Tuesday, March 27, 2012

CKK #32 Results

CKK #32 Results
(1. none of the comments are from the kukai coordinator 2. comments and votes of the players are anonymously stated)

Players: 1.Pat Geyer, East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA; 2. Gheorghe Postelnicu, Romania; 3. Ralf Bröker, Germany; 4. Marleen Hulst, The Netherlands; 5.Cara Holman, USA; 6. Rita Odeh, Nazareth, Israel; 7. Alegria Imperial, Canada; 8. Keith A. Simmonds, T&T; 9.Juhani Tikkanen, Finland; 10. Franklin Magalhães, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 11.Famida Basheer, India; 12. Irena Szewczyk Poland; 13. Diane Mayr, USA; 14. Johnny Baranski, Vancouver, Washington USA; 15. Bill Kenney, USA; 16. Catherine J.S. Lee, USA; 17. Cezar-Florian Ciobîca, Romania;


memories of a place
I've never been
Votes: 531*** Points: 14
Notes: I haven't had saltfish since I was a kid; for us, it was Depression food, consistent with what you said about its history in your part of the world – a poor people's food that the rich have caught on to
Comment 1: Dreaming of possibilities.
Comment 2: This one evokes ancestral memories in such a succinct way.
Comment 3: I like the comparison of a dish/recipe as being a record or memory of a place

church bells -
on the narrow road
smell of salted fish
--Cezar F. Ciobîca
Votes: 721*** Points: 14
Comments: This reminds me of being in Italy during Lent ...many, many years ago.


Mother's Day-
two old ladies exchange
saltfish recipes
--Rita Odeh
Votes: 44**** Points: 12
Comment 1: This made me think of my Italian Grandmother and her lady friends.
Comment 2: Funny:) I imagine it being a dish like mincemeat pie that's more partial to the older generation.


salted fish
all those things
I've yet to try
--Cara Holman
Votes: 421*** Points: 11


wet laundry freezes
on the clothes line in winter...
baccalà for lunch
--Pat Geyer
Votes: 4*1*** Points: 07
Comment 1: I would have given this one more than one point, except for two things—"freezing" rather than "freezes" would have made it an immediate observation rather than a statement, and "on the clothes line in winter" is a little verbose; maybe "on the winter clothesline". (I understand the poet chose 5-7-5 and my suggestions disrupt that pattern.) That said, I do love the juxtaposition of slabs of stiff laundry and slabs of salt fish.
Comment 2:I visualize a nice comparison of fish being hung to dry to the laundry on the line.

silance on the lakeshore -
saltfish not fresh one
Votes: ****** Points: 00

lonesome morning
salted fish fights
last night's spirits
--Ralf Bröker
Votes: ****** Points: 00

fjord cruise
the scent of salted fish
from the shore
Votes: 511*** Points:10
Comment 1: I am not entirely convinced that one could separate the smell of salt
fish from the smell of the ocean, but it surely is a lovely moment anyway.
Comment 2:I like the sirens lure from shore while only able to float on by.

the salted wind gathers our clan
for stewed bacalao
--Alegria Imperial
Votes: 31**** Points: 05
Comments: I wonder about the need for the moonset. I like the idea of seasoning the wind.

salted fish simmers
in a sweet sauce with breadfruit
our mouths watering
--Keith Simmonds
Votes: 11**** Points: 03

Swimming again -
the salted fish
in my stomach
--Juhani Tikkanen
Votes: 211*** Points: 07

At last the sea.
The mountain river fish
--Franklin Magalhães - Rio de Janeiro
Votes: 2*1*** Points: 04

dry eyed now
she once gulped salt tears
while oceans wept
--famida basheer
Votes: ****** Points: 00

faded ink notice
flaps on the parched fishnet--
fresh salted fish
--Irena Szewczyk Poland
Votes: 11**** Points: 03

salted fish...
I cannot wrap my mind
around it
--Diane Mayr
Votes: 5***** Points: 05
Notes: Diane says...Sorry, but I've never been a fish eater, and salted fish is not even in the realm of possibility for me!

brazier smoke
unaware of his fate
salted fish
--johnny baranski
Votes: 1***** Points: 01

summer morning . . .
drying on the clothesline
slack-salted pollock
--Catherine J.S. Lee
Votes: 31**** Points: 05
Comments: funny:)

LATE ENTRY Received While Voting Was In Process

salted fish and rice
the first time
I eat with my hands
--Christine L. Villa
Note from Christine: This haiku reminds me of our Filipino culture. Many Filipinos enjoy eating salted fish and rice with their hands. It seemed like a strange to me, but my very first experience was memorable. :-)


  1. Seventeen poets took part in kukai #32; however only fifteen sent in votes; therefore a request for 2 guest voters was made at the CKK facebook group

    Special Thanks to guest voters: Tushar Gandhi and Michael Baribeau

    CKK welcomes Rita Odeh, Nazareth, Israel; and Pat Geyer, East Brunswick, New Jersey, thanks for joining us our very first kukai is at

    Thanks to everyone for making #32 a success

    much love

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