORE: 08
COMMENT: The isolation imposed can make a person sick... man is not accustomed to stay at home as in a cage, that's why looks for help from nature. a blossomed tree next to the window is a way to don not become insane... its image is a lesson of survival...


14
full pink moon
the mourning dove’s call
for its mate
--Stella Pierides, Neusaess, DE
VOTE: 13**** SCORE: 07
COMMENT: The first part denotes hope, and the second part tells us again that nature does not give up. Further, how romantic this scene is! On a pink background a bird calls for a partner. the instinct of pairing is not affected. The show must continue in the direction imposed by mother nature, now and here...


16
echoes of touch
limb upon limb
of wild plum
Eddy Lee; Germany

VOTE:*1**** SCORE: 02
COMMENT: Dense with pleasing word-sounds


A HAPPY INTERNATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY APRIL 17TH 2019

Friday, March 27, 2020

135

[IMAGE FROM google.dot com]


Dear haiku friends you are invited to participate in The Caribbean Kigo 'International Haiku Poetry Day' Kukai 2020.
Covid 19 has created for us boundaries, barriers, distancing and isolation; with a lot of rules and caution for our safety and well being. Thanks to the gift of technology
our Kukai continues. Please stay healty and safe

Theme for this kukai is social distancing
SEND one haiku DO NOT include the words BUT RATHER let your haiku show something about 'social distancing'.
Your entry should include your name, and country from which you are sending.

EXAMPLE
her tiny hands -
love shapes a heart from her home
to gram ma's home
© gillena cox 2020


Deadline for sending entries is April 5th 2020
Deadline for sending votes is April 15th 2020


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 on April 17th 2020. 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 for your Submission, Vote, Comments.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

134




POEMS REMAIN THE COPYRIGHT OF INDIVIDUAL WRITERS

Players
: 1. Ernesto P. Santiago, Greece; 2. Giovanna Restuccia; Italy ; 3. Damir Damir, Montenegro; 4. Marta Chocilowska, Poland; 5. Rodica Stefan, Romania; 6. Marina Bellini, Italy; 7. Ana Drobot, Romania; 8. Pat Geyer, USA; 9. Pasquale Asprea, Italy ; 10. Brendon Kent, England; 11. Cristina Apetrei, Romania; 12. Cezar Florescu, Romania; 13. Stella Pierides, DE and UK; 14. Mark Gilbert, UK; 15. Rashmi VeSa, India; 16. Billy Antonio, Philippines; 17. Henryk Czempiel; Poland;




FIRST PLACE
17
tall grass
the scythestone tunes in
with a cicada
--Henryk Czempiel; Poland
VOTES: 323*** SCORE: 16
COMMENTS:


SECOND PLACE
16
the silence
between horse hooves
cobbled streets
--Billy Antonio; Laoac, Philippines
VOTES: 3*4*** SCORE: 15
COMMENT 1: I can hear this
COMMENT 2: A very playful way to capture the mood. I can hear
the happy rhythm of the horses walk.
COMMENT 3:.This haiku brings me to a Mediterranean city in the summer early afternoon.
COMMENT 4: Extremely evocative, with its Dickensian aural image.



THIRD PLACE
12
a cicada's song
the old street fiddler
puts aside his violin
--Cezar Florescu
VOTES: 45**** SCORE: 14
COMMENT 1: A lovely image
COMMENT 2: Nothing compares to natural talent and to the beauty of nature. Sometimes we feel so insignificant in front of nature s beauty
COMMENT 3: Clever metaphor..


RESULTS CONTINUES
1
dripping cobbled streets
her one last gelato
is much more intense
--Ernesto P. Santiago; Athens, Greece
VOTES: ****** SCORE: 00
COMMENTS:


2
basil pots-
through the cobbled alleys
sea breeze
-- Giovanna Restuccia; Italy
VOTES: **1*** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS:


3
rural moon
my late fall shadow
keeping quiet
--Damir Damir, Montenegro
VOTES: 211*** SCORE: 07
COMMENTS:


4
winter stroll
the noiseless owl's shadow
still ahead
--Marta Chocilowska
VOTES: 11**** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS:


5
tortuous cobbled streets –
with each turn
a new outlook
--Rodica Stefan (ROMANIA)*
VOTES: **2*** SCORE: 06
COMMENTS:


6
silent shadows
of butterflies—camping
in the meadow
--Marina Bellini - Italy
VOTES: **1*** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS:


7
silent shadows
at grandma's Easter table -
childhood memories
--Ana Drobot (Bucharest, Romania)
VOTES: 211*** SCORE: 07
COMMENTS:


8
search for refuge...
healing my loud scars
silent shadows
--Pat Geyer; East Brunswick, NJ USA
VOTES: *2**** SCORE: 04
COMMENTS:


9
hidden cicada
a dream
before opening eyes
--Pasquale Asprea - Italy
VOTES: 211*** SCORE: 07
COMMENTS:


10
a horse's hoof
down cobbled streets
striking sunset
--Brendon Kent, England
VOTES: *3**** SCORE: 06
COMMENTS: Dense imagery, striking soundscape



11
autumn solitude...
the pines' silent shadows
caressing what left
--Cristina Apetrei
VOTES: 411*** SCORE: 09
COMMENTS:A very beautiful and natural ending, the end of a season is like
a good exit from the scene of a show.



13
packed rubber boat—
commotion from the island’s
cobbled streets.
-- Stella Pierides; Neusaess, DE and England, UK
VOTES: ****** SCORE: 00
COMMENTS:


14.
spitting watermelon seeds
the screaming
of cicada
--Mark Gilbert
VOTES: 2***** SCORE: 02
COMMENTS:


15
broken earth—
growing into a shadow
the farmer waits
--Rashmi VeSa; Bengaluru, India.*
VOTES: ****** SCORE: 00
COMMENTS:


[image from google dot com]


This anniversary Kukai was in memory of Martha Magenta who died in January this year (2020)

Her last Caribbean Kigo Kukai haiku
tiny cobbled streets
in silent shadows
a cicada
--Martha Magenta




NEXT KUKAI
INTERNATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY IS APRIL 17TH 2019. Our next Kukai will be in celebrations of this day.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

133

[lenten lily image from google dot com]


Dear haiku friends you are invited to The Caribbean Kigo Anniversary Kukai 2020 and also to remember Martha Magenta who died in January this year


This is her last Caribbean Kigo Kukai haiku published here
tiny cobbled streets
in silent shadows
a cicada

--Martha Magenta


To submit to this kukai your entry should include a distillation from the above haiku:
1. cobbled streets,
2. silent shadows
OR
3. cicada

SEND one haiku using: set 1. 2. or 3, of the distilled words from Martha's last haiku to Caribbean Kigo Kukai.
Your entry should include your name, and country from which you are sending.


Deadline for sending entries is March 11th 2020
Deadline for sending votes is March 21st 2020


VOTING
A voting list will be e-mailed to all players
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, Comments.

ANNIVERSARY NOTE
Our FIRST KUKAI HERE WAS PLAYED IN 2009

much love
gillena

Sunday, December 22, 2019

132



POEMS REMAIN THE COPYRIGHT OF INDIVIDUAL WRITERS

Players: 1. Ernesto P. Santiago, Greece; 2. Stella Pierides, DE and UK; 3. Marta Chocilowska, Poland; 4. Pasquale Asprea - Italy; 5. Pat Geyer, USA; 6. Cezar Florescu, Romania; 7. Mark Gilbert, UK; 8. Adjei Agyei-Baah, Ghana; 9. Cristina Apetrei, Romania; 10. Ana Drobot (Romania); 11. Marina Bellini, Italy



FIRST PLACE

6
hanging baubles
one after another
memories with mom
--Cezar Florescu
VOTES: 1*4*** SCORE: 13
COMMENTS: It is obvious that the narrator misses the mother who is no longer among the loved ones.
while decorating the Christmas tree the poet recalls beautiful moments and I think each one of us feels his / her eyes burst into tears. A sad poem in a way, but full of brilliance. well done!


SECOND PLACE

2
mistletoe
the snowman starts
to melt
--Styliani Pierides-Mueller
VOTES: 312*** SCORE: 11
COMMENT 1: A pleasing rhythm, nicely linking two 'western' kigo. Being picky, I'm not clear how the moment of initial melting could be noticed.
COMMENT 2: Mistletoe means blessing, but this time it is bad luck for the poor snowman who melts due to the kiss of the sun's rays. What a pity!


THIRD PLACE

9
silent night
a gold tinsel garland around
the beggar's waist
--Cristina Apetrei(Romania)
VOTES: *31*** SCORE: 09
COMMENTS: I like this unconventional approach to Christmas decorations



RESULTS CONTINUE

1
the mother’s love —
in a child’s fragile hands
snowflake cutouts
-- Ernesto P. Santiago, Greece
VOTES: 121*** SCORE: 08
COMMENTS:


3
Christmas tree
the soft jingle of baubles
in candlelight
--Marta Chocilowska, Poland
VOTES: 31**** SCORE: 05
COMMENTS: A pleasing combination of sounds (clever repetition of the 'le' motif).


4
Merry Christmas! -
the snowflakes projection spotlight
on the supermarket wall
--Pasquale Asprea - Italy
VOTES: **1*** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS:


5
pastel pink sprites
run through green branches...
fairy lights glow
--Pat Geyer, East Brunswick, NJ USA
VOTES: 12**** SCORE: 05
COMMENTS: A moving take with effective double meaning in line 1. I wonder if the second line might be shortened or changed to make it even better overall?


7
baubles and bangles
and silver-wrapped spangles...
the light of many stars
--Mark Gilbert
VOTES: ****** SCORE: 00
COMMENTS:


8
childhood Christmas —
all the gift wrappings
the art of my life
--Adjei Agyei-Baah
VOTES: ****** SCORE: 00
COMMENTS:


10
origami globes -
a few rose buds
in my garden
--Ana Drobot (Romania)
VOTES: **1*** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS:


11
only the star
on top of the tree is left...
the cat licks its tail
--Marina Bellini, Italy
VOTES: *31*** SCORE: 09
COMMENT: 1. This cat, a little rascal, amused me !
COMMENT: 2. A feeling of love, poverty and humour runs through this haiku. I imagine a poor family mounting a Christmas tree without its ornament. The distant star as its only decorative object is comforting, and perhaps gives hope of better days to come!





There were no gift pledges for this kukai. So i will gift the first place with a copy of my 2019 chapter book for children, a Christmas story presented, haibun style titled 'Anansi An Unusual Experience

Sunday, December 1, 2019

131


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Dear haiku friends you are invited to The Caribbean Kigo Christmas Kukai 2019

The theme is Christmas decorations
SEND one haiku about Christmas decorations, you do not have to use the exact words since the request is for haiku on the theme of Christmas decorations . Your entry should include your name, and country from which you are sending.

EXAMPLE
tinsel and baubles –
the sound of paper tearing
between giggles

gillena cox, Trinidad and Tobago.

[This haiku appears at page 3 of my 2019 Christmas Story 'Anansi An Unusual Experience']


Deadline for sending entries is December 11th 2019
Deadline for sending votes is December 21st 2019


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 on December 24th 2019. 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, Comments and Gift Pledges



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Should anyone be interested in pledging, a copy of a book of haiku poems, to the first place winner of this kukai, please email me or Comment at the end of this post.

much love
gillena

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

130


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DEAR KUKAI FRIENDS HAPPY INTERNATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY

Here are the results for the first International Haiku Poetry Day Kukai at Caribbean Kigo Kukai.

None of the comments during the kukai are from the kukai coordinator. Comments and votes of the players are anonymously stated.

POEMS REMAIN THE COPYRIGHT OF INDIVIDUAL WRITERS

Players:
1 Marta Chocilowska, Poland; 2. Brendon Kent, England; 3. Adam T. Bogar, UK; 4. Michael H. Lester, USA; 5. Vasile Moldovan, Romania; 6. Martha Magenta, UK; 7. Marina Bellini, Italy; 8. Devin Harrison, Canada; 9. Doris Pascolo, Italy; 10. Carol Raisfeld, USA; 11. Mark Gilbert, UK; 12. Ana Drobot, Romania; 13. Monalisha (Cherry A ), India; 14. , Cristina Apetrei, Romania; 15. Cezar Florescu, Romania; 16. Adjei Agyei-Baah, Ghana.


FIRST PLACE
14
tiny dewdrops
a partridge breaks
the light
--Cristina Apetrei
VOTES: 323*** SCORE: 16
COMMENTS:


SECOND PLACE
7
Spring equinox—
a tiny hedgehog
visits my garden
--Marina Bellini, Mantua Italy
VOTES: 231*** SCORE:11
COMMENTS:


THIRD PLACE
8
tiny lilies
in this moment the absence
of doubt
--Devin Harrison, Canada
VOTES: 112*** SCORE: 09
COMMENTS: Poem 8 tries to provoke us by putting our imaginations to work to find out what is the connection between the absence of doubt and tiny lilies. I believe that the poems tries to suggest that very small gestures help us feel at ease and relieve us of any doubt, as we feel reassured. Small body language cues help make us
feel secure next to certain persons, we feel the confirmation of their reciprocity of feelings for us. The tiny lilies can be a symbol for affectionate gestures that, once noticed, help us get the confirmation that a certain person cares for us.


RESULTS CONTINUES


1
spring sky
a bird's in flight
tiny shadow
--Marta Chocilowska, Poland
VOTES: 1***** SCORE: 01
COMMENTS:


2
this world
of tiny steps
dewdrop
--Brendon Kent; Southampton, England
VOTES: 211*** SCORE: 07
COMMENTS:


3
ripples over a tiny cobble cast doubts
--Adam T. Bogar; Folkestone, UK,
VOTES: 1*2*** SCORE: 07
COMMENTS:


4
his tiny nose
wrinkles when he smiles—
newborn
-- Michael H. Lester
VOTES: 11**** SCORE:03
COMMENTS:


5
Only few tiny words...
though they can build together
the best haiku
--Vasile Moldovan, Romania
VOTES: 2***** SCORE:02
COMMENTS:


6
tiny cobbled streets
in silent shadows
a cicada
--Martha Magenta, UK
VOTES: 4*1*** SCORE: 07
COMMENTS:


9
tiny spring bud-
waiting to smell the scent of the flower
that's blooming
--Doris Pascolo, MILANO – ITALY
VOTES: 1***** SCORE:01
COMMENT 1: it would have been lovely if line2 was not so long, telling to much
COMMENT 2: Thank you to whoever wrote #9!

I am with you! I have this exact situation in my backyard with a grapefruit seed I planted in my tomato pot, and I check every morning to see if it will open and smell sweetly!


10
birthday gift ...
two teeny, tiny
chihuahuas
--Carol Raisfeld, USA
VOTES: 2***** SCORE: 02
COMMENTS:


11
cobalt blue
a tiny blush of eggs
in the nest
--Mark Gilbert, UK
VOTES: 13**** SCORE: 07
COMMENTS:


12
tiny cherry blossoms -
I get farther away
from my home
--Ana Drobot (Bucharest, Romania)
VOTES: 22**** SCORE: 06
COMMENTS:


13
icicles shine...
on willow leaves
a tiny moon
--Monalisha (Cherry A )Assam, India Cherry A
VOTES: 5*1*** SCORE: 08
COMMENTS:


15
in geriatrics
tiny stars dripping
from icicles
--Cezar Florescu
VOTES: 22**** SCORE: 06
COMMENTS: Poem 15 help us see a ray of hope and beauty in the geriatrics section. Just as in poem 8 I find it to suggest signs of human affection. The connection
with loved ones helps these old persons see the world in a better light, and to notice the beauty of life.


16
early morning drizzle
a tiny fly seeks shelter
under my umbrella
-- Adjei Agyei-Baah
VOTES: 11**** SCORE: 03
COMMENTS:


CONGRATULATIONS TO CRISTINA APETREI
Winner of PLIMBĂRI … WALKS …PROMENADES by Ana Drobot; pledged by Ana Drobot