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 votes 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.

September 2002 Kukai Results
Kigo Theme: Nut
Free Format Theme: Cooler

First Place - 12 points

almost bedtime ...
one last walnut shell
ignites the embers

sheila windsor

Second Place -- 11 points

divorce papers
I pick the nuts out of
the waldorf salad

Carmel C. Lively

Third Place -- 10 points

night clouds--
the blind man plucks an acorn
from his tin cup

Kathy Lippard Cobb

Fourth Place -- 9 points

peanut brittle
yellow leaves crunch
beneath my boots

Darrell Byrd

Fifth Place -- 8 points

on the train -
watching her lick salt
from the cashew

Carol Raisfeld

falling chestnuts --
the kitten jumps
into my lap

hortensia anderson

Sixth Place -- 7 points

cold autumn night
the street vendor hands me
a roasted chestnut


Seventh Place -- 6 points

piñon harvest
village elders
look younger

Ghost Cat

Eighth Place -- 4 points

among the tools
on the carpenter's bench
a coconut

Tore Sverredal

Ninth Place -- 3 points

11 o'clock break
fragrance of hazelnuts
in perking coffee

Ellen Compton

above the mist
walnuts have fallen
in the path


garage attic
a hen mallard decoy sits
on nest of acorns


Sunday afternoon--
we crack black walnuts
for homemade fudge

Billie Wilson

softly dripping trees
a rat finds a peanut
among the shells

Johannes Manjrekar

pecan lover’s yard -
a bountiful crop
of squirrels

Nancy Smith

a bowl of peanuts -
my daughter leaves a trail
of freshly cracked shells

Deborah P. Kolodji

migraine aura
with each cracking walnut
the pain implodes

roberta beary

autumn chill
the chestnut seller scoops coal
onto his stove

Angèle Lux

First Place -- 20 points

cooler days
a fallen leaf twists
on a strand of web


Second Place -- 12 points

cooler morning
a sparrow huddled against
the red light

Angèle Lux

Third Place -- 11 points

cooler nights -
the curve of your back
nestled in mine

Carol Raisfeld

Fourth Place -- 8 points

cooler breezes
the smell of mothballs on
my mackinaw

Darrell Byrd

cooler autumn nights
only the basement cricket
sings until dawn


cooler weather
my neighbor wears socks
with her birkenstocks

Carmel C. Lively
032 - 8

Fifth Place -- 7 points

cooler days--
pick up the tempo

Ellen Compton

brushes the pond --
autumn coolness

hortensia anderson

Sixth Place -- 6 points

cooler nights
the sound of tree frogs
through open windows


journey's end
where the towers were
a cooler breeze

roberta beary
022 - 6

Seventh Place -- 4 points

cooler today--
a lawn filled with the red
of southbound robins

Billie Wilson
101 - 4

at water's edge
just me and the gulls
days are cooler

Gene Williamson
020 - 4

Eighth Place -- 3 points

cooler days
after the shower
ants stream up the tree

Johannes Manjrekar
100 - 3

suddenly cooler
an old man unwraps
his umbrella

Tore Sverredal
100 - 3

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