Monday, April 12, 2021

142



POEMS REMAIN THE COPYRIGHT OF INDIVIDUAL WRITERS

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

Players: 1. Marina Bellini, Italy;  2. Pat Geyer; USA;  3. Lucia Cardillo, Italy;  4. Krzysztof Kokot, Poland;  5. Giovanna Restuccia, Italy;  6. Daniela Misso, Italy;  7. Willie Bongcaron, Philippines;  8.   Ernesto P. Santiago, Greece;  9. Dan Iulian, Romania;  10. Pasquale Asprea- Italy;  11. Ana Drobot, Romania;  12. Mark Gilbert; UK;  13. Nazarena Rampini, Italia;  14. Nikolay Grankin, Russia;  15. Wiesław Karliński, Poland;  16. Mona Iordan, Romania;  17. Andrzej Dembonczyk, Silesia;  18. Adjei Agyei-Baah,  Ghana;  19. Henryk Czempiel, Poland;  20. Stella Pierides; DE and UK;  21. Cezar Florescu, Romania;  22. Kaiser v Kahn, Germany;  23. Eufemia Griffo, Settimo Milanese, Italy;  24. Billy Antonio, Philippines; 

 

 FIRST PLACE

 21

muezzin's call

the scent of magnolia

enters the mosque

--Cezar Florescu

VOTE: 142*** SCORE: 15

COMMENT: A subtle medley of aromas and sounds.


SECOND PLACE

7

i couldn't

go wrong...

morning jasmines

--Willie Bongcaron, Philippines

VOTE: 123*** SCORE: 14

COMMENT:

 

 THIRD PLACE

15

agave flower

in a gardener's notebook

last entry

--Wiesław Karliński, Poland

VOTE: 132*** SCORE: 13

COMMENT: So poignant. Cause and effect, or chance


❧✿❧


18

plastic flower

a butterfly's stopover

at the porch

--Adjei Agyei-Baah;  Kumasi, Ghana

VOTE: 132*** SCORE: 13

COMMENT: This amused me. It's a four seasons ku!

 


RESULTS CONTINUE

1

arranging pansies—

the yellow with a purple heart

steals the scene

--Marina Bellini, Bagnolo San Vito (MN) – Italy

VOTE: ****** SCORE: 00

COMMENT:

 

2

bold forsythia...

mysterious march myst'ry

unfolds in the snow

--Pat Geyer; East Brunswick, NJ USA

VOTE: ****** SCORE: 00

COMMENT:

 

3

the frost

still opens to hope ...

snowdrops

--Lucia Cardillo – Italy

VOTE: 11**** SCORE: 03

COMMENT:

 

4

lily fragrance -

through a tilted window

moonlight

 --Krzysztof Kokot, Poland

VOTE: *22*** SCORE: 10

COMMENT:

 

5

blooming mulberry -

the world disappeared

behind the corner

--Giovanna Restuccia, Modena, Italy

VOTE: 122*** SCORE: 11

COMMENT:

 

6

purple thistles

against the wall

cul-de-sac

--Daniela Misso, Italy

VOTE: 12**** SCORE: 05

COMMENT:

 

8

white mud lily the power of will kicks in

--Ernesto P. Santiago, Greece

VOTE: **1*** SCORE: 03

COMMENT


9

marble flowers -

the mother's grave visited

just my memories

--Dan Iulian, Romania

VOTE: 21**** SCORE: 04

COMMENT

 

10

Plum flowering tree -

my mother's prayer

for my father

--Pasquale Asprea- Italy

VOTE: 3***** SCORE: 03

COMMENT

 

11

cherry blossoms -

I dress up for our date

on Google Meet

--Ana Drobot (Bucharest, Romania)

VOTE: 11**** SCORE: 03

COMMENT

 

12

never alone

a wavering orchid

on the clifftop

--Mark Gilbert; UK

VOTE: 1***** SCORE: 01

COMMENT

 

13

new buds

in a larger vase

peonies

--Nazarena Rampini; Italia

VOTE: *1**** SCORE: 02

COMMENT

 

14

autumn sky

a toddler touches a chrysanthemum

with his finger

 --Nikolay Grankin

VOTE: 1***** SCORE: 01

COMMENT

 

16

spring is here --

a red bloom opens

atop my cactus

--Mona Iordan, Romania

VOTE: ****** SCORE: 00

COMMENT

 

17

silence

the scent of roses fills up

funeral chapel

--Andrzej Dembonczyk, Silesia

VOTE: 22**** SCORE: 06

COMMENT

  

19

wild flowers

in my garden

immigrants

--Henryk Czempiel; Poland

VOTE: 5*1*** SCORE: 08

COMMENT

 

20

bluebell wood

we follow the scent

of heaven

--Stella Pierides; DE and UK

VOTE: 111*** SCORE: 06

COMMENT

 

22

silver wedding

in her hair

white camellia

--Kaiser v Kahn

VOTE: 4*1*** SCORE: 07

COMMENT: Beautiful images seeping across the lines.

 

23

cherry buds

my child says mom

for the first time

--Eufemia Griffo, Settimo Milanese, Italy

VOTE: 12**** SCORE: 05

COMMENT

 

24

cherry blossoms

the long list

of baby names

--Billy Antonio; Philippines

VOTE: 2*3*** SCORE: 11

COMMENT: A fresh and poignant take on this favorite topic.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

141



Dear haiku friends you are invited to participate in The Caribbean Kigo 'International Haiku Poetry Day' Kukai 2021

The Theme is Flower
SEND one haiku about any flower of your choice
Your entry should include your name, and country from which you are sending.

EXAMPLE
eye of a grackle - -
ixora centers fill the space
in a brick wall
© gillena cox 2009 ... First posted HERE

Deadline for sending entries is March 30th 2021
Deadline for sending votes is April 10th 2021


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 you be interested in a zoom meeting  after the results are posted, to read haiku from this kukai, please let me know when you email me your ballots.

INTERNATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY IS APRIL 17TH 2021


much love
gillena

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

140

 


POEMS REMAIN THE COPYRIGHT OF INDIVIDUAL WRITERS

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

PLAYERS: 1. Pat Geyer, USA;  2. Lucia Cardillo,  Italy;  3. Marina Bellini,  Italy;   4. Giovanna Restuccia ,  Italy;  5. Damir Damir, Montenegro;  6. Nikolay Grankin,  Russia;  7. Elena Zouain, France;   8. Mona Iordan, Romania;  9. Daniela Misso, Italy;   10.  Cezar Florescu, Romania;  11. Eufemia Griffo, Italy;   12. Cristina Apetrei, Romania;  13. Ana Drobot, Romania; 14. Henryk Czempiel, Poland


FIRST PLACE

2

still chewing

bitter mouthfuls ...

year of the ox

--Lucia Cardillo - Italy

VOTE: 216*** SCORE: 22

COMMENT :


SECOND PLACE

10

year of the ox

my father shows me

how to plow our soil

--Cezar Florescu

VOTE: *62*** SCORE: 18

COMMENT : 


THIRD PLACE

11

a new dream

inside me

year of the ox

--Eufemia Griffo, Settimo Milanese, Italy

VOTE: 131*** SCORE: 10

COMMENT


RESULTS CONTINUES

1

at first day sunrise...

ox lights our buddha nature...

the new year has come

--Pat Geyer

VOTE: ****** SCORE: 00

COMMENT : 


3

chilly morning...

six oxen on the hill

chew peacefully

--Marina Bellini - Bagnolo San Vito (MN) - Italy

VOTE: 3*1*** SCORE: 06

COMMENT : 


4

year of the ox -

the dish of her dinner

remains full

--Giovanna Restuccia , Modena Italy

VOTE: 21**** SCORE: 04

COMMENT : 


5

among stars...

are those young ox horns or

an ancient moon? 

--Damir Damir, Montenegro

VOTE: 1***** SCORE: 01

COMMENT : 


6

dawn

the sparkling snowflakes

on the ox's horns 

-- Nikolay Grankin

VOTE: *3**** SCORE: 06

COMMENT : 


7

year of the ox -

a steak for dinner growing

without animals

--Elena Zouain, France

VOTE: ****** SCORE: 00

COMMENT : 


8

the gentle ox -

looking in his eyes 

for my fortunes

--Mona Iordan - Romania

VOTE: **1*** SCORE: 03

COMMENT : 


9

rays of sunshine 

warming my back …

year of the ox 

--Daniela Misso, Italy 

VOTE: 1***** SCORE: 01

COMMENT : 


12

year of the ox

the old cowboy misses

his herd

--Cristina Apetrei

VOTE: 411*** SCORE: 9

COMMENT : 


13

year of the ox -

in my old diary

I find a dragon

--Ana Drobot (Romania)

VOTE: 11**** SCORE: 03

COMMENT : 


14

retirement year

two young tigers

instead of the ox

--Henryk Czempiel, Poland

VOTE: 1***** SCORE: 01

COMMENT : 


Friday, January 22, 2021

139

 



Dear haiku friends you are invited to The Caribbean Kigo New Year Kukai 2021

The theme is year of the ox 
one haiku.  You do not have to use the exact words since it is the theme of this kukai. 
Your entry should include your Name, and Country from which you are sending.

EXAMPLE
mumbled prayers lift up
the faithful wear masks at church -
a year of the ox

gillena cox, Trinidad and Tobago.


Deadline for sending entries is February 1st 2021
Deadline for sending votes is February 10th 2021


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 Blog on February 11th 2021. 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


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

138

 

POEMS REMAIN THE COPYRIGHT OF INDIVIDUAL WRITERS
None of the comments during the kukai are from the kukai coordinator. Comments and votes of the players are anonymously stated.

Players: 1. Keith Simmonds, France;  2. Vasile Moldovan, Romania; 3. Marina Bellini, Italy; 4. Giovanna Restuccia, Italy;  5. Ana Drobot, Romania;  6. Nikolay Grankin, Russia;  7. Pasquale Asprea- Italy; 8. Billy Antonio, Philippines; 9. Pat Geyer; USA; 10. Nazarena Rampini, Italy;  11. Christine L. Villa, USA;  12. Lucia Cardillo, Italy; 13. Cezar Florescu, Romania;  14. Cristina Apetrei, Romania; 15. Henryk Czempiel, Poland;  16. Kaiser v Kahn, Germany


FIRST PLACE

13

silent night

three little masked magi

watching the stars

--Cezar Florescu

VOTE: 233*** SCORE: 17

COMMENT 1: This is traditional in a new norm kind'a way.

COMMENT 2: The mask has become part of our lives and accompanies our winter holidays spirit. 


SECOND PLACE

10

take off the mask

to tell my deaf mother

wishes

--Nazarena Rampini, Italy

VOTE: 422*** SCORE: 14

COMMENT 1: This shows that loving is not easy these days.

COMMENT 2: A high sadness haiku. At the pandemic that obsesses us all add a severe comorbidity. How to endure the old mother both?!


THIRD PLACE

14

waiting for Santa

behind the children's masks

the same delight

--Cristina Apetrei

VOTE: 132*** SCORE: 13

COMMENT: 


RESULTS CONTINUES


1

Social distancing…

our first Christmas with masks   

among family 

--Keith Simmonds, France

 VOTE: ****** SCORE: 00

COMMENT: 

  

2

Santa”s mask –

I recognize it

from a distance

--Vasile Moldovan, Romania

VOTE: 1***** SCORE: 01

COMMENT: The mask serves as a kigo for our times. Even Santa Claus wears one, to set a good example for children. 


3

festive atmosphere—

a mask with Rudolph's nose

on the shopping list

--Marina Bellini, Bagnolo San Vito (MN) – Italy

VOTE: 21**** SCORE: 04

COMMENT: We accept the fact that we are during the pandemic, we respect the rules and wear masks, yet this does not mean that we cannot have fun. We become creative with the masks as they are here to stay. We turn to the Christmas spirit to help ease our tension and worries regarding the pandemic and the protection of our loved ones. 


4

Christmas lights-

eyes  above the mask  

they look  down

--Giovanna Restuccia; Modena, Italy

VOTE: 3***** SCORE: 03

COMMENT: 


5

together again -

under the Christmas tree

your mask

--Ana Drobot (Bucharest, Romania)

VOTE: 2***** SCORE: 02

COMMENT: An atypical Christmas. At the mask of Santa Clara is added, seen or just suspected, the anticovid mask. A very interesting company


6

Christmas masks

the hare chasing

the lion

--Nikolay Grankin.  Russia, Krasnodar.

VOTE: 31**** SCORE: 05

COMMENT: 


7

Misted glasses -

"beautiful the mask" says someone

with the flower design

--Pasquale Asprea- Italy

VOTE: ****** SCORE: 00

COMMENT: 


8

online shopping

even the masks

in holiday colors

--Billy Antonio, Philippines

VOTE: *2**** SCORE: 04

COMMENT: Thin humour. Online shopping  is pandemic specific. But even  in these circumstances, the masks have cheerfully colored, because Christmas is coming.


9

the old shopkeeper

gives his son a Santa mask...

hides it 'neath the tree

--Pat Geyer; East Brunswick, NJ USA

VOTE: ****** SCORE: 00

COMMENT: 


11.

getting more hellos

with my smiley mask

sunny winter

--Christine L. Villa, USA

VOTE: 32**** SCORE: 07

COMMENT: The mask with a smiley face becomes like an avatar on online social media, and no longer serves to hide ourselves but to express ourselves


12

snowflakes 

on her covered lips: 

"Merry Christmas!"

--Lucia Cardillo - Rodi Garganico (FG) Italy

VOTE: 131*** SCORE: 10

COMMENT: This haiku shows the ways in which we adapt our language of gestures to the conditions of the covid-19 pandemic. We adapt our facial expressions to our mask, our mask becomes a means to express ourselves. We use a snowflake on the mask to compensate for the smile hidden by the mask which says Happy Holidays. 


15

to see the mask

only on Jim Carrey's face

Christmas wishes

--Henryk Czempiel, Poland

VOTE: 23**** SCORE: 08

COMMENT: Funny in a new norm sad kind'a way.


16

Christmas Eve

red face masks filtering

old carols

--Kaiser v Kahn, Germany

VOTE: 2*2*** SCORE: 08

COMMENT: 

LETS MEET
AT 6:00 PM, Coordinated Universal Time  (UTC)  on December 24th 2020 TO read haiku and COMMENT on this year's Christmas Kukai
meet.google.com/oqv-xpkh-gya


SO SORRY
There were no gift pledges and usually i would then gift one of my books. But since i was told at the Post Office here in St James Trinidad that mail borders are closed there certainly will not be a prize given for this Christmas Kukai. So sorry that the Covid 19 pandemic is doing this to us this year.

 

 


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

137



Dear haiku friends you are invited to The Caribbean Kigo Christmas Kukai 2020

The theme is A mask for Christmas?
SEND 
one haiku after you have pondered the question - A mask for Christmas? You do not have to use the exact words since the question given is the theme of this kukai. 
Your entry should include your name, and country from which you are sending.

EXAMPLE
scraps of fabric fall
from mother's cutting table -
chalk lines shape a mask

gillena cox, Trinidad and Tobago.


Deadline for sending entries is December 11th 2020
Deadline for sending votes is December 21st 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 December 24th 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 your Submission, Vote, Comments and Gift Pledges


LETS MEET
AT 6:00 PM, Coordinated Universal Time  (UTC)  on December 24th 2020 TO read haiku and COMMENT on this year's Christmas Kukai
meet.google.com/oqv-xpkh-gya



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