The Shiki Monthly Kukai

January 2010 Kukai

Dear Haiku Friends,

Here are the results for the January 2010 Kukai, wherein our Kigo subject was "First Things" and our Free Format subject was "Love".

Congratulations to Pia So'Sua, winner of our Kigo section and to Melissa Spurr, 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.

Voters comments are in italics below the respective poems.

January 2010 Results
Kigo Theme:
First Things
Free Format Theme: Love

First Place — 29 Points
high up in a tree
the crow changes colour —
first sunrise

Pia So'Sua
(5,3,8) = 29 pts

Second Place — 17 Points
first love
my best friend's bike
at her house

Garry Eaton
(1,2,10) = 17 pts

Awww, I feel the little guy’s heart breaking from the betrayal.

Yes, such a grinding feeling!

first day back
the religion teacher
pregnant again

Terry O'Connor
(0,4,9) = 17 pts

Third Place — 16 Points
first sun —
beside the front door
an old coin

Israel Lopez Balan
(1,4,5) = 16 pts

Fourth Place — 15 Points
first snowfall
she spreads a new quilt
over the bed

Janice Hornburg
(1,2,8) = 15 pts

I think the juxtaposition works well here . . . the snow and quilt as covers for two kinds of beds. Despite the cold, there's so much warmth in this lovely haiku!

Fifth Place — 13 Points
first crow's cry...
the limb's icy glaze

Diane Mayr
(0,4,5) = 13 pts

first kiss...
yet the band plays
Auld Lang Syne

Earl Keener
(0,4,5) = 13 pts

Sixth Place — 12 Points
leaping in midair
a kitten loses the path
of the first snowflake

Cindy Tebo
(0,5,2) = 12 pts

new year
his same old song
and dance

Tom Painting
(0,4,4) = 12 pts

This one made me smile, very clever!

Seventh Place — 11 Points
first dawn
snow-clad mountains erupt
in sparrows' songs

Narayanan Raghunathan
(0,4,3) = 11 pts

new year's morning
her thousandth paper crane
as perfect as her first

Kate Creighton
(0,3,5) = 11 pts

before the first snow
the white

Donna Bauerly
(0,3,5) = 11 pts

first toast
the circle of loved ones
grows smaller

Irene Golas
(0,0,11) = 11 pts

Eighth Place — 10 Points
first raven cry
spilling Basho's shadow
across fresh snow

Kurt R. W.
(1,1,5) = 10 pts

first cry
all I hear is
"It's a boy!"

(0,1,8) = 10 pts

Ninth Place — 8 Points
in the first snow
only my footprints
the morning after

Kilah C.
(1,0,5) = 8 pts

first visit —
my prayers are growing

Barbara A Taylor
(0,3,2) = 8 pts

I love the simplicity of this one.

january 1
a different look
in his eye

Roberta Beary
(0,3,2) = 8 pts

first night ::
one deer wanders
across the snow

timothy russell
(0,3,2) = 8 pts

I like the purity of this observation, a very simple statement and a perfect picture for the mind's eye.

first sun
painting the white ridge

(0,3,2) = 8 pts

blue moon
the first dream of the year
remains a dream

Audrey Downey
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

Year of the Tiger
I have my hair cropped
down to the white

Jan O'Loughlin
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

As I have recently "gone natural" I can relate to this "passage" haiku.

The feeling of enjoying your own skin, warts and all.

first blush of dawn —
things look rosier
this new year

Nancy Nitrio
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

Tenth Place — 7 Points
first snow -
the black kitten pounces
at falling flakes

Andrew Shimield
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

An adorable capture of that 'first' feeling. Also a striking color contrast of purity/decay.

pale moonlight
first raven pecking
the snowman's eye

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

first walk —
the freezing fog hides
the horizon

Isabelle Prondzynski
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

Eleventh Place — 6 Points
New Year's Eve party
noise from the house boat
rises with the tide

Harvey Jenkins
(1,1,1) = 6 pts

first raven cry —
all of my friends are
growing old

Nancy Smith
(1,0,3) = 6 pts

first date
the porch light off
now on

Terri L. French
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

first sun
light from old stars

Beth Powell
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

first kiss —
out of the elevator
she looks for a mirror

Quamrul Hassan
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

Twelfth Place — 5 Points
first morning
a grey bird traverses
the grey sky

(1,1,0) = 5 pts

first email
"Happy New Year —
and Goodbye!

(1,1,0) = 5 pts

New Year starts —
a snowdrop blooming
in my garden

(1,1,0) = 5 pts

morning after —
first broken fingernail
of the new year

(1,1,0) = 5 pts

first kiss...
I touch peach

Gosia Zamorska
(1,0,2) = 5 pts

his first cruise,
carrying only a backpack
and guitar

Chandra Bales
(0,2,1) = 5 pts

This really struck a chord with me - a couple of years ago my son went off moving around the continent (i.e. Europe) for a few months, carrying only a backpack and a guitar - the backpack was actually smaller than the guitar case.

ice moon
the new year begins
with a thaw

Francine Banwarth
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

Thirteenth Place — 4 Points
Painted dragon's head
And a hundred slippered feet
Dance the new year in

Geoffrey A. Landis
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

fingers stained
with holiday colors
her first painting

(1,0,1) = 4 pts

stepping from his bath,
my son declines my help
for the first time

Shelley Krause
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

shadows of the past
gliding over the hills...
first things first

Keith A. Simmonds
(0,2,0) = 4 pts

first, things
matter less than people —
this year's resolution

Jo McInerney
(0,2,0) = 4 pts

first dream —
someone's still out to
get me

Horst Ludwig
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

dawn snow —
in my headlight beam
a set of tyre tracks

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

the juice
from seventeen prunes . . .
my first haiku

Mary Davila
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

first raven
on my chimneypot
steals the light

Ruth Powell
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

his smile lights up
at my first Italian word

Meredith Stern Cavalieri
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

Fourteenth Place — 3 Points
a single rib
began man's submission,
first woman

Tom Conally
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

first dream —
the cash register tapes
in a tangle

Susan Constable
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

Very well executed and suggesting either a portent of the soon to arrive credit card statement from generous Christmas spending or maybe the just past rush of waiting on customers.

first love
the red wine of her kiss
goes to my head

Andre Surridge
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

first grandchild
first time on her lap
itching breasts

max verhart
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

the snow
in last year’s footprints
first sky

Ann K. Schwader
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

First New Year without him emptiness

Mary E. Gray
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

incoming geese —
the new moon is tip-toeing
on the lighthouse

Jon Espen Vassbotn
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

first day
already the blackened hills
turning green

Sjs Stevie Strang
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

new year's dawn
she tells me
I'm her first

Bill Kenney
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

New Year’s Day
deleting their names
from my address book

Lynda True
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

first scream...
silencing the firecrackers
a newborn baby

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

Fifteenth Place — 2 Points
Locked between
my bed and quilt
New Year's chill

R.K. Singh
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

how hard it is
to be sidewalk ice
first sun

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

first New Year’s toast
too many bubbles
in the champagne

Elena Naskova
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

New Year's morning —
last night's champagne
filling the bowl

Brenda J. Gannam
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

first dream …
no gunfire
in starry night

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

snow white, this
first page in my new diary
oh pen! why so shy?

Anne Zooey Lind
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

bright red stars!
pomegranates open on the bush
New Year morning

Rose Marie Stutts
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

bleached deer antlers
among the new ferns
—harsh winter

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

first calligraphy —
amidst fireworks
the eraser of the moon

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

first Morning
the kettle whistles
and the sleepy cups lineup

fereshteh panahi
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

first streetcar —
passengers wish each other
a Happy New Year

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

my new year's haiku —
first things first

Caleb David Mutua
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

first flakes of snow —
faces of children at windows

Virginia Popescu
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

The kitten pounces
on the first fallen blossom
cherry trees weeping

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

Sixteenth Place — 1 Point
first game of Go
planning strategies
in a new year

A Dharma Bum

first day
new resolution
to break


new book pack
...rolling over
the ballerina's toes

carol pearce-worthington

seeing the world
with new eyes
our first EVA


first drips
from an icicle
dint the snow

James Dobson

the big bang
of sky tower fireworks
expanding new year

Elaine Riddell

first things
finished the swing set
3 screws leftover

Terra Martin

jogging the forest path
first hawk sighting this year —

Leslie Montgomery

first dream —
a set of handmade books
with one missing

Marylouise Knight

first high jump —
my clothes are blown upward
by the wind

Anne Wairimu

first student —
tying a tie like
a rope

Eric Mwange

first sunrise —
in unison the beach crowd
lifts up their heads

Carmen Sterba

first city visit —
a traffic policeman assists me
to cross the street

Alex Wanambisi

first thaw —
neighbor cat
rolls on warm cement


first morning
old glitter wiped clean
from the box

Jennifer Corpe

No points this time, sorry.
Hot zooni sizzles,
sharing camaraderie
and first day soup.

Jean Lewis

new year blizzard
the first shadow within a stranger’s hood

martin gottlieb cohen

first new year’s
challenge completed
waking up sober

Bill Hudson

turn of the year
my neighbour plys me
with my favourite cigar

Ralf Broker

Jar of pennies
cold star lite sky
price of New Years wishes

Jenn McSweeney

first sunrise reflects
from snow knocked from split wood
first fire


first day cleaning
last year's resolution
holds onto the wall

Nana Fredua-Agyeman

southwest visitor’s stumble
from their condo


her first I do
all the places
I never knew

Ben Gieske

First kiss
New Year's ball
ten cheers away

Carlos Gesmundo

A first bath,
bed and breakfast for a homeless —
Does his pet get a dog house?

Daniela Bullas

returning crows caw
on garbage day collections
twice a week selections


illuminated sky
toasting his grandson
first New Year

Marlene Buitelaar

cultural exchange
my sister makes temari
for next year's Christmas

Deirdre Godwin

First things first, she said;
So she fried bacon and eggs...
And then she left home.

Tanja Cilia

wake up call
on silver birch
blackbird hails new year

Frances McCarthy

first date —
rushing into an exhibition
to pick a dress

Beryl Achieng

first trip to the city —
waiting for the traffic
to ease

Kelvin Muchiri

magnolia blossoms
a sixties song from my teens
rambles through my brain

John Thompson

the year’s first moon
is it brighter
than yesterday?


New Year's in the park
first bread
for the ducks

Barbara Snow

New tulips
deer tracks in the snow
fresh food now.

Trevor Camp

naughts fade —
rooster's first crowing
awakens hungry tiger

John Hubbard

first walk
with grandma —
solar eclipse

Mary Wambui

first cock crow —
I get up for my morning

Vivian Adhiambo

first day
the pink sun rises
over the old earth

April Serock

in her cupped hand
to baptize the boy

Bill Pauly

the first sunrise —
the appearance of long shadows
and a brown cat

Juhani Tikkanen

new year's task —
dirty storage room to my office
where do I begin....

Hazel A. Witherspoon

clinking wine glasses
celebrating our daughter's
first period

Hans Jongman

First Things in the new year —
sleep and dreams
then dreams and plans

Petru-Ioan Garda

first kiss
or already in bloom


First Place — 26 Points
autumn love
letting him feel
my scar

Melissa Spurr
(3,4,9) = 26 pts

This one is full of trust and vulnerability.

It is an awesome thing to let someone really know you.

Second Place — 25 Points
we sleep
curved into each other...
old spoons

Jo McInerney
(1,8,6) = 25 pts

Simply sweet.

Impressive picture with a sepia character.

My favourite as it evokes a peaceful scene and I imagine an elderly married couple happy and comfortable with each other.

Wonderful how this plays on the concept of spooning.

Third Place — 21 Points
winter night
she stirs the embers
before bed

Tom Painting
(1,5,8) = 21 pts

Even though this might not be read as a love poem, the possibility is there . . . the winter of a couple's lives, the stirring of passion, and the 'togetherness' of the image all combine very nicely.

a year later
still leaving the porch
light on

Terra Martin
(1,4,10) = 21 pts

Of all the submitted poems, I think this one most clearly shows love, rather than telling us about it . . . or assuming we'll figure it out because of the 'assigned' topic. Whether the loved one has moved away or died, both the habit and the love remain.

my grandparents
stand at the end of the dock
casting one shadow

(0,5,11) = 21 pts

I like how the poet brings the intangibles together, showing us how close this couple has become after a lifetime in each other's company.

Fourth Place — 19 Points
midnight moon
my son's shoes missing
from the porch

Roberta Beary
(2,3,7) = 19 pts

Double love here -- the parent's for the son, who is off under the midnight moon, and (perhaps?) the son's for whomever he has gone to see... And the word "missing" shows a little bit of heartache too... thank you for a lovely picture.

Fifth Place — 14 Points
forty years later
giving me the bigger slice of pie

Sjs Stevie Strang
(0,3,8) = 14 pts

This one is so touching. It truly is the little things. . .

Very touching - chivalry is not dead...

Sixth Place — 13 Points
relaxed together
the river slips past
without words

Elaine Riddell
(1,4,2) = 13 pts

lying hand in hand
together we conceive
snow angels

A Dharma Bum
(0,3,7) = 13 pts

Seventh Place — 12 Points
she whispers
are you awake . . .
rain at the window

Bill Kenney
(1,1,7) = 12 pts

Eighth Place — 11 Points
yellow moon —
my neighbours turn off the lights

Israel Lopez Balan
(0,4,3) = 11 pts

one by one
into the open drawer
kitty drops her brood

Barbara A Taylor
(0,3,5) = 11 pts

at the end
of an ordinary day
. . . chocolates

Susan Constable
(0,3,5) = 11 pts

he hides the puppy
under his quilt

Carmel Lively Westerman
(0,2,7) = 11 pts

Ninth Place — 10 Points
phoning him
how her voice

Walter Franceschi
(0,2,6) = 10 pts

nodding off . . .
the taste of her night cream
on my lips

Andrew Shimield
(0,2,6) = 10 pts

I'm guessing these two have been together for awhile. A little bit of humor, which is lovely, and probably a lot of truth.

I want to say that any happily married man can identify with this. Anyway, this happily married man can.

his head in my lap
explaining a broken heart
to the spaniel

(0,2,6) = 10 pts

a beaten path between two homes binds daughter to mother

Kilah C.
(0,1,8) = 10 pts

This one stood out, one of the few that spoke of the mother/daughter bond.

Tenth Place — 9 Points
even now
we move together
in the dark

Ruth Powell
(1,1,4) = 9 pts

winter twilight
old man and his woman
feed the doves

Narayanan Raghunathan
(0,2,5) = 9 pts

snow on the roof . . .
we sink into
the heart-shaped tub

Brenda J. Gannam
(0,2,5) = 9 pts

Eleventh Place -- 8 Points
afternoon tryst
the chili sauce
hotter than usual

Meredith Stern Cavalieri
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

The humor in the juxtaposition is delightful. A hot romance, indeed!

Twelfth Place — 7 Points
cold snap
our hands touch
reaching for a log

Harvey Jenkins
(1,1,2) = 7 pts

holding hands in the park
children play
amidst our silence

Bill Hudson
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

my love
I bring new flowers ...
on your grave

Andrzej Dembonczyk
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

The beggar and his dog —
everybody loves

Petru Ioan Garda
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

blind love -—
every stranger has
his eyes

Gosia Zamorska
(0,1,5) = 7 pts

Thirteenth Place — 6 Points
grandma knits
yet another
single mitten

Diane Mayr
(1,1,1) = 6 pts

by his snoring
this must be love

Terri L. French
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

humid hours
picking rice in the paddies
for her children

(0,1,4) = 6 pts

newborn dad learns to cradle

Beth Powell
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

Fourteenth Place — 5 Points
alone at home —
whistling tea pot
is missing you

Juhani Tikkanen
(1,1,0) = 5 pts

grasps one finger
in her minute hand
my innards clench

(1,1,0) = 5 pts

That amazing moment when you get to be a mom for the first time. The love between parent and newborns is visceral.

walking you
through the wintery forest ...
how warm it is

Ralf Broker
(0,2,1) = 5 pts

an old couple throws snowballs
at the blue sky

martin gottlieb cohen
(0,2,1) = 5 pts

reconnecting —
the zig zag of footprints
in the sand

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

Fifteenth Place — 4 Points
hand in hand
in the afterglow
the old couple

(1,0,1) = 4 pts

north wind
taking your love

carol pearce-worthington
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

with just a touch
our long slow dance begins
a song within a song

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

at first sight
toddler meets puppy

Frances McCarthy
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

fireplace —
our hands move
closer to the fire

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

autumn woodlands —
in privacy an elk
nuzzles her calf

Carmen Sterba
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

Calm dusk —
a bunch of red roses
for my mother

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

I dream
of when we were young
February thaw

Janice Hornburg
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

Sixteenth Place — 3 Points
after the lovemaking
the reflection of the moon
in her eyes

Jacek M.
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

after his coma...
the light in father's eyes
when he sees me

Irene Golas
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

a new calf's bawl —
she heats his cocoa
at three a.m.

Barbara Snow
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

A great picture of love... and a very real scene!

covered bridge
in our flashlights
the outline of a heart

Cindy Tebo
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

all the cracks patched
we leave our house
hand in hand

Elena Naskova
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

on the park bench
an old couple holding hands...
cherries in blossom!

natalia kuznetsova
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

visiting, he leaves
dirt clods from his parents’ graves
on my kitchen floor

Donna Bauerly
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

allotment gardens
lovers cheek to cheek
between carrot leaves

Hans Jongman
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

Seventeenth Place — 2 Points
two hearts throbbing
with strains of Auld Lang Syne...
promises of love

Keith A. Simmonds
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

slippery slop
we walk as one
with four legs

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

Heart drawn in the snow
walking towards their future-
two sets of footprints

Jenn McSweeney
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

a young couple
walks by hand in hand
we smile

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

a shower
of cherry petals
lovers caress

Jan O'Loughlin
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

the safe silence
with cool breezes
from the first storm

Jon Espen Vassbotn
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

piglet runt
needing milk and love —

James Dobson
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

anniversary —
spoon by spoon and slurp by slurp...
udon noodle soup

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

just a kiss goodbye
mile after mile
of untouched snow

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

You are gone
The sun Is large on me

fereshteh panahi
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

expectant and alone
she shares her love sickness
with the autumn moon

Garry Eaton
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

first hot day —
out with his new love
the old neighbour

Isabelle Prondzynski
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

This is quite moving - exploring the dynamics of life and love, how both evolve, often in unexpected directions.

first date
gone well
he takes the long way home

April Serock
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

Eighteenth Place — 1 Point
A thin moon
on her neck hides love
in silk gauge

R.K. Singh

empty bottle . . .
the jagged aftertaste
of love


able to spell love
he watches under grey clouds —
not the spell


A granite boulder
A narrow crack —
That's how you broke my heart

Geoffrey A. Landis

proposal —
the snowflakes make instant
a bride dress


watching the moon rise
I cannot feel the cold frost
with you in my arms

Deirdre Godwin

bright icicles
sparkle from above
angels on high

Jeanne Fiedler

wine cups …
red rose forgets
on table


parking for lovers —
many crocuses between
the tire tracks


blind date and
miracle! —
love at first sight

Virginia Popescu

nothing much
but she is crying —
her cat climbs onto her lap


trapped in the house
for three blizzard-hushed days —
how happy we were!

Shelley Krause

A lonely swan
call for her lost mate,
love hurts

Tom Conally

No points this time, sorry.
my student's students
teach haiku
love of poetry goes on

Rose Marie Stutts

Warming grandma's heart,
you shine like the summer sun,
bringing love again

Jean Lewis

a huge crucifix
lots of family and friends
merry wedding march

Horst Ludwig

cold wind whistles —
she calls long-distance
closer than the miles


a red ribbon
round life's bundle
the sweet shared silence

miriam chaikin

amongst demolished ruins
one pillar still stood
it's red graffiti heart

Terry O'Connor

words and promises
budded and blossomed
echoes of springlike years

Ben Gieske

sunset walk
gulls soaring overhead


the moon after yule~
his kisses her favorite
way to fall asleep

Kate Creighton

June vows
chicken noodle
from scratch

Carlos Gesmundo

back to school —
pupil dilatation and heart palpitation
seeing him…

Daniela Bullas

a buzzard's call
all the way he carries
her skates

marlene buitelaar

love is ....


empty bottle
your endless love...
decree absolute

Andre Surridge

A four-letter word
That has a million meanings —
But not one I like.

Tanja Cilia

l'il red rubber boots
splash through mud puddles she calls
chocolate for feet

John Thompson

a clear-out …
my favorite sweater
goes in the box

Marylouise Knight

high dose of morphine
ends the pain forever-
this is also love

Leslie Montgomery

cool evening —
two people sharing
ideas about love

Marion Masinde

Up on the hill
the cherry blossoms guarded
by your sight

Oprica Padeanu

from your lips
the first words of love —
autumn snail


happy for her
cold nose on my bare feet —
puppy's love

Chandra Bales

Loving thoughts
a small granddaughter,
big grandson.

Trevor Camp

New Year hangover...
wiped out in the snow
yesterday's heart

Dejan Pavlinovic

Facebook chat
email pas de deux —
cyber love

John Hubbard

yo my two great-grannies
side by side, cheerfully seeking
old beaus on facebook

Anne Zooey Lind

she helps the stutterer
struggling to get out
"I love . . . "

Bill Pauly

best friend's birthday soon —
making her favorite cheesecake
during machine rebuilds

Hazel A. Witherspoon

moonlit laughter the richest cream


open cage —
red-faced lovebirds
taken with each other


a lure and bobber
entwined in the tree
prom day

Jennifer Corpe

Love spirals love lifts
the living breath shares grief or
bliss forevermore

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

Thank you for participating in the January 2010 Kukai! We will announce the February Call for Submissions on Sunday, January 31, 2010. See you then!

With much appreciation,

Robert and George

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