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August 2003 Kukai

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.

August 2003 Kukai Results
Kigo Theme: Sunflower
Free Format Theme: School Classroom

First Place - Fifteen Points

storm clouds
a sunflower faces
the cracked earth

Darrell Byrd
(047 = 15)


Second Place - Twelve Points

cloudy sky - 
every sunflower looking
in another direction

Tomislav Maretic
(125 = 12)

sunflowers ~
my grand daughter leaps from
shadow to shadow

deborah russell
(036 = 12)

sunflower seeds
scattered on the sidewalk
a homeless man

Deborah P Kolodji
(214 = 12)


Third Place - Eleven Points

easing off the gas
wild sunflowers
on both sides now

mark e
(043 = 11)


Fourth Place - Nine Points

my yellow straw hat...
every sunflower in the field
turned toward me

Zhanna P. Rader
(122 = 9)


Fifth Place - Eight Points

between green fields
one sunflower blooms
by the ditch

Norman Darlington
(113 = 8)

cloudy afternoon-
munching sunflower seeds
with coffee

angelee deodhar
(113 = 8)


Sixth Place - Seven Points

in summer twilight
the darkening eyes
of sunflowers

Mark Smith
(023 = 7)

cool breeze
a firefly sparks
in the sunflower

Earl Keener
(023 = 7)


Seventh Place - Six Points

big smile
in the girl's hand
a sunflower

w.f. owen
(006 = 6)

a sunflower face
peeks through the gate -
how can we quarrel?

Carol Raisfeld
(022 = 6)

high noon –
sunflower’s shadow seeps
into itself

Nancy Smith
(022 = 6)

in the face
of sunflowers 
no time

but the present 
Cindy Tebo

(200 = 6) garden party --
a scarecrow supports
the drooping sunflower

Lesley Dahl
(022 = 6)

siesta ~
the drooping sunflower 
nodding

Cliff Roberts
(111 = 6)


Eighth Place - Five Points

sunflowers
on a cloudy day
children's laughter

Allen McGill
(021 = 5)

sunflower seeds
the chipmunk jumps
to the bird feeder

Carmel C. Lively
(021 = 5)

a mouse 
trembles in the shadow
of the sunflower

Jim Mullins
(021 = 5)

gathering dusk --
the sunflower field
faces west

Andrew Callister
(013 = 5)


Ninth Place - Four Points

summer storm- 
the sunflower bows 
defeated

Robert John Mestre
(004 = 4)

the sunflower
at night,
a moonflower

r.wilson
(012 = 4)

a hint of autumn ~~
first sunflower to ignore
the morning sun

Edward
(004 = 4)

under the feeder
a squabble of sparrows
a sunflower

Ann K. Schwader
(020 = 4)

dog days--
a grasshopper chews
the sunflower leaf

DeVar
(004 = 4)

sunflower
a blue jay pecks at
the last seeds of sun

Angèle Lux
(020 = 4)


Tenth Place - Three Points

thunderhead
an ant shines
on a sunflower

martin
(011 = 3)

sunflower swaying
with the breeze --
a chickadee clings

Rosa Velt
(003 = 3)

traffic jam--
sticking out of the truckbed
the plastic sunflower

c. lee robinson
(003 = 3)

field of yellow
one sunflower faces
the other way

celia crook
(003 = 3)

cloudless day
the train glides 
through a field of sunflowers

Tore Sverredal
(003 = 3)

evening drizzle
the sunflowers
facing west

jane burton
(011 = 3)


First Place – Thirteen Points

old desktop
the principal looks for 
his initials

Jim Mullins
(037 = 13)


Second Place – Eleven Points

writing his name
with a lot of screeches
the new teacher

emile molhuysen
(124 = 11)

summer breeze ~
the clink of empty swings
circles the schoolyard

deborah russell
(043 = 11)

band practice night
the board approves a quote
for soundproofing

ushi
(124 = 11)


Third Place – Ten Points

first grader's scream
a pet snake
at show and tell

Carmel C. Lively
(026 = 10)

on the book cover
the same name
over and over

c. lee robinson
(034 = 10)

first school day
he hides his glasses
in the pocket

Tore Sverredal
(115 = 10)


Fourth Place – Nine Points

the school bus gone
from room to silent room
the dog follows me

angelee deodhar
(122 = 9)

one-room schoolhouse . . .
initials carved on the desk
from a child long-dead

Kathy Lippard Cobb
(122 = 9)

first day of class
sounds of nervous students
turning new pages.

zaida lysle
(122 = 9)


Fifth Place – Eight Points

the first day of school –
he passes his nursery playground
looking straight a head

Ruzica Mokos
(105 = 8)

august sunlight--
in an empty classroom
the teacher unpacks

Linda P
(024 = 8)


Sixth Place – Six Points

Night school.
A fat moth
trying to get in.

Horst Ludwig
(006 = 6)

with bear in her arms
waking up the teacher
for homeschool

pamela molhuysen
(022 = 6)

sharpening pencils
just to stand beside her
puppy love

oino sakai
(014 = 6)

summer ends--
a school of fish
under the bridge

DeVar
(030 = 6)

abandoned schoolhouse
a horned owl stares
through the broken window

Lesley Dahl
(030 = 6)


Seventh Place – Five Points

art class
the teacher draws the line
no smoking

gillena cox
(005 = 5)

first day of school,
separated twins
both look sad

Nancy Smith
(013 = 5)

kindergarten
the box of crayons
neat as a choir

Earl Keener
(013 = 5)


Eighth Place – Four Points

poker face teacher --
test results placed
facedown on desk

Rosa Velt
(004 = 4)

a familiar voice
from the back of the room
last year's friend

Carol Raisfeld
(012 = 4)

each fall
same red geranium
first grade window

Ann K. Schwader
(012 = 4)

dusty silence
fills the now empty
classroom

n. beck
(101 = 4)


Ninth Place – Three Points

morning class--
shadows of heat waves
rise on the wall

martin
(003 = 3)

a bed of moss
in a closed terrarium
the north star

allen
(100 = 3)

The leaf leaves
its home –
first school day.

Rositsa Yakimova
(003 = 3)

Eighth grade
computers, rules, hearts
break before lunch.

Cheryle Jenson
(011 = 3)

home coming
a combination lock
on the student’s pack

Darrell Byrd
(011 = 3)

chewed eraser
he stares at the blank page
during the exam

Deborah P Kolodji
(003 = 3)

Small troubles,
tears down chubby cheeks –
lost pencil.

Trevor Camp
(011 = 3)

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