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November 2007 Kukai

Dear Haiku Friends,

Here are the results for the November 2007 Kukai, wherein our Kigo subject was "Turkey" and our Free Format subject was "Marker".

Congratulations to Rita Odeh, winner of our Kigo section and to Susan Constabile AND Roberta Beary, winners 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.

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.

November 2007 Results
Kigo Theme:
Free Format Theme:

First Place -- 20 points
autumn morning
strutting behind his shadow
the old turkey

Rita Odeh
(3,3,5) = 20 pts

Second Place -- 15 pts
turkey dinner
three generations

Beth Richards
(1,4,4) = 15 pts

Were you at the same family dinner I attended! This is so unpleasant and unfortunate, but also so true.

I carve the turkey
in dad's place

Karen Briggs
(1,4,4) = 15 pts

Effectively delivers the emotion of the scene, which I think might make it a popular submission for many. But it's a sentence, not a haiku. Drop the 'ly' of 'awkwardly' and add a kireji mark, I think.

Third Place -- 14 pts
late november —
the turkey's shadow
suddenly shorter

Mary Davila
(0,4,6) = 14 pts

The countdown to the celebration day! This haiku captures both the shortened days of daylight and the fewer and fewer days of life left for the turkey. This haiku effectively selects images that serve double duty.

nap time —
hand print turkeys
line the classroom window

(2,0,8) = 14 pts

This one was "show" compared to #39's "tell".
Evocative and seasonal.

late Autumn sun —
a turkey
tries to fly

Paul Hodder
(1,3,5) = 14 pts

the first snow...
dad and the butcher
talk turkey

Dejan Pavlinovic
(0,3,8) = 14 pts

turkey calls
the urge
to reply

Audrey Downey
(0,1,12) = 14 pts

I've called my turkeys like this on the farm many times, but in the woods it could get me shot! Very compactly written to describe a second-guess.

12 points
call of wild turkeys . . .
i move my finger closer
to his house of cards

Francine Banwarth
(2,1,4) = 12 pts

autumn dawn
the gobble of a wild turkey
through the fog

---Jacek M.
(0,4,4) = 12 pts

Sensual and nicely done.

11 points
Thanksgiving gossip
picking over
the turkey carcass

w. f. owen
(0,2,7) = 11 pts

10 points
thanksgiving turkey —
farmer's smallest daughter
cries by the table

Gosia Zamorska
(1,3,1) = 10 pts

one turkey has become
an individual

max verhart
(1,1,5) = 10 pts

9 points
son is overseas
quiet surrounds our table
turkey in deep freeze

Harvey Jenkins
(1,2,2) = 9 pts

kindergarten turkey —
the crayon outline
of each child's hand

Cherie Hunter Day
(1,2,2) = 9 pts

Utterly charming and nostalgic for us older parents.

turkey overdose
even the dog
won't bite

Roberta Beary
(0,3,3) = 9 pts

8 points
Thanksgiving turkey
my least favorite relative
sits down beside me

-- Karen Cesar
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

muffled clucking
in the stubble field mist —
wild turkeys

Barbara Snow
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

Lovely sound.

7 points
autumn feast...
days later the turkey
still giving

--Irene Golas
(2,0,1) = 7 pts

cold turkey —
a tsunami
in his teacup

Earl Keener
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

woods edge —
a wild turkey checks
the feeder

Mary Lee McClure
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

rainy afternoon —
turkeys wander in the town's

Tom Maretic
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

herb-roasted turkey —
last year's tablecloth stain
noticed during grace

- Deborah P Kolodji
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

Election day...
a few wild turkeys
gobbling for attention

Deb Bauer
(0,0,7) = 7 pts

Laughed out loud at this one.

Thanksgiving Dinner —
the men squabble over
who shot the turkey

Nancy Nitrio
(0,0,7) = 7 pts

6 points
turkey legs
in a row
grandpa's missing teeth

Raquel D. Bailey
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

cleaning the attic
mom's turkey napkin holder
as if nothing changed

tish davis
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

The poet gave up
November's melancholy
Cold turkey

Jon Espen Vassbotn
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

the next hole
in my old leather belt —
turkey stuffing

(0,0,6) = 6 pts

5 points
farm turkey
the flip-flapping
of double chin

kala ramesh
(1,0,2) = 5 pts

toss their leftover food
to the turkey

Carmel Lively Westerman
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

turkey carving -
my little grandson's mouth
already open

Zhanna P. Rader
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

4 points
cold turkey —
a starving junkie begs
for a slice

Gautam Nadkarni
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

blood moon
the wild turkeys feast
on bonfire night

(1,0,1) = 4 pts


what we know —
the weight of white turkeys
in afternoon light

Joyce Clement
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

I love the subtle peacefulness of them eyeing up the flock for market with the turkeys in blissful ignorance. Almost overlooked on first reading.

Turkey Day —
the poor person eats
a croissant

(1,0,1) = 4 pts

old diary
a turkey feather
for Nov. 24

Petar Tchouhov
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

seed-scratching turkeys
Black Friday shoppers
scour the sale racks

Sherry Weaver Smith
(0,2,0) = 4 pts

Thanksgiving turkey,
after hours in the oven,
kidnapped by our dog

Rey Barreto
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

between gravestones
a wild turkey wanders
thanksgiving ghost

-Neil Muscott
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

3 points
after dad's death
old hunting gear still packed
his gun and turkey caller

(1,0,0) = 3 pts

indian corn —
a flock of plastic turkeys
on the neighbor's lawn

(1,0,0) = 3 pts

young wild turkeys
come out to browse
first autumn

Bruce Ross
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

family reunion
over turkey dinner
comfortable conflict

Bill Hudson
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

again and again
dialing his wife's number —
cold turkey

Lech Szeglowski
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

rustling leaves
a wild turkey darts
between birches

Catherine J.S. Lee
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

candlelit kitchen —
the turkey's final hour
in the barbecue

Susan Constable
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

A memorable power failure that makes a great funny story, in retrospect. Nice show without tell in the first line, a set up for romance and then down to earth with emergency measures.

Renaissance faire
the old jouster
gnaws a turkey leg

Agnes Eva Savich
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

The robust humour of seeing this old geezer chewing on a turkey leg captures a familiar moment at our modern re-enactments of Renaissance events.
Staying in character, even though turkey has to substitute for some other medieval European bird.

a turkey feather
in grandpa's cap

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

First Place -- 26 pts
new moon
the distant curve
of highway markers

Susan Constable
(2,3,14) = 26 pts

civil war marker
a tour bus

Roberta Beary
(1,5,13) = 26 pts

The levity of visiting of civil war graves is suddenly brought into sharp present time focus with the image of "re-loads" in line 3. The past and the present meet. This haiku has a kind of sardonic, almost black comedy humor that makes me smile when I read it.
Ok, I laughed at 'reloads' versus ‘re-loads’.

Second Place -- 18 pts
scattering ashes
only this granite ledge
as a marker

Cherie Hunter Day
(1,4,7) = 18 pts

Stark and sensual!

Third Place -- 13 pts
back-country road
the stone mile marker
splotched with lichen

Catherine J.S. Lee
(0,4,5) = 13 pts

autumn rain —
a tattooed man sells
permanent markers

Israel Lopez Balan
(0,3,7) = 13 pts

12 points
grave markers...
how much
does anyone need

--Irene Golas
(2,2,2) = 12 pts

grandma's Bible
the silk bookmark ribbon still
in the same place

Dorota Pyra
(1,3,3) = 12 pts

winter light on the kitchen floor
the cat
a sundial marker

April Serock
(1,2,5) = 12 pts

Nice, even if it is a cat-ku.
Lovely images and "catness".

10 points
night classes
her long slender fingers
around the marker

Petar Tchouhov
(2,0,4) = 10 pts

open road
a red-tail perched
on a mileage marker

tom painting
(0,2,6) = 10 pts

line markers etched
into the old closet door —
the inches we grew

Francine Banwarth
(0,1,8) = 10 pts

9 points
lonely journey
counting the mile markers
on the way home

(2,0,3) = 9 pts

8 points
passed down
the highway of life
genetic markers

Bill Hudson
(0,3,2) = 8 pts

spider web
between grave markers —
a fly's last flight, too

Deborah P Kolodji
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

old cemetery
Grandpa's grave marker
so hard to read

Jeanne Jorgensen
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

The dual meaning associated with attempting to read Grandpa's grave is moving. It is difficult to read the legends on the marker because they are old and weathered, but it is also difficult to read because the emotions being experienced obscure the markings. Nice layers of meaning here.

7 points
after the hurricane
a boat on the highway
high tide marker

-Neil Muscott
(0,1,5) = 7 pts

Magic Markers —
the child's trees and cows
are all bright pink

Zhanna P. Rader
(0,1,5) = 7 pts

The smile in this haiku will not stop beaming! I remember so well our children's bright color scenes proudly posted on our refrigerator door. It was a real competition for each of them.

6 points
mile marker —
we calculate the distance
left to travel

Karen Cesar
(1,0,3) = 6 pts

...and who has not traveled over this or any other holiday. The endless weary miles roll past and we count, count, count them by noting the mile markers. This mind numbing experience is well captured in simple language.

on the marker
where her ashes lie

Paul Hodder
(1,0,3) = 6 pts

spring green —
still looking for the magic
in the markers

Carolyn Hall
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

treeless tundra
inuksuk casts
the only shadow

Beth Powell
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

path markers lost,
but my basket is filled
with mushrooms

Tom Maretic
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

his grave marker
3 months later
still no name

(0,1,4) = 6 pts

living room artwork
he hides his magic markers
under the couch

(0,1,4) = 6 pts

5 points
the stain
of a permanent marker
lipstick on his shirt

Raquel Bailey
(1,0,2) = 5 pts

on his tombstone
I leave a pebble marker . . .
will he know?

Carol Raisfeld
(0,2,1) = 5 pts

a faded teddy bear
laid on the roadside

Sherry Weaver Smith
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

Tenderly depicts so much sadness and loss.

the new editor —
circles with green marker
all the male pronouns

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

4 points
girl in the mirror…
with a green marker pen
colouring hair

Daniela Bullas
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

a small beginning
under these big carrot tops —
the old row marker

P. Williams
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

Graffiti artist
Choosing each of his markers
with the utmost care

Rey Barreto
(0,2,0) = 4 pts

snow in the air
counting the pole markers
for my curved drive

Audrey Downey
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

mile marker —
a couple hugs
in my shadow

Rita Odeh
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

rainy day
the smiling toddler's
fistful of markers

Agnes Eva Savich
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

art therapy...
a gray marker mist
across the sun

Carole MacRury
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

grave marker —
on each letter
the leaves

Lech Szeglowski
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

empty saddlebags —
a felt marker line
across the map

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

I felt the journey with this one.

another dead bee
the channel marker
obscured by fog

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

3 points
magic marker…
fireflies flow
into sprites

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

early darkness —
the page marker in my second-hand book
is a love note

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

holy man
a morning glory vine
climbs his marker

(0,1,1) = 3pts

pencil lines
etched in the door frame
mark our lives

Ruth Powell
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

dry clover leaf
still a marker between
my "Leaves of Grass"

Boris Nazansky
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

snow storm —
no route markers
by the highway

Jacek M.
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

Nicely made haiku—a scary situation!

last marker buoy
may the Lord watch
between you and me

George Hawkins
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

fall foliage —
the white dog's marker
on every tree

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

coming home
to a new address . . .
grave marker

Mary Davila
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

Thank you all for participating in the Shiki Monthly Kukai. We will open the December 2007 kukai to submissions on Monday, December 3rd. See you then!

With much appreciation,

Robert and Jennie, co-secretaries
Gary Warner, web host

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