Saturday, April 24, 2010

CKK #12 Results

Caribbean Kigo #12 Kukai Results

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

windy beach
a small boy struggles
with the dragon kite
--Rafal Zabratynski
Votes:451*** Points:17
Comments:1.I smiled at the image of a small boy struggling with perhaps a very large kite, trying to get it aloft.
2. Cute metaphor suggesting it's the dragon he battles and not the wind.

kite-flying -
father holds his son's
--john McDonald
Votes:612*** Points: 14
Comments:I like it not just because of the humor implied that the kite might fly away with his son but the grain of truth that on a windy day and for a young enough child that you might have to sturdy them from being pull off balance and to reassure the child. Since the word coat-tail reminds me of the expression of gaining success on others achievements I wonder if it was chosen here saying that the father was vicariously flying the kite as well.


windy day
the rainbow of kites
on a cloudless sky
--Jacek Margolak; POLAND
Votes:241*** Points:13
Comments:Nice metaphor and irony with cloudless sky. I'm not sure you need line 1.


spring regatta –
a white kite catches
the salt breeze
--Catherine J.S. Lee
Votes:431*** Points:13
Comments:1.Very vivid-- I like the way so much is implied in so few words. I imagine a sparkling breezy day, and the white of the regatta sails.
2.Nicely done, I enjoyed the association of kiting with sailing.


kites in the wind
children run along the beach
waving their arms
Votes:21**** Points: 4
Comments:This reminded me of the feeling of flight when holding the kite string and I like that it was only implied in lines 2 and 3.

seaside hotel …
kites weave a gaudy pattern
into my evening sky
--Ramona Linke, Germany
Votes:21**** Points:4
Comments:"Gaudy" has a negative connotation for me like the excessive bulb and neon light displays of Las Vegas so I don't understand the comparison to kites. I was also confused about flying and being able to see kites at night. Are they spotlit on seashores?

Airy  accident-
a kite's tail catches
at a straw
--Vasile Moldovan, ROMANIA
Votes:2***** Points:2
Comments:I like this. I was confused by use of the word straw, isn't straw grain/hay that has already been threshed then bundled or bailed or laid for bedding? Maybe something like 'skims the hay field'? I wonder for line 1 something else that wouldn't give it away and more concrete.

I'll kite
to win violence
of human nature
Votes:1***** Points:1
Comments:A bit abstract. I don't understand the word choice 'violence'.

Kite high in the sky
Tail wind made it soar so high
Long time descending
--Quentin Clingerman; USA
Votes:****** Points:00
Comments:I want to read it with more description and less narration and perhaps with an implied meaning or message. The repeat of the word high seems only to satisfy they 5-7-5 syllable count and not contribute to the message

father and son
reeling the sunset in
with their mad bull kite
--Keith A. Simmonds; T & T
Votes:1*1*** Points: 4
Comments:I like the metaphors. I wonder if instead to imply them.

gusty desert wind -
little Afghan is strugging
with colour kite
Votes:**1*** Points: 3
Comments:I don't understand the reason for pointing out the child's nationality. Perhaps if the kite colors were that of a flag? In strugging I think your missing the L for struggling.

I'm feeling cold --
how do you manage,
my kite, up there?
Votes:2***** Points:2
Comments:1. I found this charming, the way the writer anthropomorphizes the kite.
2.I like it. I was initially confused by the phrasing, unsure who you were asking the question to, God, the wind, the sun, etc. but now I understand it's to the kite its self. I wonder about rephrasing like... shivering - little kite - how do you manage?

kite tails tease the waves
the spray of surf
upon her face
--Cara Holman, USA
Votes:21**** Points: 4
Comments:Nice metaphor. I also enjoyed the iambic rhythm in lines 2 and 3.

brisk morning -
eagle-shaped kite
over the rainbow
--Andrzej Dembonczyk, Silesia, Poland
Votes:11**** Points:3
Comments:Nice metaphor. Not sure what Line 1 adds. I want to read a little more to the message.

a rose red kite
among the April clouds
my billet deux
--John Daleiden, Avondale, AZ
Votes:1****1 Points:7
Comments:I had to look it up, billet deux is a love letter, right? A charming juxtaposition of this romantic description and a love letter.

another kite dragged
through the dying winds . . .
second hand smoke
--Mary Davila
Votes:*1**** Points: 2
Comments:I read juxtaposition of a drooping kite and second hand cigarette smoke which is exposure to non-smokers implying children. With such a strong message I wonder about it expressed even less direct, instead of dying winds describe the kites difficulty, instead of second hand smoke describe it order or appearance

What is that dad
The little boy is curious
A kite made of paper.
--Tatjana Debeljacki
Votes:1***** Points: 1
Comments:I want to read it with more showing and less telling and with some connotation or message.

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This poem was received too late to be listed for votes

stormy day
the flying line ends in
mother's comfort
--Ralf Bröker,Germany

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Thursday, April 1, 2010


Caribbean Kigo Kukai # 12

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

The theme is kite flying

Send one haiku which reflects this theme to
e-mail to

a windy sky-
theatre of
clouds and kites
--gillena cox

In Trinidad and Tobago, we more often say in our everyday speech 'flying kite' rather than kite flying

Deadline for sending entries is April 10th 2010
Deadline for sending votes is April 20th 2010

A voting list will be e-mailed to all players

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

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

Ballots(votes and comments)to be sent to
e-mail to

The results will be published here at Caribbean Kigo Kukai

After results have been posted, any comments you wish to make can be posted directly just click on comments at the end of the post

much love