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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

129


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Dear haiku friends you are invited to participate in The Caribbean Kigo 'International Haiku Poetry Day' Kukai 2019

The Kigo is tiny
SEND one haiku which MUST include the word tiny.
Your entry should include your name, and country from which you are sending.

EXAMPLE
tiny bits of joy -
in a vast season where
Easter triumphs
© gillena cox 2016


Deadline for sending entries is March 30th 2019
Deadline for sending votes is April 10th 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 April 17th 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



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.

INTERNATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY IS APRIL 17TH 2019, THIS IS OUR FIRST CELEBRATION OF THIS EVENT


much love
gillena

Saturday, December 22, 2018

128


DEAR KUKAI FRIENDS MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BRIGHT AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
Here are the results to our 2018 Christmas



POEMS REMAIN THE COPYRIGHT OF INDIVIDUAL WRITERS

Players: 1. Marina Bellini, Italy; 2. Michael H. Lester, USA; 3. Brendon Kent, England; 4. Giovanna Restuccia, Italy; 5. Keith A. Simmonds, France; 6. Carol Raisfeld, USA; 7.Mark Gilbert, UK; 8. Pasquale Asprea, Italy; 9. Martha Magenta, UK; 10. Nikolay Grankin, Russia; 11. Vasile Moldovan, Romania; 12. Christine L. Villa, USA; 13. Ana Drobot, Romania; 14. Doris Pascolo, Italy; 15. Tomislav Sjekloća, Montenegro; 16. Marta Chocilowska, Poland; 17. Christopher Calvin, Indonesia; 18. Cristina Apetrei, Romania; 19. Adjei Agyei-Baah, Ghana; 20. Rashmi Vesa, India; 21. Pat Geyer, USA; 22. Cezar Florescu, Romania; 23. Henryk Czempiel, Poland.


FIRST PLACE
13
homeless -
above the shopping cart
a sky full of stars
-Ana Drobot (Romania)
VOTE:537*** SCORE: 32
COMMENT: 1. such a nice and sad image
COMMENT: 2. The haiku is poignant, brings home the glaring irony of stereotypical festive celebrations. Festivity has acquired materialistic connotations- shopping, gifting, merry making ,linked to purchasing power of which the poor and the homeless have none. But they do have the power of dreams and the haiku seems to allude to that.


SECOND PLACE
19
Christmas shopping
the bowed head
of a naked mannequin
- Adjei Agyei-Baah; Kumasi, Ghana
VOTE:413*** SCORE: 15
COMMENT: suggests association with the crucified Christ and the connection between Christmas and Easter. Very moving.



THIRD PLACE
4
Christmas shopping -
in my coat pocket
his cold hand
--Giovanna Restuccia, Italy
VOTE:54**** SCORE: 13
COMMENT: expresses, in my view, the idea that money cannot buy warmth and affection. However, there are chances for the cold hand to become warm inside the pocket as Christmas with its gifts is an occasion to connect with the others

AND

2
Christmas shopping—
humming the tune Jingle Bells
non-stop for five weeks
--Michael H. Lester, USA
VOTE:1*4*** SCORE: 13
COMMENT:



RESULTS CONTINUES

1
compulsive shopping -
a new pair of boots
to walk alone
-- Marina Bellini, Italy
VOTE:5*1*** SCORE: 08
COMMENT:




3
toy market...
the shopping list
redundant
--Brendon Kent, England
VOTE: 3*1*** SCORE: 06
COMMENT:



5
last-minute shopping…
my Christmas list keeps growing
longer and longer
--Keith A. Simmonds; Rodez, FRANCE
VOTE:2***** SCORE : 02
COMMENT:


6
store sign . . .
"no window shopping
prices better inside"
--Carol Raisfeld, New York, USA
VOTE:3***** SCORE: 03
COMMENT:


7
last minute shopping
the sparrow dives through
a gap in the blackthorn
- Mark Gilbert, UK
VOTE:23**** SCORE: 08
COMMENT:


8
Christmas shopping -
my indecision
the gift for you
- Pasquale Asprea – Italy
VOTE:222*** SCORE: 12
COMMENT:


9
gift shopping
in the East End—
shooting star
- Martha Magenta, UK
VOTE:21**** SCORE: 04
COMMENT:


10
holiday shopping season
an aquarium fish stares at the buyers
with its big eyes
- Nikolay Grankin, Russia
VOTE:****** SCORE:00
COMMENT:


11
Shopping day-
the brimful basket and
your empty wallet
-Vasile Moldovan, Romania
VOTE:11**** SCORE: 03
COMMENT:


12
holiday shopping
my urgent email
to Santa Claus
- Christine L. Villa, USA
VOTE:1***** SCORE:01
COMMENT:


14
Christmas shopping-
Santa's reindeer
eats cookies off a tray
-Doris Pascolo, MILANO – ITALY
VOTE:11**** SCORE: 03
COMMENT: points A light hearted haiku, referring to a commonplace sight during festivities in supermarkets and sidewalks.


15
supermarket revelation
shopping list
left at home
-Tomislav Sjekloća, Montenegro
VOTE:11**** SCORE:03
COMMENT:


16
Santa's shopping bag –
listening out for the steps
on the stairs
-Marta Chocilowska, Warsaw, Poland
VOTE:2***** SCORE: 02
COMMENT:


17
Joyful December
Crowds in on and offline stores
gold-shopping fever
-Christopher Calvin, Indonesia
VOTE:****** SCORE: 00
COMMENT:


18
Christmas shopping -
my kids look for the best diapers
for the infant Jesus
-Cristina Apetrei
VOTE:****** SCORE: 00
COMMENT:


20
gossamer web
a spider’s shopping cart
becomes mine
- Rashmi Vesa; Bengaluru, India
VOTE:11**** SCORE: 03
COMMENT:.


21
Christmas shopping...
what to gift exploring
the Amazon
- Pat
VOTE:3***** SCORE: 03
COMMENT:


22
brainstorming -
adding multiple items
to the shopping list
-Cezar Florescu
VOTE:2***** SCORE: 02
COMMENT:


23
jewellery shopping
guy with the face claw marks
chooses a brooch
-Henryk Czempiel
VOTE:2***** SCORE: 02
COMMENT:



BOOK PRIZE

Since no one else has pledged a book prize. I will gift a copy of my 2018 publication to the first place winning haiku
congratulations Ana!!! you have won your self a copy of Anansi and The Twelve Days of Christmas



much love
gillena

Saturday, December 1, 2018

127


[this haiga first appeared at my blog Lunch Break December 2006]

Dear haiku friends you are invited to participate in The Caribbean Kigo Christmas Kukai 2018

The Kigo is shopping
SEND one haiku which MUST include the word shopping. Your entry should include your name, and country from which you are sending.

EXAMPLE
December shopping –
i pause to see in the creche
baby Jesus
--gillena cox, Trinidad and Tobago.

Deadline for sending entries is December 11th 2018
Deadline for sending votes is December 21st 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 on December 23rd 2018. 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



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

Saturday, September 22, 2018

CKK SECOND POET'S CHOICE


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CKK Second Poet's Choice, lists [103] poems (1,2,3, places) spanning OCTOBER 2011-FEBRUARY 2015. The winner is Robert Kania from Poland


1
morning cleaning -
the bamboo shadows
sweep the stairs
----Jacek Margolak, Poland
*********= 01


2
late autumn breeze –
the old man mends the split
in his bamboo flute
--Warren Gossett, USA
3***1*****= 08


3
childhood home -
in my father's bamboo pipe
a firefly
--Cezar F. Ciobîca, Romania
*1********= 02


4
Christmas tree -
every year a little higher
her paper angel
--Bouwe Brouwer, The Nederlands
2**1******= 06


5
christmas tree
snow is melting
down the cheeks
--Tatjana Debeljacki, Serbia
**********= 00


6
soup kitchen
ragged garland drapes
the Christmas tree
--Catherine J.S. Lee, USA
**********= 00


7
Christmas tree -
the beggar hums a carol
over the manger
--Cezar F. Ciobîca, Romania
**********= 00


8
the sound
of my own footsteps . . .
winter dawn
--Bill Kenny, USA
2*2*******= 08


9
sandcastle
a trail of footsteps
from and to the sea
--Marleen Hulst, The Netherlands
*1*1******= 06



10
first snow-
two footsteps forward
and two back
--Alex Serban, Romania
**********= 00



11
one month after the funeral
I still hear her footsteps
on the stairs
--Andrzej Dembonczyk, Poland
11********= 03


12
bacalao
memories of a place
I've never been
--Bill Kenney, USA
1*********= 01



13
church bells -
on the narrow road
smell of salted fish
--Cezar F. Ciobîca, Romania
*********1= 10


14
Mother's Day-
two old ladies exchange
saltfish recipes
--Rita Odeh, Israel
**********= 00


15
salted fish
all those things
I've yet to try
--Cara Holman, USA
2*********= 02



16
blossoming cherry trees
I ask the waiter
for a window table
--Marleen Hulst,The Netherlands
2*********= 02


17
at the crossroads,
bumping into each other..
blossoming almond
--Rita Odeh, Israel
**********= 00


18
crucifixion
a thorny shrub
blossoming
--Tomislav Maretic, Croatia;
**********= 00



19
grandmother -
she recognizes us
by touch
Andrzej Dembonczyk, Poland;
*1********= 02


20
mother explains
grandmother's recipe -
autumn rain
--Bouwe Brouwer, The Netherlands
1*********= 01

21
at the window
buds on plum branches...
grandmother's smile
--Magdalena Dale, Romania
2*********= 02


22
in sepia colours
my grandmother
at my age
--Marleen Hulst, The Netherlands
**********= 00


23
tiger lilies . . .
the old widow remembers
her first dance
--Kathy Uyen Nguyen, USA
1*********= 01


24
mother's tears -
the wedding bouquet
in my hands
--Asni Amin, Singapore
1*********= 01


25
marriage service -
white butterflies around
the wedding bouquet
--Ailoaei Cristina, Romania
**********= 00


26
graduation day
I fold my program
into a fan
--Cara Holman, USA
1*********= 01



27
graduation march . . .
floating among the clouds
my mother's smile
--Christine L. Villa, USA
**********= 00


28
Graduation parade -
even the flowers
craning their necks
-- John McDonald, Scotland;
*********= 01


29
tassles dangle
expectations and hopes hang
uncertain
--Linda Hofke, Germany
**********= 00



30
high diver
at the platform's edge
stillness
--Bill Kenney, USA
1*********= 01


31
stripping away
her gold medal
the alarm clock
--Patty Hardin
1*********= 01


32
Olympics on TV
I sit folding origami
peace cranes
--Kirsten Cliff, New Zealand
**********= 00


33
stormy weather
a homeless man clutches
his bottle of wine
--Bouwe Brouwer, The Netherlands
1*1*******= 04


34
swaying oak -
afternoon tea
in the cellar
--V.Leo.R; Bangalore, India
**********= 00


35
an unseen bird
begins to trill...
lifting clouds
--Cara Holman, USA
1*********= 01


36
hailstorm -
an old man finds refuge
in a disco bar
--Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, Romania
**********= 00


37
high winds
breathing in
breathing out
--Bill Kenney
**********= 00


38
shaping dreams..
the potter's hand on his
wheel of fortune
--Vinay Leo R; Bangalore, India
**********= 00


39
autumn coolness
the potter's hand scatters
ashes
--Bouwe Brouwer, The Netherlands
**********= 00

40
potter's hands
shaping the emptiness
of his blue jugs
--John McDonald, Scotland
1*********= 01



41
our last goodbye
pine trees shrouded
by the mist
--Cara Holman, USA
3*********= 03


42
abandoned chapel -
spiders weaving around Jesus
another shroud
--Cezar F. Ciobîca, Romania
2*********= 02


43
in the garden,
an empty broken tomb,
shrouded in glory
--Richard Hill, Japan
**********= 00


44
coyote bones -
will these stars be
my shroud?
--Sandi Pray, USA
**********= 00


45
another young man
shrouded
in his country's flag
--John McDonald, Scotland
**********= 00


46
mist shrouded hill-
nothing but a church bell's call
to hold on to
--Lavana Kray, Romania
**********= 00


47
the closed door
back to my childhood...
key under a stone.
-- Marie-Alice Maire, France
1*********= 01


48
beach stone...
the years spent smoothing
his edges
--Diane Mayr, USA
**********= 00


49
sitting on this stone
where a wall used to be . . .
the gentle rain
--Bill Kenney, USA
1*********= 01


50
fallen petals...
drops of wetness gleam
on the stalk
Rita Odeh, Israel
*1********= 02


51
summer wetness
scents our rose garden--
your empty chair . . .
--Charles Werdenhoff, USA
*********= 01


52
wetness
of the painter's brush …
The birth of Venus
--Irena Szewczyk, Poland
21********= 04


53
scorching day -
enjoying the wetness
of my dog's nose
--Cezar-Florin Ciobîca
2*********= 02


54
in her hair
a white gardenia--
the thrill of tango
S.E. Herrin: Des Moines, Iowa
1*********= 01


55
the ruins of the castle -
wild flowers
in the ballroom
--Robert Kania, Poland
2*******1*=11



56
dried twig -
origami flowers
bring it to life
--Lavana Kray, Romania
**********= 00


57
moonless sky-
military raincoats hung
on a bamboo fence
--Rita Odeh, Israel
1*********= 01


58
Father's Day -
his raincoat still smells
of pipe tobacco
--Cezar-Florin Ciobîca, Romania
2*********= 02

59
between him
and the grey sky...
tattered raincoat
--Vinay Leo R., India.
**********= 00


60
migrating birds --
all the colors of
my skin
--Angie Werren, USA
1*********= 01


61
visit to a zoo
she hides her bracelets
of ivory
--Irena Szewczyk, Poland
1*********= 01


62
fancy dress day-
today my child is
nelson mandela
--Kashinath Karmakar, India
1*********= 01


63
reunion –
only my cousins
speak Swahili
--Jayashree Maniyil, Australia
1*********= 01


64
action film--
my baby's kick
in the sonogram
--Arvinder Kaur, India
**********= 00


65
dark movie hall-
in my popcorn pack
someone else's hand
--Kashinath Karmakar, India
**********= 00


66
frames of war -
the color of blood
in black and white
--Sandi Pray USA
1*********= 01


67
early darkness-
on the wings of the egret
a hint of sunlight
--Arvinder Kaur, India
4*********= 04


68
unfinished
in early darkness
a robin's nest
--Vinay Leo R., India
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69
Early darkness –
rereading a letter
in Braille
--Eduard Tara, Romania
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70
child guitarist -
a mother's hand
behind the curtains
--Ajaya Mahala, India
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71
incomplete orchestra -
the missing leaves
of the poplar
--Eduard TARA, Romania
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72
neighbour's triplets-
each one an octave higher
than the other
--Yesha Shah, India.
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73
stage debut...
a missed beat outside
and inside
--Vinay Leo R, India.
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74
turning grey
symphonies of wind
in bare branches
--Sandi Pray, USA
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75
karaoke night...
my partner silently
roots for me
--Shloka Shankar, India
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76
heated argument...
she nurses her ego
in the shower
--Shloka Shankar, India
1*********= 01


77
sandcastle —
a wave darts
past my feet
--Vinay Leo R., India.
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78
ma's trembling hands--
the touch that still melts my
worries away
--Yesha Shah, India
1*********= 01


79
after lovemaking-
capturing the window moon
with every smoke ring
--Kashinath Karmakar,India
1*********= 01


80
kite shop -
entering with every customer
the summer breeze
--Bouwe Brouwer, The Netherlands
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81
a paper kite...
my first dream
about flying
--Robert Kania, Poland
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82
gunshots ...
a kite flying over
the Berlin wall
--Cezar-Florin Ciobîca, Romania
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83
boy in the puddle
splattering around
his own piece of sky
--Gabriel Sawicki, Poland
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84
the splatter of rain...
my father's silence
still smells of war
--Cezar Ciobîca, Romania
1*********= 01


85
splatter of rain
punctuated by the beat
of the cat's tail
--Ingrid Jend, UK
1*********= 01


86
picnic -
butterflies and
flies in the butter
--John Mcdonald, Scotland
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87
Christmas morning
unwrapping
Great Expectations
--Bouwe Brouwer, The Netherlands
1*********= 01


88
crossword-
I go across the downs
in life
--Yesha Shah, India
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89
white noise
his argument
was sound
--Shloka Shankar, India
1*********= 01


90
eraser –
my mother's mistakes
no longer mine
--Shloka Shankar, India
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91
after all is said--
staring into the glow
of a dying fire
---Devin Harrison, Canada
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92
summer greetings --
once again water lilies
float on the clouds
--Archana Kapoor, India
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93
first day of school...
a monarch butterfly
spreads its wings
-- Shloka Shankar India
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94
back to school-
in the Wireless Networks Lab
a curious spider
--Dan Iulian, Romania
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95
first day morning...
the school bag empties
an old memory
--Vinay Leo R, India
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96
Christmas countdown -
unsent letters to Santa
in my childhood drawer
--Arvinder Kaur, India
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97
countdown to Christmas
humming carols
on my way to work
--Marleen Hulst, The Netherlands
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98
Yuletide songs come
earlier and earlier...
countdown to Christmas
--Keith A. Simmonds, France
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99
Christmas countdown
getting deeper with each day
the snow in my footprints
--Vinay Leo R., India.
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100
windy day-
the dance of a bee
deep in a bud
--Rita Odeh, Israel
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101
candlelight
my shadow learns
new dance moves
--Magda Sobieszek
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102
first dance
the girl stares at
her new pair of shoes
--Billy Antonio
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103
unheard melodies
in the summer wind
shadows dancing
--Bill Kenney USA
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REVISIT

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