Third Annual Poet's Choice Kukai

Hello fellow poets and congratulations at the end of our third year of the Shiki Internet Salon Monthly Haiku at It has been a year of changes, newer poets emerging, and the loss of our dear friend, Owen Burkhart, a member of the list more than a decade and whose works are loved and appreciated.

This year we have changed the awards around, too. We are pleased to announce that the first place awards are original sumi-e drawings by Olga Hooper and watercolour prints by Ron Moss, artists known for their award winning poetry as well as for their artwork. Both are members of the Shiki Monthly Kukai. We encourage you to visit their websites:

Olga Hooper

Ron Moss

Our second place awards are subscriptions to The Heron’s Nest, a quarterly journal and webzine most of us know and love and the rest of you will, too. Please browse through their current edition as well as the archives. There are many familiar names from the Kukai!

The Heron’s Nest, a quarterly journal and webzine:

Third place awards are a treat, too! Gary Warner, our web host, friend and well-published poet will dip into his personal library and offer up something to treasure. And the third place winners get to choose, too.

Thank you, all of you, who have supported the kukai throughout this past year and so continue to make it a worthwhile experience.

We’ll be returning to our regular kukai format in November and look forward to your submissions!

Robert and Jennie

In the listing below, after each poem the author is listed, and then a three digit code revealing how many 3-point, 2-point, and 1-point points were cast for this poem by the other participating poets.

(214 = 12) would indicate that the poem above received two 3-point votes, one 2-point vote, and four 1-point votes.

Third Annual Poets Choice Kukai Results
Kigo from Year 3
Free Format from Year 3

First Place -- 22 pts

winter dusk –
silently a snow owl
changes trees

Zhanna P. Rader
(2,3,10) = 22 pts

Second Place – 18 pts

origami class
a purple heron nests
on every desk

Owen Burkhart

- Third Place – 14 pts

only the waterfall
just as it was…
second honeymoon

ed markowski
(1,2,7) = 14 pts

moonlit swim . . .
the galaxy moves
around me

Kathy Lippard Cobb
(1,2,7) = 14 pts

clear night –
a lone pine points
to the moon

Ella W.
(0,4,6) = 14 pts

Fourth Place – 13 pts

highway rest stop—
a heron stretches
its neck

Laryalee Fraser
(1,4,2) = 13 pts

Fifth Place – 12 pts

winter dusk
into each furrow
a darker crow

Ian Daw
(1,2,5) = 12 pts

Sixth Place – 11 pts

indian summer
the old cat rubs against
a pumpkin

(1,3,2) = 11 pts

the pine tree’s shadow
slips into the pond
-spring evening

(1,2,4) = 11 pts

down sunlit rocks
pulling a river behind it
the waterfall

Bill Kenney
(0,3,5) = 11

a firefly blinks its way
toward Mars

ed markowski
(0,2,7) = 11 pts

winter solstice
a flight of geese
interrupt the moon

(0,2,7) = 11 pts

Seventh Place – 10 pts

first robins…
still no letter
from the front

Zhanna P. Rader
(2,0,4) = 10 pts

I want in

William M. Gottlieb
(1,2,3) = 10 pts

after our swim
the taste of salt
on your body

Bill Kenney
(0,4,2) = 10 pts

- Eighth Place – 9 pts

- the widow’s gate
clangs into the latch—
winter dusk

Beverley George
(1,2,2) = 9 pts

talk of separation
we reach for the same
pine cone

sheila windsor
(0,2,5) = 9 pts

in the shop
a moth and I selecting
a wool sweater

((0,3,3) = 9 pts

- Ninth Place – 8 pts

- cement truck –
apple blossoms speckle
a worker’s boot

Laryalee Fraser
(1,1,3) = 8 pts

Tenth Place – 7 pts

a north wind levels
the chimney smoke

(1,2,0) = 7 pts

glassy lake
a sudden icy wind
wrinkles the stars

(0,2,3) = 7 pts

little league tryouts
a robin
in the outfield

Mark Hollingsworth
(0,1,5) = 7 pts

mud puddle
a child teaches the worm
how to swim

Owen Burkhart
(0,1,5) = 7 pts

Eleventh Place – 6 pts

midnight swim—
every move

Mary Lee McClure
(1,0,3) = 6 pts

Mother’s Day—
a bit of the sky
in the robin’s nest

George Hawkins
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

the waterfall
on fire

Mary Lee McClure
(0,3,0) = 6 pts

- Twelfth Place – 5 pts

- spring rain—
the pine cone caught
in an eddy

aom (tim)
(1,1,0) = 5 pts

red tide—
a lone heron circles
the lighthouse

Kathy Lippard Cobb
(0,2,1) = 5 pts

morning twilight—
wintering snow geese
cloud the marsh

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

--- Thirteenth Place – 4 pts

---- Indian summer
moonshine slowly drips
into a tin cup

(0,2,0) = 4 pts

swim meet
her eyes bluer
than the water

Earl Keener
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

a yellowed postcard
falls from the book—
indian summer

Earl Keener
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

small town gossip—
a pair of robins fly
from tree to tree

(0,0,4) = 4 pts

first robin—
a gift from
the cat

Dave Bacharach
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

Fourteenth Place – 3 pts

magnolia blossoms
a line of black cars
follow the hearse

Carmel C. Lively-Westerman
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

Indian summer –
the cricket in the house
gets louder

Zhanna P. Rader
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

water’s edge –
the goose touches
its own beak

susan bond
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

First Place -- 25 pts

sheep country –
passing clouds graze
the hilltop

Lorin Ford
(4,3,7) = 25 pts

Second Place -- 23 pts

one footprint ahead
of the wave

Mark Hollingsworth
(1,5,10) = 23 pts

still water
a dragonfly holds tightly
to its reflection

Linda Chambers
(0,8,7) = 23 pts

Third Place -- 19 pts

autumn wake--
the widow's tremor
in her coffee

Ron Moss
(1,6,4) = 19 pts

Fourth Place -- 15 pts

ten years drought--
he closes the barn door
for the last time

Laryalee Fraser
(2,2,5) = 15 pts

bread in the oven--
the baker opens
his lunchbox

max verhart
(1,4,4) = 15 pts

Fifth Place – 13 pts

childhood lane
strange people stare
from familiar doors

john tiong chunghoo
(0,5,3) = 13 pts

Sixth Place – 12 pts

spring cleaning done . . .
a window spider starts
a new web

Darrell Byrd
(1,1,7) = 12 pts

only the moon
looks familiar

Earl Keener
(0,2,10) = 12 pts

Seventh Place – 11 pts

Mother’s Day:
my son serves the takeout
on china

Irene Golas
(1,1,6) = 11 pts

full moon
a white cat prowls
the tennis court

Laryalee Fraser
(0,4,3) = 11 pts

Eighth Place – 9 pts

talking divorce
he pours his coffee
then mine

roberta beary
(2,1,1) = 9 pts

scent of coffee…
my cat opens
one eye

Marili Deandrea
(0,2,5) = 9 pts

post game interview
the space between
the goalie’s teeth

ed markowski
(0,1,7) = 9 pts

summer heat
I stop to yawn
with the lions

Marie Summers
(0,1,7) = 9 pts

Ninth Place – 7 pts

watercolor class—
everyone starts
with blue

(0,3,1) = 7 pts

unfinished chores –
so many butterflies
invade the garden

(0,2,3) = 7 pts

full moon
I put the knife
beside the round bread

Petar Tchouhov
(0,2,3) – 7 pts

pizza delivery—
opening the door
to Orion

Scott Mason
(0,1,5) = 7 pts

Tenth Place – 6 pts

early spring
hoof prints on the heifer’s

Dave Bacharach
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

sick-room window
slowly a butterfly
opens its wings

sheila windsor
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

storm clouds
the tugboat moves deeper
into each wave

Owen Burkhart
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

baby flamingo—
the toddler offers
her bottle

Kathy Lippard Cobb
(0,0,6) = 6 pts

Eleventh Place – 4 pts

restaurant chatter—
a child grins through
the goldfish

Kathy Lippard Cobb
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

forest pathway
the tractor’s tyreprint
full of tadpoles

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

morning rain. . .
in my coffee

Marie Summers
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

low tide
a sandpiper’s tracks
in virgin sand

Deborah P Kolodji
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

winter sun
buffing the leaves
of the jade plant

w.f. owen
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

Twelfth Place – 3 pts

biking to the park
a new pitcher’s mitt
on the handlebars

Carol Raisfeld
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

midsummer’s eve
thick clouds erase
the moon

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

new fishing rod –
borrowing an old line
he phones in sick

Laryalee Fraser
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

morning sickness –
he blames the red wine
she didn’t drink

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

first hot day
the splat
of a water balloon

Ed Markowski
(0,0,3) = 3

scattered for the birds
even bread is too heavy
after her chemo

Chandra Bales
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

Chinese takeout—
once again she prefers
my order

Dave Bacharach
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

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