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April 2010 Kukai

Congratulations to Tim Singleton, winner of our Kigo section and to Edward, winner of our Free Format section!

April 2010 Results
Kigo Theme: 
Emerging Animals
Free Format Theme: Time

First Place — 33 Points
dusk —
the geese
just darker than the sky

aom (tim)
(3,6,12) = 33 pts

Graceful and evocative.

A lovely observation.

I've always liked grisaille.


Second Place — 26 Points
night watch
opening the window
to spring peepers

Michele L. Harvey
(3,4,9) = 26 pts


Third Place — 20 Points
cherry blossom — 
in my kitchen
the first ants

Gryta Wansdronk
(1,6,5) = 20 pts


Fourth Place — 18 Points
early morning
near the pond a toad
on a toad

Carol Raisfeld
(0,6,6) = 18 pts


Fifth Place — 16 Points
night class —
a bat drops from shadow
into flight

Laurene
(1,4,5) = 16 pts

I'd never thought of a baby bat's first flight! Thank you!


Sixth Place — 15 Points
finally from the folded
and folded paper
an origami crane

Ellen Romano
(1,4,4) = 15 pts

I love the 'f' alliteration here; it resonates well with the repetition theme.


Seventh Place — 13 Points
red squirrel
still scolding
last year's enemies

Kurt R. W.
(2,0,7) = 13 pts

That's a long story - told in a few words.


Eighth Place — 12 Points
windy summit
a whistling marmot
courts a mate

Tom Painting
(1,1,7) = 12 pts

Nature wants to make its way. And makes me smile.


Ninth Place — 11 Points
night rain —
frogs croaking
louder

Peter Kalivo
(0,2,7) = 11 pts

I like the plainness of this, and the statement as fact of what may be merely an impression.


Tenth Place — 9 Points
grain by grain
the fire ant mound
begins to grow

Rose Marie Stutts
(1,1,4) = 9 pts

again the woodpecker
second thoughts
at twilight

maxianne berger
(0,2,5) = 9 pts

out of the blue
robins on their nests Earl Randal Keener
(0,2,5) = 9 pts


Eleventh Place — 8 Points
Dew head over heels —
the manuscript about flowers
read by the ants

Oprica Padeanu
(1,2,1) = 8 pts

first breath —
a tadpole dreams
of leaping

Carole MacRury
(1,1,3) = 8 pts

a fawn's pose
in daffodil light
held for a breath

Francine Banwarth
(1,1,3) = 8 pts

Too poetical for my taste, but there is a moment there.

I love "daffodil light."

a butterfly
no, a blossom
no, a butterfly!

rob scott
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

in the snowmelt
an earthworm stretching
to full length

Michael Baribeau
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

It would be stronger without "in the."

winter rains have
filled the pond again-
ducklings

Leslie Montgomery
(0,1,6) = 8 pts

This says spring without saying "spring."


Twelfth Place — 7 Points
just at our first kiss,
a curious butterfly
above us

Adina Enachescu
(1,0,4) = 7 pts

between the rocks
sparkling for a moment —
a baby lizard

Manuela Dragomirescu
(1,0,4) = 7 pts

long night
come on out mouse
we're alone

Bill Kenney
(0,1,5) = 7 pts

I'm glad I'm not the only one who isn't "disturbed" by little critters in the house!

house finch —
first concert
of the season

Barbara Campitelli
(0,1,5) = 7 pts

out of the tulip
a bumblebee pollinates
the gardener

Bill Pauly
(0,1,5) = 7 pts

bright morning
hedgehog blinks away
his winter sleep

Frances McCarthy
(0,0,7) = 7 pts


Thirteenth Place — 6 Points
so many fence posts
and no
Meadowlarks

Donna Bauerly
(1,1,1) = 6 pts


Fourteenth Place — 5 Points
termites —
a fallen post across
the path

Faith Atieno
(0,2,1) = 5 pts

howling wolves —
the moon from the frosted pond
starts splinting

kaiser
(0,2,1) = 5 pts

Nice, except shouldn't the “from” be ”on”?

spring thaw
a puppy’s paw print
in relief

Elizabeth Warren
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

All of my senses were stretched in this haiku.

dawn bird song —
sudden memory
of last night's rain

Shelley Krause
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

sudden squall
the pavement slick
with worms

NHyde
(0,0,5) = 5 pts


Fifteenth Place — 4 Points
breathe in breathe out
dampness at the tip
of a drab cocoon

Barbara Snow
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

ouzel and I
boulder hop up the creek
to its meadow roots

John Thompson
(1,0,1) = 4 pts

a romping dog pees
on every tree in the park
spring at last

Garry Eaton
(0,2,0) = 4 pts

chasing squirrels
blossoms shake another
and another

martin
(0,2,0) = 4 pts

darkening sky —
a cluster of caterpillars
on a swaying leaf

Patrick Wafula
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

tired of crawling
the caterpillar
leaves the cocoon with wings

Edward
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

Sunday morning
the bunny sniffs the air —
a lone daffodil

Marylouise Knight
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

behind the barn
blinded by sunlight
kittens

Amicus
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

horns emerge
in our bucket of snails —
baby song thrush

andrea
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

car commuting
I and a ladybird
speeding

Rafal Zabratynski
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

Valentine's dusk
the smell
of skunk

LeRoy Gorman
(0,0,4) = 4 pts


Sixteenth Place — 3 Points
croaking bullfrogs —
another sleepless
night

Charles Mbindyo
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

ten years old his dad
has him pull the calving rope
first hard birth

gourdman
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

upturned earth
an echidna's night
of ecstasy

Barb Taylor
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

out from the pond
a frog
...silently

John McDonald
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

yellow butterflies and turtles
sharing sun
on the same log

Terri L. French
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

silent pond
first to emerge
the frog

Cara Holman
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

mom and the woodchuck
both preoccupied with
spring cleaning

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

my father advising
on tax savings —
evening cicadas

Kameshwar Rao
(0,0,3) = 3 pts


Seventeenth Place — 2 Points
wild-life crossing
a cat here, a monkey there
going slow

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

first hot day
a noise a lake
duck holler

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

the puppy sniffs
at a piece of pizzle
and whines

Ralf Bröker
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

rising sun —
termites busy working on
their damaged anthill

Winslause Yamame
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

swelling creek —
a butterflies rainbow
on the opposite shore

Jacek M
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

The idea of distance is well crafted in each line yet the two parts of the poem remain clearly delineated.

a reindeer takes the train
in blood
and midnight sun

victoria oswald
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

fewer tulips than yesterday
motionless rabbit
eyes me through the fence

deanna tief
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

tree-frogs
out of the imagination
of the great tree

Michael McClintock
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

From the tree ducklings
emerge, fly, tumble and bounce
Mother Wood Duck quacks

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

sunny skies
the molehill explodes
into life

Gautam Nadkarni
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

transit landing —
a swarm of mosquitoes
invades the plane

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

breaking for
a squirrel -------- missing
the next generation

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

Golden flecks glimmer
Peering from portals of stone
Coy koi, racoon waits

Pat Lammers
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

box elder bugs
crawl on worn wood —
the sun's heat

Canticle
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

bellow
of the old bull frog
echoing

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

leaving the ark
baboons complain
about the mud

soji
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

april wind —
a small white eggshell
yellow puddle

anonymous
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

a snake appears —
the young asparagus is
no longer attractive

Tomislav
(0,0,2) = 2 pts


Eighteenth Place — 1 Point
back yard chit-chat
a clucking fowl leads the chicks
to the water trough

gillena cox

damp and drowsy chicks
scattered bits of shell
slow tears on my face

mechaieh

the groundhog
blinded by flash bulbs
—toast and cocoa

if

withering maize —
a cutworm peeps
from a hole

Emmanuel Mutati

stagnant water —
a chicken chasing
a one-legged frog

Musa Salim

the black grouse
outside the cabin window
raises April fool doubt

Erik Boye

nest robber
blue jay bursts from bush
damage done

anonymous

a new skunk path
from under the porch
spring migration

Catherine J.S. Lee

a rabbit
pants in the shade...
deepening drought

Keith A. Simmonds

tyger tyger
from the woods a different tigress
for each stripe

anonymous

Reads raw due to the omission of the rhyming word bright, painful like a shattered idealization.

with a zing of wings
the returning hummingbird
demands fresh syrup

Deirdre Godwin

cloudy —
only the cacophony
of Canada geese

Carolyn Coit Dancy

mother thrasher's eyes
searching out safe nesting place —
rose arbor it is

John Hubbard

summer sun
just outside his door
the sand crab freezes

C.P. Harrison

the dawn chorus
calls from the riverside —
bullfrogs

Barrack Elungata

spring fling
two frogs croak
in unison

Meredith Stern Cavalieri

chasing after
a vanishing firefly
into a ricefield

Stella

my cry
on a hedgehog's spines
across our lawn

Dejan Pavlinovic

still some snow
on the north side of the fence
gophers on the road

DeVar

cul-de-sac street —
gopher snakes slither down from
a grassy hillock

ito

pulling weeds
a lizard sheds his tail
spring chill

Stevie Strang

in the glacier cave
drip ... drop ...
echoes of time

Li Ree

sound;
two oystercatchers
in

og_a


No points this time, sorry.
Red evening sun.
On the county road squashed flat
clearly the first skunk.

Horst Ludwig

Rabbit chomps clover
Wary eye to the road
Spring sighting

Mary E. Gray

they lived happily...
two furry bodies
on the roadside

Ghost Cat

muddy soil —
a wriggling earthworm
on the hen's beak

Anne Mbula

fiery lion's mane
rose sun color slaughtered lambs
sacrificial gain

Keith Moser

cool mountain stream
rainbow trout breaks the surface...
good bye poor mayfly

Tom Conally

a dazzling morning —
I brake just in time
for a dashing rabbit

anonymous

a possum shows up —
my loud "scram! go-go-go!"
doesn't impress him

anonymous

he slithers away —
leaving a slough
in the grasss

James Dobson

a rock moved
from under the shed —
groundhog hole

Merrill Ann Gonzales

spring cleaning
scorpion on the
window screen

Bill Hudson

who on earth
needs all these animals —
mosquitoes, people

Juhani Tikkanen

no frost
on the windshield —
first skunk

John Soules

Two bright eyes
in the river bank.
Which animal?

Trevor Camp

moving by torchlight
silently up the forest track —
kiwi-spotting

Elaine Riddell

waked up early
near the snow patch
amazed hedgehog

Radu Ignatescu

marmots from deep holes
bask in another Spring's sun
aware of wolves

old pajamas

Molehills
on the field of trefoil —
the angry peasant

Miorita

mayday-
a mole pops up
has a sniff at the view

Jon Espen Vassbotn

up from his den
hungry and grumpy
boy or bear?

Ruth Powell


General Comments:

Lots of good ones this time.



First Place — 25 Points
railroad crossing
their goodnight kiss
one hundred boxcars long

Edward
(2,3,13) = 25 pts

My memory of a kiss as high as the Empire State Building.

This is delightful.

'one hundred boxcars long', nice emphasis.


Second Place — 20 Points
still no word...
a piece of sky
left by the clouds

Rob Scott
(1,6,5) = 20 pts


Third Place — 18 Points
whistling across fields
the boy
your father was

carol pearce-worthington
(0,4,10) = 18 pts


Fourth Place — 16 Points
shadows slipping
down the mountain's face —
another day

Terri L. French
(0,5,6) = 16 pts


Fifth Place — 15 Points
the long pause
after you said
cancer

Stevie Strang
(0,2,11) = 15 pts


Sixth Place — 14 Points
only five stops
and forty-five years
from home

kami haiku
(0,3,8) = 14 pts

A graceful entry.


Seventh Place — 13 Points
graveyard shift —
the coke machine
keeps the change

DeVar
(1,1,8) = 13 pts

You could have the event at a different time, but how different the effect would be.

a sundial
hidden by weeds
house for sale

Carole MacRury
(0,2,9) = 13 pts


Eighth Place — 12 Points
prayer candle
shadows pass through
each other

martin
(1,1,7) = 12 pts

From the visual to the visionary, and it's made to look effortless. For me, the best of the month in either category. But, to be honest, the connection to the assigned topic seems rather tenuous.


Ninth Place — 11 Points
Broken hourglass —
the time bursting in
a thousand bits

Vasile Moldovan
(2,1,3) = 11 pts

supper on the stove
I watch the sun slide
down the pine

Diane Mayr
(0,3,5) = 11 pts

slip of the knife
the time before
the cut starts bleeding

polona
(0,1,9) = 11 pts

Ooo, I can feel it!


Tenth Place — 10 Points
for a second
he strokes the back
of the dragonfly

Anne Curran
(0,3,4) = 10 pts

my notebook —
I sit with eyes closed
to see yesterday

Marylouise Knight
(0,1,8) = 10 pts


Eleventh Place — 8 Points
surf-tossed bottle
years ago, the words
I should have written

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

I like the hankering for a past time absorbed into the mood of the theme.

missing button
another winter
gone

Bill Kenney
(1,1,3) = 8 pts

home video
the voice of my mother
belongs to the young girl

Boris Nazansky
(1,1,3) = 8 pts

slow dance . . .
the scent
of wallflowers

Francine Banwarth
(1,0,5) = 8 pts

shoe rack
move boots back
bring sandals forward

miriam chaikin
(0,3,2) = 8 pts

how long
this wave
travels

Ralf Bröker
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

wall clock —
though its hands have stopped
my beard keeps growing

Walter Franceschi
(0,2,4) = 8 pts

almost two weeks
sooner than last year —
dogwood blossoms

Shelley Krause
(0,2,4) = 8 pts


Twelfth Place — 7 Points
slow afternoon
a sunbeam lingers
on the inkstone

Catherine J.S. Lee
(1,0,4) = 7 pts

A beauty. Every word is just right. And the picture is lovely.

"inkstone" always strikes me as affected, but the quiet simplicity of this overcomes my prejudice. I like a picture painted; striking the balance of light and shadows the moment in this haiku.

overcast...
and all at once
the downpour starts

Gautam Nadkarni
(0,3,1) = 7 pts

Easter morning
the broken watch chimes
in the cupboard

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

the time it takes
to make up my mind —
spotted banana

Susan Constable
(0,0,7) = 7 pts


Thirteenth Place — 6 Points
lovers for a day
already we have memories
and a past

Michael McClintock
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

on the porch
lingering
milk moon

NHyde
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

old fountain pen —
fresh ink connects
mother and son

John Hubbard
(0,1,4) = 6 pts

first spring
without your father
dripping icicles

Erik Boye
(0,0,6) = 6 pts

moonless night —
the traffic light turns green
again

Israel Lopez Balan
(0,0,6) = 6 pts


Fourteenth Place — 5 Points
sun shadows . . .
a nurse closes the blinds
at dusk

Carol Raisfeld
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

meadow . . .
the time our footprints
leave in the dew

Bill Pauly
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

but today
the grass is pink
cherry petals

Carlos Gesmundo
(0,1,3) = 5 pts

trumpet vine
she times the fall
of a blossom

Tom Painting
(0,0,5) = 5 pts

window moon
the doctor murmurs
not long now

Roberta Beary
(0,0,5) = 5 pts


Fifteenth Place — 4 Points
Friday night
waiting for
the phone to ring

Cara Holman
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

...and after light-years:
this sunlight
splashing on the ground

John McDonald
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

days expire
along the hospital window
a raging fly

Gryta Wansdronk
(0,1,2) = 4 pts

This seems to me a brilliant juxtaposition. It reminds me of Dylan Thomas's "Go not gently into that good night."

starlight —
her letters
from so long ago

Paul Hodder
(0,1,2) = 4 pts


Sixteenth Place — 3 Points
Oh, cherry blossom
time cannot make me forget
your fragrance

Manuela Dragomirescu
(1,0,0) = 3 pts

first light..
the semblance of your
smile

Terra Martin
(0,1,1) = 3 pts

Chirp, buzz, whoosh, tinkle
Warm, bright, loamy perfumed air
Crank up the mower

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

late for work —
dissipating warmth
from your side of the bed

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

clock tower midnight
both hands point
at moon glow

Garry Eaton
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

daffodils in bloom —
the time with you
only a memory

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

school year
my children's clothes
always getting smaller

Meredith Stern Cavalieri
(0,0,3) = 3 pts

Daylight Savings Time
the cuckoo calls an hour
too early

ito
(0,0,3) = 3 pts


Seventeenth Place — 2 Points
sunrise
water hens
softly lapping water

mark lonergan
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

this time
high on my wish list
acceptance

Barbara A Taylor
(0,1,0) = 2 pts

rummaging through my drawer —
Mom's obituary already
twelve years old

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

shreds of fog
push through the pines
lambing time

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

the fire now
all but ashes
oh! the weary years

maxianne berger
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

outside the mall;
two little girls looking
at each other

og_a
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

springtime
this time more spring
& less cleaning

Elsa Colligan
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

processional —
father-of-the-bride
squeezes her hand

Carolyn Coit Dancy
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

global warming
water from before time
was important

Laurene
(0,0,2) = 2 pts

she's late
the churchbells play
que sera sera

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

"only time will tell" how many time in life have we spoken these words which resonates so well in this haiku.


Eighteenth Place — 1 Point
haiku
only a moment
etched in memory

Mary E. Gray

spring
quick
morning love

Sand Rector

deja vu
I pick up a goose egg
from my front lawn

anonymous

the sunset melting —
into the tide of time
----------- moonrise

Ben Gieske

wisps above the candles —
the darker colors
of dusk

jennie townsend

unable to read music
or keep time,
the meadowlark still sings

Canticle

three hour service —
a heavy downpour meets
our final hymn

Isabelle Prondzynski

Hours spent together
hurtling past like minutes
intoxicating

J Abruzi

she watches him leave
gloom after sweetness
of stolen time

Frances McCarthy

Three seconds
behind car ahead.
Peace of mind.

Trevor Camp

living by the tide
and the rise and set of sun —
beachside camping

Elaine Riddell

on the abattoir roof spring rain

anonymous

poplar's shadow
daily measuring the time —
the cocks, in the night

Radu Ignatescu

skype line stays
open-ended
with sister's passing away

Stella

poking
his yesterday's fly
a little finger

Dejan Pavlinovic

We really are children standing before the vastness of universe and unanswered questions, this haiku is our metaphor.

time out —
adirondack chair
in the garden

anonymous

a moment
you need to read
this haiku moment

Rafal Zabratynski


No points this time, sorry.
in each swatch
terrestrial presence —
nude waves

R.K. Singh

pruned and constrained
the bougainvillea bush blooms
just before Easter

gillena cox

at long last love —
in the autumn of my years
spring blossoms

if

how slowly flows,
how swiftly flies...
tic-tac, tic-tac

Ghost Cat

qualifying time
lapse around the universe
spatial pantomime

Keith Moser

procrastination
serves a tardy master...
sorry this is late

Tom Conally

Stealing Heaven’s light
Nature’s gentle touch in sync
Sentient timepiece

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

the twilight zone —
my old man spends his time
listening to crickets

Kaiser

hot April week
cherry buds break at dawn
show color by dusk

gourdman

midnight — an instance
between past and future...
timelessness above

natalia kuznetsova

three months since you're gone —
vainly, the spring's lush blossoms
calling you back...

anonymous

mid-term exams
the semester drags on

anonymous

waste of time —
all those wintry snows
now melted away

Juhani Tikkanen

arrow of time
lived only forward
a paradox?

anonymous

old beauty queen
struggling with her make-up:
time the nemesis

Keith A. Simmonds

the clock
loosing its moment to a breeze —
dandelion

anonymous

gently she blows
dandelion seeds —
one o'clock, two ...

James Dobson

hummingbird hurry
the belled nectar
is timed

Donna Bauerly

Triduum pilgrimage.
Maybe it's the last time
for us together.

Horst Ludwig

forsythia blossoms
fading with spring —
time for pruning

Merrill Ann Gonzales

our flag comes
slowly down
day is done

Rose Marie Stutts

sixty-five this year —
thoughts of retirement
still over the hill

John Soules

idle summer time
steamy cast-mosaic floor
in Turkish bath

oana posnaies

spring dawn
the sun now lights
my way

Michael Baribeau

sakura in bloom
just the right time
to fall in love

Kalina

another cycle
blossom, leaf, abscission, bare
one year of a tree

Deirdre Godwin

spring forward —
the daylight much more
persistent

C.P. Harrison

April holidays —
six boys lift their only dog
over the fence

Caleb David Mutua

minute of silence...
my little parrot
sleeps on a perch

Jacek M

as long as it takes
the frog
hole-in-one

rurik

a spider
spinning time, fat flies
buzzing

Beth Powell

withdrawing
some time I've saved...
"AM or PM, Sir?"

soji

On the photo
a rugged face smiles…
Is my mother?

Miorita

a child trying to catch
the hands of the clock moving
days gone by

Ellen Romano

only seconds
for a tiny spider —
annoyed tabby cat

Kurt R. W.

quick as it hits
in the endless war
snow melts

LeRoy Gorman

chimes the hour
of evensong
she hurries by

Ruth Powell

the mosquito buzzes
till the first cicada’s song -
o my sleeplessness!

Tomislav

General Comments: Wonderful what great haiku this monthly contest can produce! This was a real delight to read.

This one was so difficult, with 12 poems on my short list.

Such a delightful topic...so many ways to measure time!

This was probably the hardest vote I remember casting. I read and re-read many exceptional haiku --probably about 20--that deserved points, and maybe 5-7 that deserved more votes than I could give them. Bravo! to the fine work here that encapsulated the essence of time in true, authentic haiku fashion.

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