Sunday, March 21, 2010

CKK#11 Results

Caribbean Kigo #11 Kukai Results

Players: 1. Quentin Clingerman, USA; 2. Armando Corbelle , USA; 3. Ralf Bröker, Germany; 4. Keith A. Simmods, TT; 5. Jacek Margolak, Poland; 6. Reason A. Poteet, USA; 7. Sakuon Nakamura, Japan; 8. John McDonald, Scotland; 9. Vasile Moldovan, Romania; 10. Juhani Tikkanen, Finland; 11. Andrzej Dembonczyk, Silesia, Poland; 12. John Daleiden; Avondale, AZ, USA; 13. Tatjana Debeljacki, Serbia; 14. Krzysztof Kokot; Poland; 15. Rafal Zabratynski, Poland; 16. Mary Davila, USA; 17. Catherine J.S. Lee, Maine

on my forehead
the priest's cold thumb
-- john McDonald
Votes:4-2-3-*** Points:17
Comments: 1. This lovely haiku is a fine example of a verse that uses the middle line, the second line, as a pivot. Thus, the haiku can be read in two ways--lines 1-2 as a lovely thought, and lines 2-3 as a second lovely thought. Well done indeed.
2. Nice, the tactile description of the human aspect of this religious ceremony brought a sudden realism for me.

end of the mass
an old man wipes ashes off
his bald head
--Rafal Zabratynski
Votes:2-2-3*** Points:15
Comments: 1. to his credit, not wanting to draw attention to himself
2. I like this haiku, but would have liked it better with the 2nd line revised: “an old man wipes off ashes” and with the 3rd line revision: “from his bald head” . I think “the” in line one is not necessary. In any event, I like the ironic relationship between the “end of mass” and the wiping away of the ashes.
3. I like that this wasn't characterized and we are left to wonder why he wipes the ashes away. That it's pointed out that he is both old and bald confused me.

funeral -
on the urn with the ashes
yellow butterfly
--Andrzej Dembonczyk, Silesia, Poland
Votes:6-4-**** Points: 14
Comments: Neat. I enjoyed the metaphor and also liked wondering whether the yellow butterfly was real or painted/glazed on the urn. Not sure you need "with the ashes" except as part of the kukai:) maybe drop line 1 then... on the urn - with the ashes - yellow butterfly


Ashes to ashes
The crematorium sings
Urn on the mantel
--Quentin Clingerman
Votes:****** Points:00
Comments: 1. Although I was tempted to vote for this one, ultimately I did not. Line 2 is to much personification for me--”crematoriums” just do not sing, even though the sentiment is nice.
2. Nice elements. I wonder if it were more simplified, maybe less direct, more implied meaning

Too many ashes
in Haiti and Chile
its time for some joy
--Catbird 55
Votes:3***** Points:3
Comments: Very true. Perhaps more showing and less telling, like... Haiti and Chile ash - children and adults - playing in the rain

her freckles
this morning
crossed by easter fire's ashes
Votes:2-1**** Points:4
Comments: Nice. Freckles conjure images of children and innocence in contrast to a strong religious symbol for the repentance of sin on their forehead. I think "crossed" would work better at the end of line 2 (was that just a line break error?) and "fire's" seems extraneous... her freckles - this morning crossed - by Easter ash.

dust to dust
ashes to ashes...
way of all flesh
--Keith A. SIMMONDS; T & T
Votes:****** Points:00
Comments: I'm hesitant using quotes and expressions unless I can find a new twist in response to the call, the fragment to follow the phrase, or since the quote is so well know line 2 can be used toward that goal, and maybe a little less direct like... ashes to ashes - I visit the tree carved - with our initials

Ash Wednesday...
the pheasant in the hills
cries once
--Jacek Margolak; POLAND
Votes:2-2-1*** Points: 9
Comments: Neat, there's a bible quote or story that says a cock crowed then Jesus dies that this parallels, right? I like the modern Western twist and that the location being in the hill's imply the eerie echo without saying it.

bridges burned
the ashes became
my magic carpet
-Reason A. Poteet, USA
Votes:3-1**** Points:5
Comments: 1. Again, a tempting haiku to vote for, but the use of the past tense in line 2, “became” ultimately” canceled my vote. This haiku would be so much better if the 2nd and 3rd line read “the ashes become”/ my magic carpet”.
2. The message is uplift and humorous with the mixed metaphor. The way the metaphor is used seems very Western for haiku. I find metaphor more effective in haiku when done subtly.

I love you
till your becoming ash
swear on the holy Wednesday
Votes:****** Points:00
Comments: Romantic. It reads very Western in style and abstract to me. I wonder for line 3 something more concrete and juxtaposed instead.

Only a rembrance
from my mother-
a handful of ash
--Vasile Moldovan, Romania
Votes:2***** Points:2
Comments:1. Hmmm. No such word as “rembrance”; the writer probably means “rememberance”! The use of “from” suggests that mother bequeathed some ashes to the survivors, but the poet probably means the ashes are from the cremation of her mother. The verse might be improved by changing “from” to “of”--- “of my mother--”
2. Feels sad and maybe even resentful, neat. Misspelt remembrance. I wonder about something a little less direct in line one like... a lily - from my mother - a handful of ash.

campfire ashes --
some embers still
Votes:3-5-**** Points:13
Comments: 1. a clear picture of the carelessness of folks perhaps hurrying to get home to convenience of a furnace
2. Although the theme of “ash(es)” was probably selected for its religious significance, nothing in the rules prevents a non-religious interpretation. Ashes are after all ashes--and this haiku conveys one non-religious experience of ashes quite well.
3. like the contrast of ash while still burning embers. I wonder about a more implied relationship. campfire ash - warming my hands - in the pre-dawn.

the empty urn
ready his ashes--
a sunny spring day
--John Daleiden; Avondale, AZ
Votes:1-2-**** Points:5
Comments: I'm really interested in the urn not yet being filled, waiting for the ashes. I wanted to read the line 1 & 2 phrase as less direct.

cloud of ashes
get out of ashes
phoenix of ashes
--Tatjana Debeljacki
Votes:****** Points:00
Comments: Interesting effect. I wonder if it's not more Western style poety than haiku. What about "rise above ashes" for line 2?

flowers on ashes-
juniper smoke
around the cross
Votes:****** Points:00
Comments: Nice. The contrast of flowers and ash and the religious connection.

his ashes laid to rest
at her feet
--Mary Davila
Votes:3-***** Points:3
Comments: 1. poignant and touching thought, as much his blessing as hers
2. Nice. Instead of explaining in line 1 I wonder instead about implying with something like, 'fresh soil'

crosses of ashes
the old monsignor’s
shaky hands
--Catherine J.S. Lee, USA
Votes:1-2-2*** Points:11
Comments: Nice detail.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Caribbean Kigo Kukai #11

Caribbean Kigo Kukai #11

Dear haiku friends you are invited to participate in The Caribbean Kigo Number Eleven Kukai

The Kigo is Ashes

Send one haiku which must include the word 'Ashes'

fervor of revelery gone
the coolness of ashes
on my forehead
--gillena cox

I read quite recently, an account of ashes in the japanese culture...A story is told about three tea masters who had a magnificent tea room with much valuable equipment. One day the house caught fire and the 3 tea masters rushed in to save what they could. The first thing they saved was the ashes! The point being made with this story is that everything involved in a tea ceremony has been given careful aesthetic attention, even the ashes. In Trinidad and Tobago Ash Wednesday for many christians starts the period of penitence spanning forty week days. How does ashes feature signicifantly in your culture; haiku this in CKK#11
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Deadline for sending entries is...March 10th 2010
Deadline for sending votes is......March 20th 2010

A voting list will be e-mailed to all players

Voting: Votes to be scored using a total of 6pts

Comments on poems encouraged, but must be limited to 3 lines
When published votes and comments will be given anonymous listings.

Ballots to be sent to e-mail

A list of haiku and results will be published here at Caribbean Kigo Kukai

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