August 2006 Kukai

Dear haiku friends,

First, an announcement to pass along for the World Haiku Festival which takes place in Gortahork, Co. Donegal, Ireland, on the last weekend of October. The judges this year are Gabriel Rosenstock and Cathal Ó Searcaigh, a poet whose verses are recited from Knock to Kathmandu.

Susumu Takiguchi, President of the World Haiku Club, will give a demonstration of Japanese calligraphy.

Norman Darlington will lead a renku session.

Ion Codrescu is a haiga master from Romania. He will conduct a workshop for adults and another for children.

Participants, guests and friends will be invited to go on a ginko.

For those of you attending or interested in being there, please contact:

The results of the voting have been tabulated and are listed below. Congratulations to RaV , the winner of our Kigo section and to Marie Summers, winner of our Free Format section!

The haiku are listed in order of total points received from voters. The numbers reflect the number of voters who gave the haiku either three points, two points, or one point -- followed by the total points for all votes.

Those who were given less than three points and who requested anonymity in such a case are so noted.

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.

August 2006 Results
Kigo Theme:
Summer's End
Free Format Theme:

First Place -- 27 pts
summer's end
the pale circle
on the ring finger

(2,3,15) = 27 points

Second Place – 25 pts
summer's end--
the swimming hole
fills with stars

aom (tim)
(1,6,10) = 25 pts
* very fine

Third Place – 24 pts
your coat
on my shoulders-
summer's end

Ana Cadarin
(1,6,9) = 24 pts

Fourth Place – 22 pts
one color left
in the Popsicle box
summer's end

Collin Barber
(2,4,8) = 22 pts

Fifth Place – 21 pts
summer’s end,
a longer pause
between crickets

(1,6,6) = 21 pts

Sixth Place - 13 pts
an empty pouch of Red Man
on the dugout steps...
summer's end

ed markowski
(1,4,2) = 13 pts

she dyes
her graying hair...
summer's end

(1,3,4) = 13 pts

Seventh Place – 12 pts
summer’s end--
one firefly in a world
of crickets

(0,3,6) = 12 pts
* I like it; there's a Zen feel to it yet I can believe it as a real event.

in the mailbox-
summer's end?

Dana-Maria Onica
(2,0,6) = 12 pts
* The question mark at the end turns this into a story of someone noticing the passage of time when he/she might otherwise have overlooked the moment.

summer's end --
the hollyhocks
lean south

- CR Manley
(0,3,6) = 12 pts

Eighth Place – 11 pts
summer's end
his goodnight kiss
softer than usual

Marie Summers
(1,3,2) = 11 pts

summer's end -
the empty lemonade stand
on the bicycle trail

Audrey Downey
(0,3,5) = 11 pts

summer's end
brushing the sand
off everything

Beverley George
(0,1,9) = 11 pts

Ninth Place – 10 pts
summers end
the mama cat shakes
off her kittens

Carmel Lively Westerman
(0,2,6) = 10 pts

Tenth Place – 9 pts
onions turned
upside down to dry
summer's end

-- ushi
(1,2,2) = 9 pts
* This is a great fit with the kigo because it's the right time to do it.

summer's end
the beetle's legs point
to the sky

(1,0,6) = 9 pts

summer’s end:
moon and cicadas
at full volume

Linda Marucci
(0,3,3) = 9 pts

summer's end
papa moves the woodpile
closer to the house

Karen Briggs
(0,1,7) = 9 pts

Eleventh Place – 8 pts
yellow jacket, wasps
on the brink of summer’s end
at the last supper

(2,1,0) = 8 pts

summer's end
Judas maples
have already turned

(1,1,3) = 8 pts

his email
... summer's end

-Roberta Beary
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

summer's end
he wipes the mustard
from my chin

Francine Banwarth
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

summer's end
the teenage checkout clerk
calls me Ma'am

Eve Luckring
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

summer's end
ripe blackberries
amongst the thorns

(0,1,6) = 8 pts
* I like the phrase 'amongst the thorns.'

Twelfth Place - 7 pts
summer's end
the heart monitor
f l a t l i n e s

Dustin Neal
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

breeze entangled
in curtain folds
summer's end

Boris Nazansky
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

summer's end-
grains of sand still
in my shoes

Barbara Campitelli
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

Thirteenth Place – 6 pts
summer's end
the shoeshine man polishes
a teacher's grammar

Darrell Lindsey
(1,1,1) = 6 pts

summer's end
the love bite on her neck
begins to fade

paul conneally
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

summer's end
the coolness of a grape
on my tongue

(0,1,4) = 6 pts

A bee wobbles
on the pecan pie -
summer's end.

m scarpone
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

the gecko
turns another color -
summer's end

Betty Kaplan
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

peach juice
from chin to sink
summer's end

Ann K. Schwader
(0,0,6) = 6 pts
* Been there; dripped that! LOL!

Fourteenth Place – 5 pts
ice cream lid slides
off the counter--
summer's end

island girl
(1,0,2) = 5 pts

summer's end—
I struggle with the fifth verse
of a spring renga

Cristian Mocanu
(0,2,1) = 5 pts

summer’s end
he stubs out a cigarette
against a wet brick

Laura Orabone
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

summer's end
last turn at bat --
no one hears his mother call

Karen Cesar
(0,2,1) = 5 pts

orange butterfly
just beyond my reach...
summer's end

Mary King
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

first grader takes to bed
her new lunch box
- almost summer's end

Leslie Montgomery
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

Fifteenth Place – 4 pts
summer’s end -
some leaves fall
before others

Israel Lopez Balan
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

summer's end
at the beach -
our sandy goodbye kiss

Richmond Williams
(0,2,0) = 4 pts

summer’s end
the chrysanthemum blooms
with abandon.

Zaida Lysle
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

first taste
of the apple
summer's end

Bill Kenney
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

summer's end
falling leaves replace

Warren Gossett
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

summer's end . . .
the morning newspaper
twined in mist

--Michael McClintock
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

or age spots?
summer's end

--Irene Golas
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

summer’s end
leaves gather around
sidewalk tables

(0,0,4) = 4 pts

Sixteenth Place – 3 pts
summer's end--
flowers letting go
occupiers' hand tightens

Janet Brof
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

Summer's end
The turtle patiently waits
To cross a road home

Linda Warner
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

with shovels and rakes
we fight off summer's ending--
sandcastle fortress

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

summer's end--
relentless cicadas
fall silent at last

Tristan Coleridge
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

summer's end
our neighbours start hanging
their christmas lights

Jim Swift
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

beach finds
gathered on a shelf
summer's end

Beth Powell
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
* I really like how this connects the summer's pleasures with the passage of time and so the end of the season

First Place -- 21 pts
full moon
she answers the door
in a mud mask

Marie Summers
(3,2,8) = 21 pts

Second Place -- 20 pts
monsoon …
rising from the mud
a buffalo’s horns

Ella Wagemakers
(1,4,9) = 20 pts

Third Place -- 18 pts
daddy’s knees
jolt the table
--mud pies and tea

doris kasson
(2,3,6) = 18 pts

egret in flight—
she forgets
her muddy shoe

Karen Cesar
(1,4,7) = 18 pts

Fourth Place -- 16 pts
yellow moon rising
even the mud

Francine Banwarth
(2,2,6) = 16 pts

muddy river—
a carp swimming
in place

(1,2,9) = 16 pts

Fifth Place – 15 pts
mud puddles
snowflakes sink
into their reflections

Collin Barber
(1,3,6) = 15 pts
* lovely image

the utter silence
of the Milky Way
squelch of mud

(1,3,6) = 15 pts

Sixth Place – 14 pts
healing mud
we look as if God
has just made us

Petar Tchouhov
(3,1,3) = 14 pts

a sandal in the mud
my toes remember

(1,4,3) = 14 pts

summer heat
the buffalo moos
in the mud

john tiong chunghoo
(0,3,8) = 14 pts

Seventh Place -- 12 pts
news of war—
a child’s toy plane
belly-up in the mud

ron moss
(1,2,5) = 12 pts

new boots jump
the mud puddles

Carmel Lively Westerman
(1,1,7) = 12 pts

Eighth Place – 11 pts
mud flecked feet
we dance around
the argument

Roberta Beary
(1,2,4) = 11 pts

tea and mud pies
the child scolds me
for using the wrong fork

Kathy Lippard Cobb
(1,0,8) = 11 pts

rainy season –
a muddied welcome
on the doormat

max verhart
(0,1,9) = 11 pts

Ninth Place – 9 pts
mud season
the cow elk’s tracks

Ann K. Schwader
(1,2,2) = 9 pts

autumn sunlight
a gull’s feet deep
in the mud flats

Bruce Ross
(0,4,1) = 9 pts

tide’s out . . .
a feeding frenzy
on the mud flats

Carole MacRury
(0,3,3) = 9 pts

tea party --
serving mud pies
on yellow leaves

Betty Kaplan
(0,1,7) = 9 pts

Tenth Place – 8 pts
mud bath—
geese wading in
the prison pond

island girl
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

the sound of a boot
lifted from mud -
a lusty kiss

Simply Maire
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

Eleventh Place -– 7 pts
through mud roads
a jostling bus ride --
smell of sweat

Kala Ramesh
(0,3,1) = 7 pts

the politician poses
with a shovelful of mud

ed markowski
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

tiny world
a snail's trail
in the mud

Beth Powell
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

Twelfth Place -- 6 pts
on the way home--
loyal companion
the mud

Ana Cadarin
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

Thirteenth Place -- 5 pts
August cattails
the mud dries in the boat

martin (1,1,0) = 5 pts

bridge in smithereens--
under the mud and rubble
his daughter's torso

Janet Brof
(1,1,0) = 5 pts

in the mud bath
she is still naked
beautiful like a lotus

Leslie Montgomery
(1,0,2) = 5 pts

mud shore of the brook --
a man's and a bird's footprints
follow each other

Zhanna P. Rader
(0,2,1) = 5 pts

muddy road
the woman's blood

Dustin Neal
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

mud on my hands
I ask for a trowel
she hands me a towel

Linda Marucci
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

a streak of mud
up the boy's back
fenderless bike

Vaughn Seward
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

morning walk --
footprints in the mud
disappear into the mist

Israel López Balan
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

half moon --
the muddied knees
of the jilted lover

Paul Hodder
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

turning wheel --
mud shapes to the curves
of the potter

Nancy Smith
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

after Katrina--
grandmother clutches
mud-caked heirlooms

Tristan Coleridge
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

Fourteenth Place -- 4 pts
busy hands firmly
kneading mud, preparing bricks--
black smoke form the kiln

Patrick Wafula
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

mud room cleared--
her old raveled sweater
left on its peg

Ellen Compton
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

to lotus mud is not mud
miriam chaikin
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

mud fight
the opposition
plays dirty

Bill Hudson
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

horse race
a clump of mud
in the air

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

yellow card!
the referee's glasses
covered in mud

-- lucindab
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

Fifteenth Place -- 3 pts
starting a new life --
with Crystal Dead Sea Mud Soap
cleaner and clearer

(1,0,0) = 3 pts

laughing and splashing
up to their ankles in mud --
a group of toddlers

Ruzica Mokos
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

coyote tracks
down the muddy road--
who's following whom

(1,0,0) = 3 pts

mud by the marsh --
some small bird's track
in a big claw print

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

mom asks
if the concert was worth it

aom (tim)
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

mud wasp nest
I move my tent

Karen Briggs
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

bee sting...
mixing mud

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

3:00 am
fumbling with keys
my name is mud

Denise Lizarraga
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

Thanks for another good month of haiku and comments, it keeps the kukai vibrant. We will be posting the next Call for Submissions on 4th of September. We look forward to hearing from you!

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