The Shiki Monthly Kukai

March 2010 Kukai

Dear Friends,

Here are the results for the March 2010 Kukai, wherein our Kigo subject was Planting/Sowing and our Free Format subject was Cookies.

Congratulations to Tom Painting, winner of our Kigo section and to C.P. Harrison and Tom Painting, 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.

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.

March 2010 Results
Kigo Theme:
Free Format Theme: Cookies

First Place -- 30 Points
spring planting
another turn
of earth

Tom Painting
(2,6,12) = 30 pts

A pearl among ore pellets. A contender for Best of the New Millennium. I mean, I'm jealous.

I like the simplicity of this haiku, as well as the double entendre in L3.

Second Place -- 17 Points
Planting roses—
the young farmer hums
an old love song

Vasile Moldovan
(0,4,9) = 17 pts

'the young farmer' nicely placed sets a mood in this haiku.

The first of three wonderful haiku that deal with a glimpse of eternity. This one is a clear peek at eternity through tradition. Whose old love song is the farmer humming? Who planted that tune in the farmers young brain? Mother/father, grandfather/mother, great-grandmother/father? Very human. Very well done!

wind takes the seeds
I return the hat
to the scarecrow

Boris Nazansky
(0,2,13) = 17 pts

Third Place -- 16 Points
planting rice —
my fathers peer
from my reflection

Earl R. Keener
(2,1,8) = 16 pts

The third in this wonderful triad of haikus shows past and present nose to nose through the reflection in a rice paddy. How many times has this happened, how many times will this happen? Very well done!

A gust of wind
drops corn between
the bones of a crow.

(1,4,5) = 16 pts

Here, I'm caught in the warp of a juxtaposition of new life and life spent.

Late spring and lingering winter is well married here.

Fourth Place -- 15 Points
old plowman
the crooked furrows
on his brow

Roberta Beary
(1,2,8) = 15 pts

Not a common image in haiku, perhaps, but the surprise of L3 makes this one work.

shadows gather
in the long furrows
planter’s moon

Catherine J.S. Lee
(1,2,8) = 15 pts

A lovely image, seeing the moon, the shadows, and perhaps the seeds/seedlings all gathered in the furrows.

filling every furrow
with this seed

(0,4,7) = 15 pts

Fifth Place -- 14 Points
a row
of upturned backs —
women planting

Isabelle Prondzynski
(1,3,5) = 14 pts

A image that approximates that of emerging seedlings. Rather timeless.

small clay pots
on the window sill —
the taste of basil

Marylouise Knight
(1,1,9) = 14 pts

Though we do not write with the intention to rhyme in haiku, I liked the Line 2 and 3 'sil' endings.

my son's fresh grave —
I sow his saved seeds
of forget-me-nots...

Zhanna P. Rader
(0,5,4) = 14 pts

A touching picture of continuance in grief - son would be happy I think to know his sowing was still being done.

plowing the earth
where the barn used to be
winter's end

Stevie Strang
(0,4,6) = 14 pts

Sixth Place -- 12 Points
spring breeze
fastened to the curtain
a few dandelion seeds

Jacek M.
(0,3,6) = 12 pts

I like the choice of the word fastened in Line 2.

Seventh Place -- 11 Points
hands in the dirt
she says she’s unavailable
until fall

Mike Montreuil
(0,2,7) = 11 pts

Eighth Place -- 10 Points
cancer scan
then home to sow
pumpkin seeds

Frances McCarthy
(1,2,3) = 10 pts

Hope, hope, hope; a haiku dripping with hope.

Ninth Place -- 9 Points
dragging a rake
the gardener
wipes her furrowed brow

Elizabeth Warren
(1,1,4) = 9 pts

planting lesson
the schoolboy chases girls
with an earthworm

Rafal Zabratynski
(1,1,4) = 9 pts

I like the lightness of this haiku; the theme of mischief overtakes that of planting, very senryuish, enjoyed the humour.

4H teens
show each other how to sow
wild oats

Brenda J. Gannam
(1,0,6) = 9 pts

Tenth Place -- 8 Points
senior housing
always an empty spot
in the lettuce row

Michele L. Harvey
(1,1,3) = 8 pts

spring planting
the fog rolls over
the pet’s grave

(0,2,4) = 8 pts

in unplowed fields
soldiers planting land mines...
spring sunshine

natalia kuznetsova
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

Eleventh Place -- 7 Points
seeding time
the John Deere trailed by
ribbons of gulls

(0,0,7) = 7 pts

Twelfth Place -- 6 Points
ancient harrow
behind yoked oxen
—muddy rubber boots

(1,1,1) = 6 pts

turning earth ~
my mother shows my daughter
how to sow

Paul Hodder
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

skimming seed catalogs
he tills the soil again
...from his armchair

A Dharma Bum
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

reversible coat
memories of dad plowing
the earth brown again

Angele Lux
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

11th floor
she transplants a snowdrop
to a plastic pot

(0,1,4) = 6 pts

Bringing nature indoors very appealing.

humid morning —
egrets flying over
stooping farmers

Patrick Wafula
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

Another haiku tying people to land but the added image of the egrets in flight, something anyone might envy while working on a humid morning, rather than becoming a distraction made the observation palpable.

spring planting
the growing pain
in my back

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

Thirteenth Place -- 5 Points
reflect on yesterday
harvest for today
plant for tomorrow

(1,1,0) = 5 pts

warm winds
scatter seed from the poppies
hospice home

Garry Eaton
(1,0,2) = 5 pts

Warm and winds are beautiful introductory catch words which pivot well with Lines 2 and 3. I like the juxtaposition of seed scattering in the hope of new life and the hospice were the seeds of life lived are there in contained.

jasmine breeze —
she tried to raise me
a southern lady

Nancy Smith
(1,0,2) = 5 pts

sowing a seed
in warm soil . . .
the lightness of rain

Ron Moss
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

Hope and the mood of lightness are well put together for the sowing of these seeds. It makes a very personal and touching statement.

Her fingers push
the roots into the earth —

R.K. Singh
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

under warm covers
seeds of a haiku

Barbara Campitelli
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

Many of us must identify with the splendid images in this haiku( albeit using a metaphor). I know I do!

drought —
millet and hope
are sown again

James Dobson.
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

freshly seeded grass
under the blossoming plum
a flock of starlings

Susan Constable
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

Fourteenth Place -- 4 Points
my mum weeds
in my new patch

Ralf Brφker (1,0,1) = 4 pts

I plant
the avocado seed
thinking of guacamole

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

and now, at ease
he looks up from his plow and sees
the geese

Jon Espen Vassbotn
(0,2,0) = 4 pts

ritual cleansing
throwing out all the seeds
we planned to plant last spring

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

the child
and a milk carton of dirt

C.P. Harrison
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

This is a sentence, it's all tell and no show, still I found it deeply appealing and true.

sowing seeds
from last year's harvest
one by one

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

blistered hands —
the farmer still holding
ox-plough handles

Enoch Johana
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

planting corn
before the storm arrives
cloud of crows

Ben Gieske
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

The cloud of crows instead of just ominous clouds heightens the anticipation of the storm here.

dry heat
the field and the farmer's brow
both furrowed

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

one sunflower seed
in my hand —
all or nothing

Dorota Pyra
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

windowsill sunlight —
the bowed emergence
of seedlings

aom (tim)
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

alone now
thirty peas
is all she plants

Barbara Snow
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

Fifteenth Place -- 3 Points
school playground
a Victory Garden
for all the Daddys

Carolyn Coit Dancy
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

buds about to burst
brilliant beauty bounds
before the bounty

corri johanson
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

my ground
still too frozen
to receive the seed

Merrill Ann Gonzales
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

while I breakfasted,
my barren field was sown
with meadowlarks

Michael McClintock
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

rites of spring —
the fragrance
of new-turned earth

Ellen Compton
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

frost warning empty seed bags cover the seedlings

Alan S. Bridges
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

past their graves
hills beyond hills
farmers planting corn

carol pearce-worthington
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

The second of the eternity haiku trio. Here we get an epochal view of eternity. The first 2 lines pull me out of sorrow so new I barely grasp it before the last line throws me back in time to mankind's earliest efforts to tame the earth through planting crops. Then I come back to the present and know that all those probably farmers who walk away from the graveside, walk into the future. To plant until they too are planted. (sorry!) Very well done!

first garden
my grandson digs a deep hole
for his pumpkin seed

Harvey Jenkins
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

first planting
along with tea roses
a sprouted onion

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

lovely morning
forget-me-not seeds
can wait for one day

jennie townsend
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

full worm moon —
a handful of earth
the gardener squeezed

Diane Mayr
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

Field sowed —
the snow of lambs
spreading out

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

the smell of turned earth —
tomato seedlings lean
toward the light

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

'lean to...' I liked that phrase, very vivid, without motion; germination, well expressed.

Sixteenth Place -- 2 Points
sowing the seeds —
looking forward to ripe tomatoes
and my newborn baby.

Daniela Bullas
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

after long winter
picking through seed catalogs,
finally planting!

Bridget Cougar
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

March evening —
a tired farmer shouldering
a soiled hoe

Vivian Adhiambo
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

planting seedlings —
my shoe gets stuck
in wet cotton soil

James Bundi
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

planting day —
a student carries a
spade to school

William Odongo
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

turn the garden soil
earthworms wake

peter h. pache
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

her arthritic fingers
trying to scatter
carrot seeds

Donna Bauerly
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

the freshly plowed patch
a section of newspaper
carried by the wind

gillena cox
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

Mother's Day —
I'm planting on her grave

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

high hopes
grandpa plants the sweet corn
grandson holds the worm can

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

March rain —
the farmer's oxen
on a yoke

Faith Achieng
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

trampled seedlings —
two farmers fiercely

Isaac Ndirangu
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

newly tilled earth
sprouting paw prints overnight
neighborhood cats

Elaine Riddell
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

wildflower mix —
stars, sticks, saucers and spheres
sift through my sowing hand

John Thompson
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

Seventeenth Place -- 1 Point
sewing winter socks
cold season coming to an end
sowing spring plantings


Adolescent bulbs
Straining against melting snow

Pat Lammers

hanging on the porch
upside down tomatoes

betty kaplan

new tomato plants
in kitchen window
above snowy yard

Jim Applegate

moist rainfall...
a young farmer planting
his first crop

Keith A. Simmonds

a spring planting
young fingers work the dirt
to fertility

Anne Curran

frost crystals sprout
in new-plowed furrows
returning cold

Janice Hornburg

tobacco sets
wilt in red-clay furrows
another cloudless day

Kilah C.

Abernathy, Lowrey, King,
plowing, planting, cultivating —
harvesting rights for all

John Hubbard

knees dark with dirt —
in my mind a picture
of last year's garden

Shelley Krause

black birds swooping
into the furrows
cut by the plow

Rose Marie Stutts

a lotus seed soaking
fragrance in the air


nose to nose
with the first green
seedling trays

Ann K. Schwader

chilly morning —
grandma plants the seed
at an acute angle

Franciscah Katethya

turning the earth
in the flower garden
we bury our cat

Francine Banwarth

No points this time, sorry.
In spring he sowed seeds,
tended carefully they grew,
blossomed into love.

Jean Lewis

the scent
of newly-turned earth
o - my heart!

miriam chaikin

without water
there's no point
in sowing

Barbara A Taylor

a single tulip
sown among the heather —
squirrel's forgotten cache

Cara Holman

tulip bulbs
maybe the rabbit's
Easter meal

Carlos Gesmundo

new rubber boots
helping Grandma plant blue bells
at Nana's grave

maxianne berger

her stored seeds —
she would never see the plants
even if they are sown

vishnu p kapoor

window dark with soot
treetop greenery shading
seedlings underfoot


early March
a few grass seeds fallen snugly
into acorn holes


farm —
furrows, flooded
with sweat


a bluetooth rides along
on the tractor.


spring plowing
colt watches


This year, too,
my seedlings, near the window,
won't make it.

Horst Ludwig

the old farmer's dream:
a dove sowing golden seeds
in his deep hammock

Svend A. Doggfall

the dark of the moon
a time for spells and planting
old ways still observed

Deirdre Godwin

Early March,
reseed the front lawn.
Goldfinches feed.

Trevor Camp

long rains —
I dig maize seed holes
with a machete

Anne Wairimu

mid term break —
a little child plants a tree
in a manured field

Angeline Muthoki

calm morning —
a sweating man prepares his
garden for planting

Kevin Asava

ouch my back —
an old woman prepares
her garden for planting

Adan Isaac

heavy downpour —
grandma holds a stick as
she plants groundnuts

Duncan Omoto

chilly morning —
step by step he plants
his maize seedlings

Rodgers Nzomo

hot afternoon —
gumboots make their move
as he sows his seed

Scholastica Mumbe

Snow glistens and gleams
a powdered sugar marvel
undisturbed by man


Oncidiums slumber,
their seeds beneath the earth
Awaken...and grow again.

Mark Lonergan

wind-twisted hair,
seeding the garden

jeanette blain

Sowing sunflower —
the seed will be guided
after the sun too?

Petru-Ioan Garda

First Place -- 28 Points
summer picnic —
the last of the cookie crumbs
walk by

C.P. Harrison
(2,8,6) = 28 pts

I was tempted to give this one all of my votes! Great imagery.

home alone
my finger circles
the cookie tin

Tom Painting
(1,7,11) = 28 pts

Simple, yet elegant. Oh, the temptation when there's no one to notice!

Second Place -- 18 Points
winter romance —
crumbs at the bottom
of a cookie jar

(1,2,11) = 18 pts

To me, this is a gem of a haiku - it tells a whole, lovely story in ten words.

Third Place -- 17 Points
morning bake shop
the last cookies sold
for a smile

Michele Harvey
(1,3,8) = 17 pts

I very rarely choose to award 3 points to a haiku because there are so many that deserve recognition. This kukai I will have to ask forgiveness from the other haiku that deserve a point from me because I find this haiku to be very well crafted and evocative of scenes from my childhood. It's a hit with me!

Fourth Place -- 16 Points
Mom's recipe
each cookie touching
the next

Beth Powell
(2,2,6) = 16 pts

morning moon
a plate of sugar cookies

Francine Banwarth
(0,3,10) = 16 pts

Fifth Place -- 15 Points
my taste buds
listen to bagpipes

Ralf Brφker
(0,5,5) = 15 pts

Sixth Place -- 14 Points
memorial plans —
we search her recipe box
for shortbread cookies

Susan Constable
(1,2,7) = 14 pts

Seventh Place -- 13 Points
ginger snaps
she pretends not to know
what he did

Earl R. Keener
(1,3,4) = 13 pts

The choice of cookie brings the phrase to life with multiple interpretations.

Eighth Place -- 12 Points
making grandma's cookies —
wondering what a "smidgen" is

Terri L. French
(2,1,4) = 12 pts

I liked the humour in this one.

school party ...
a gingerbread man
loses his head

Carol Raisfeld
(0,0,12) = 12 pts

Ninth Place -- 9 Points
before sunrise
carrot cookies
on the porch

(2,1,1) = 9 pts

enough cookies for
two girls, five dolls, a puppy
and the thieving jay

Bridget Cougar
(1,2,2) = 9 pts

still talking

he takes

the last cookie

Paul Hodder

(1,1,4) = 9 pts

Tenth Place -- 8 Points
East River Park
the smell of the coal barge
in the cookies

(1,1,3) = 8 pts

spring rain
one batch of cookies
follows another

jennie townsend
(1,1,3) = 8 pts

beach house cookies
with honey scented milk —
ocean moonrise

Ron Moss
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

I can hear my son
emptying the cookie jar

Mike Montreuil
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

only crumbs
on the kitchen top —
the dog wags its tail

(0,2,4) = 8 pts

Christmas tea —
he whispers the recipe
for bourbon balls

Ellen Compton
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

My favourite this month. The scene is so vivid --and I love the fact that he "whispers"! Good kigo too. A memorable haiku.

I wish I had more points--I think this is fabulous.

field trip —
breaking the last of a cookie
in thirds

aom (tim)
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

on a cookie sheet
still warm from the oven
only crumbs

frederick c gier
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

Eleventh Place -- 7 Points
cayenne sprinkled
on the gingerbread man...
my redhead

Alan S. Bridges
(1,1,2) = 7 pts

careful construction
first the floor and walls and roof
then the licorice

Deirdre Godwin
(1,0,4) = 7 pts

March madness
sorting the shipment
of Girl Scout cookies

(0,2,3) = 7 pts

my old neighbour-
her friends are old
her cookies too

Gryta Wansdronk
(0,2,3) = 7 pts

This tickles my funny bone. It is so matter-of-fact it's comical. Love it!

Twelfth Place -- 6 Points
she answers the door
a telltale smudge of batter
on her nose

Meredith Cavalieri
(1,1,1) = 6 pts

my desk drawer —
a whiff of
maple leaf cookies

Marylouise Knight
(0,2,2) = 6 pts

I liked the appeal of aroma. Just imagine the co workers being extra friendly on that day.

in loneliness...
just one more
piece of cake

Lech Szeglowski
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

chocolate chips
the cookie dough
gets half

Ann K. Schwader
(0,0,6) = 6 pts

Reading through the rove of 'o's in this is appealing.

Thirteenth Place -- 5 Points
my sister's child
shares her cookie
with my disk drive

Rose Marie Stutts
(1,0,2) = 5 pts

Aesop's fable —
one girl hugs her
gingerbread man

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

lingering warmth
the snowman now headless
on the cookie rack

Angele Lux
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

making memories
grandchildrens' thumbprints
baked in the cookies

Frances McCarthy
(0,0,5) = 5 pts

sprinkling sugar
on the shamrock cookies . . .
rainy afternoon

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

Near St Patrick's day, I appreciated the timeliness of this haiku.

suspicious silence
a track of chocolate cookies
leads to the toddler

Rafal Zabratynski
(0,0,5) = 5 pts

Fourteenth Place -- 4 Points
delicious cookies —
the toll is paid
by my waistline

James Dobson
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

baking cookies
for our troops abroad —
in my son's memory...

Zhanna P. Rader
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

This one made me feel a bit sad.

my seat by the galley...
warm cookies destined
for business class

Scott Mason
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

three safari ants
pulling a biscuit crumb —
March rain

Isaac Ndirangu
(0,0,4) = 4 pts

Fifteenth Place -- 3 Points
picking up crumbs
along the new path
leads the way

Merrill Ann Gonzales
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

Gingerbread pantry
Molasses flavored dreams
Grandma’s house in summer

Pat Lammers
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

part of his daily life —
the holy and the wicked

Daniela Bullas
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

breakfast —
remains of cookie crumbles
on the plate

Hussein Haji
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

prediabetic —
chocolate chip eyes follow
my every move

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

potluck cookies
our hostess whispers
"they're pretty strong"

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

magpies squabbling
under the teeter-totter
an Oreo

maxianne berger
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

lost in the cookie

Diane Mayr
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

after-school treat
the scent of snickerdoodles
In the oven

Carolyn Coit Dancy
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

birthday party —
she puts some more cream
on her biscuits

Duncan Omoto
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

Sixteenth Place -- 2 Points
stale cookies tossed —
skidding claws,
plunging wings

Kurt R. W
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

still married
with grandchildren
fortune cookie fortune

Stevie Strang
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

in the kitchen
Monster Cookies

betty kaplan
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

tea time —
these ginger snaps
have lost their snap

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

garden party
with hilarious voices...
grandma's cookies

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

cowboy & Indians
peace pow-wow
freshly-baked cookies

Ben Gieske
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

empty cookie box
hidden in the rubbish bin
another failed diet

Janice Hornburg
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

Easter Sunday
the daffodil lips pucker up
ready to kiss

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

homealone rain —
a handful of crumbs
in the cookie jar

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

Hansel und Gretel
walk straight through the woods knowing
quality cookies

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

crunch time —
strategies discussed over
a jar of cookies

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

New Year's resolution
giving way to temptation -
Girl Scout cookies

A Dharma Bum
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

junk mail
I offer the carrier
Oreo cookies

Barbara Snow
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

deep recession —
she burns the batch
of financiers

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

Seventeenth Place -- 1 Point
shaking hands
in the cookie jar
old Gypsy lyre

Garry Eaton

boiled too hard...
the toffee on the cookie
breaks a tooth

Barbara A Taylor

Christmas market —
we buy an assortment of cookies
from the pretty stand girl

Walter Franceschi

walking in my sleep:
with brown sugar in my hair
and grandma's oatcakes

Svend A. Doggfall

hiding new-baked cookies —
grandpa averts his eyes

Juhani Tikkanen

in the middle
of the lecture
dreaming about apple pie

Jacek M.

my grand child ask for my
cookie recipe


3D effect
popcorn rain
in cinema


perfect ginger snaps
grandma's measuring cup and spoons
her gnarly left hand


give way to daffodils —

John Hubbard

hot evening —
a child enjoys ginger biscuits
under a tree

Franciscah Katethya

raindrops —
a black hen feeds on a
piece of biscuit

Scholasticah Mumbe

washing crockery —
a cockroach trapped in a glass
with biscuit crumbs

Stephen Macharia

story telling
around the hearth —
munching biscuits

Elkana Mogaka

home from school
the smell of new-baked cookies
meets me at the gate

Elaine Riddell

all day rain —
cooling Anzacs
flood the house

rob scott

time for tea
snap to it


birthday thirty-six,
a single box of
girl-scout cookies

jeanette blain

Bars on the windows —
lying down and
eating cookies

Petru-Ioan Garda

No points this time, sorry.
dipping oreos
sport without any venue
always an event


very finicky
an ideal crisp chip cookie
found, can be tricky

corri johanson

Girl Scouts
It's a good cause

Mary E. Gray

Chocolate cookies,
loved by commoner or king,
smile now and indulge.

Jean Lewis

flaking white paint
wasps in the old well
grandma’s jam cookies


Martyr's Day —
forty eight-shaped honey cakes
under icons


box of grandma’s cookies
only one left now
warm fire

Jim Applegate

Making lemon tea
and warm buttery toast —
birds singing outside


spring days are here . . .
the neighbor gives a cookie
to my wandering dog

Michael McClintock

Grammy —
the only one who can make
cookies like Grammy's


chocolate chip cookies
fresh out of the oven —
the taste of comfort

Cara Holman

just like an oreo
our wafer outsides
with sweet soft centers

Jeanne Fiedler

Grandma's cookies
than her Pound Cake

Donna Bauerly

cookie crumbs
a crumbled napkin
the empty table

gillena cox

carnival comes
and goes, malasada fever


a monkey appears
from the shade of a tree...
our biscuits!

Isabelle Prondzynski

undivided sky
circular horizon eats
swallows flying by


Grease, slip. fall,
more broken biscuits.
Blue Jays eat.

Trevor Camp

Sun over the field —
a magpie pecking
some biscuits


hot afternoon —
a monkey snatches a piece
of biscuit from my hand

Angeline Muthoki

a packet of biscuits —
she goes for it as
a present

Esther Obwamu

arrival of sponsors —
students compete to
win the biscuits

Celestine Otieno

dark clouds —
a little boy stoops to pick up
crunched biscuits

Antony Mwangi

hot tea —
every dip to soften
reduces the biscuit

James Bundi

we laugh at our toothless
grandma munching biscuits —
birthday party

Faith Achieng

brownies delectable
shortbread favorites
angel hearts heavenly


small morsels of joy
a chocolaty wonderland
bursts into life


a bit of cream
in the cold raw milk —
warm chocolate chips


Christmas cookies
my job: the sprinkles
grandma's tired smile

John Thompson

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With much appreciation,

Robert and George

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