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February 2012 Kukai

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February 2012 Kukai


Dear Friends,

Here are the results for the February 2012 Kukai, wherein our Kigo subject was LINGERING COLD, and our Free Format subject was NIGHT

LIGHTS

 

Congratulations to ***ELINOR PIHL HUGGETT***, winner of our Kigo section and to ***ALAN S. BRIDGES***, winner of our Free Format

section!

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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.

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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. (2,1,4 = 12) would indicate that the poem above received two 3-point

votes, one 2-point vote, and four 1-point votes.

 

VOTER'S comments are in italics below the respective poems.


Kigo Theme:

LINGERING COLD

 

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First Place - 33 Points

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lingering cold...

the sleeping cat breathes

into his tail

 

Elinor Pihl Huggett

(1,4,22) = 33 pts

**I like the absolute concentration on the physical moment; no ideas need apply.

 

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Second Place - 28 Points

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lingering cold

the long ride home

from the cemetery

 

Cara Holman

(0,8,12) = 28 pts

 

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Third Place - 26 Points

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lingering cold

my daughter's hand print

on the window

 

Bill Hudson

(1,6,11) = 26 pts

 

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25  Points

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cold lingers...

the crackle of moonlight

under our feet

 

Polona

(0,8,9) = 25 pts

**Well done! This haiku has taken a sensation (cold) and linked it

with the visual of moonlight inverted into sound! Quite complex in a

simple way.

**The senses nicely confused

 

 

lingering cold

the click of knitting needles

into the night

 

Terri L. French

(0,3,19) = 25 pts

 

 

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 21 Points

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lingering cold—

the prisoner counts

his breaths

 

Penny Harter

(0,7,7) = 21 pts

 

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 20 Points

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another cold dawn . . .

she whispers me

back to bed

 

BILL KENNEY

(1,1,15) = 20 pts

 

 

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 19 Points

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lingering cold

the feral cat's cry

thinned to a hiss

 

André Surridge

(1,3,10) = 19 pts

**3 points - And all my other points if I could.

 

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17  Points

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cold night—

the warmth of those

wrinkled hands

 

Rita Odeh

(1,5,4) = 17 pts

 

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 16 Points

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lingering cold...

my daughter skips stones

across the ice

 

rob scott

(1,0,13) = 16 pts

** Now this would be a trick.  Made me smile!

**A winning combination of acceptance of what is and impatience for

what is to come.

 

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15  Points

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lingering cold —

still warm in my hand

empty tea-cup

 

Vishnu P Kapoor

(1,4,4) = 15 pts

 

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 12 Points

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winter sunshine

all the Clydesdales

facing south

 

Carolyn Coit Dancy

(2,2,2) = 12 pts

**A lovely observation!

**Probably my favourite

**Saw them up close... Magnificent mighty beasties.

 

 

lingering cold --

in the temple courtyard

silence of prayer wheels

 

Sonam Chhoki

(0,4,4) = 12 pts

 

 

despite

the lingering cold

crocuses

 

Kat Creighton

(0,1,10) = 12 pts

 

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 11 Points

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snow piles up

on a jackdaw's head

lingering cold

 

Ella Wagemakers

(1,2,4) = 11 pts

 

 

frozen clods

of newly turned earth

lingering cold

 

Tom Painting

(0,4,3) = 11 pts

** This speaks of the hope for spring while the cold yet lingers --

the earth has been turned, new growth is near, but the

clods are still frozen. To me, a very vivid picture and fine haiku.

 

 

lingering cold—

behind the headstone

cigarette butts

 

Carole MacRury

(0,4,3) = 11 pts

 

 

stirring up

the embers ...

lingering cold

 

gogatsu

(0,3,5) = 11 pts

 

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 10 Points

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in the morning

still blaming myself

lingering cold

 

Gregory Longenecker

(0,2,6) = 10 pts

**Call the Haiku Police! Three "-ing" words in one haiku – but each

performs a different grammatical function.

 

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 7 Points

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lingering cold

i find another hole

in my toque

 

Alegria

(1,1,2) = 7 pts

 

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6  Points

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lingering cold...

the chasm between us

deepens

 

Liz Rule

(1,1,1) = 6 pts

 

 

she intended

to paint the thaw

with a frozen brush

 

Oddbjørn Aardalen

(1,0,3) = 6 pts

 

 

lingering cold--

a handful of stars

in the soup tureen

 

sanjukta

(0,2,2) = 6 pts

**How poignant. Although we have seen a few fine haiku with this same

idea in previous kukai, I will still give points here simply because I

love this kind of imagery. Also ‘soup tureen’ is remarkably evocative

of the homeless and adds another level to this already skilful haiku.

 

 

winter night

one side of the bed

much colder now

 

John Soules

(0,1,4) = 6 pts

 

 

stalling

under the ice —

spring bulbs

 

Hansha Tek

(0,1,4) = 6 pts

 

 

valentine snow . . .

the wind

crossing the river again

 

Francine Banwarth

(0,1,4) = 6 pts

 

 

lingering cold

fingerlings wait

in the shallows

 

Beth Powell

(0,1,4) = 6 pts

 

 

lingering cold –

how beautiful a story sounds

at the fireside!

 

Patricia Lidia

(0,0,6) = 6 pts

 

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 5 Points

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in the shade

of a sunlit sycamore,

snow and saplings

 

- freddy gier

(0,2,1) = 5 pts

 

 

see-you-later kiss

the lingering cold

of her mint

 

Robert Naczas

(0,2,1) = 5 pts

** I could taste it!

 

lingering cold

the widows first spring

without him

 

S.E. Buffington

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

 

February ice

the depth

of her resentment

 

Paul Hodder

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

 

frozen fog

a lone soul shivers

at the bus stop

 

Ruth Powell

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

 

late winter's morning—

the street book-ended

with sleeping dogs

 

~Devika

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

 

lingering cold

the wetland dawn spreads

on the road

 

martin gottlieb cohen

(0,0,5) = 5 pts

 

 

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 4 Points

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lingering  cold

even  sounds are

coated in icicles

 

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

(1,0,1) = 4 pts

 

 

lingering cold

the clock's pendulum sunders

sound from sound

 

Dorota Pyra

(1,0,1) = 4 pts

**The sound of the pendulum is so skillfully given another shape here.

 The silence is beautifully implied and described.

 

lingering cold

i turn my sweaters over

. . . start again

 

Beverley George

(1,0,1) = 4 pts

 

 

a lonely bottle of milk

in the doorway

half empty, half frozen

 

Petya Gleridis

(1,0,1) = 4 pts

 

 

the winter sun lingers

Pale, chill fingers

Cling to the frozen eaves

 

Christine Howard

(1,0,1) = 4 pts

 

 

lingering cold

the frogs chorus

from the distance

 

Ramesh Anand

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

 

deep and cold

the falling snow

our shared silence

 

if

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

 

icy day

sweeping a few cobwebs

from the barn

 

Bruce Ross

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

 

descending mist . . .

mountains walking on

by themselves

 

Ron C. Moss

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

 

brittle ice

in the bird bath

lingering cold

 

Ann K. Schwader

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

**So simple and so expressive of the lingering cold -- just lovely!

 

 

snowshoeing

over the frozen lake

a north wind through the pines

 

DeVar

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

 

starlight colliding

with a winter sea

lingering chill

 

Angela Terry

(0,0,4) = 4 pts

 

 

the answering machine

yet again:

... lingering cold

 

-- Chitra Rajappa

(0,0,4) = 4 pts

 

 

touched

by sunrise

lingering cold

 

Peter H. Pache

(0,0,4) = 4 pts

**The touch is light; the effect is beauty.

 

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 3 Points

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Sitting on the vent

Lingering cold, stinging toes

Mom brings me cocoa

 

Pat Lammers

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

 

groundhog day:

the moon came out

@3:15 for a look

 

miriam chaikin

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

 

lingering cold...

through a closed window

The Four Seasons

 

Stella Pierides

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

 

lingering cold–

his eye embraces

the child’s coffin

 

Lech Szeglowski

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

 

Lingering cold--

Winter boots and

Easter bonnets

 

Dica

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

 

After our quarrel

A lingering cold

In your eyes

 

Angelika Kolompar

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

 

still a rosebush

desiccated calyces

cupping snow

 

Maxianne

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

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2  Points

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big cold moon

wool scarf almost hides

warm small eyes

 

Anonymous

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

Birds chirp mating calls

Sun creeps out from behind clouds

But chill in my bones

 

Mary E. Gray

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

more rambling dreams

that I can’t recall ...

the cold snap hangs on

 

Marylouise Knight

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

bagpipes quiver

lingering cold graces

the funeral

 

c t doebler

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

vines on the garage

gray and thin as the morning --

my bones yearn for spring

 

mechaieh

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

she rolls over,

moonlight on her shoulder---

This lingering cold

 

D. Scott

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

lingering cold

a ruffed grouse seeks warmth

beneath the snow

 

gerry bravi (Canada)

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

lingering cold--

absent whispers

from her room

 

--Ram Krishna Singh

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

pigeons

already courting

on smoking chimneys

 

Jon Espen Vassbotn

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

lingering cold —

calling all night long

on hot line

 

Cezar F. Ciobîcã

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

lingering cold —

their wedding date

indefinitely postponed

 

Michele L. Harvey

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

 

lingering chill—

the guest room door closed

for another week

 

--Kirsty Karkow

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

 

lingering cold

eyeing his hawaii shirt

from another life

 

--Marleen Hulst

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

 

lingering cold

is there an end

to god's silence

 

Johannes S. H. Bjerg

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

 

5 degrees of frost--

he tries to sleep

in a doorway

 

James Dobson

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

 

daffodil buds

still tight in the chill

lingering dispute

 

Barbara Snow

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

 

Persistent cold —

I'm putting on the fire even

the memories

 

Petru-Ioan Garda

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

 

another night alone . . .

this lingering cold seeps

into my bones

 

Catherine J.S. Lee

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

 

icy kisses

winter in love

with spring

 

Vinay Leo Ravindranath

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

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 1 Point

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winter morning —

the blue color of the bathroom

before bath

 

Israel López Balan

 

 

winter leaves me

a cold floor in the closet

at the end of the hall

 

Michael McClintock

 

 

 

icicles

sparkling in the sun...

cold again

 

natalia kuznetsova

 ** The cheerfulness of this has won me completely.

 

 

winter sales:

asking for a thick duvet

-- she unfolds … chuckling

 

peter o. silvani

 

 

cold crunch under foot

rhododendron leaves curl up

and nostril hairs freeze

 

dragonfly

 

 

shivers at the bus stop

winter keeping hold

of spring

 

Frances O'Keeffe

 **An affectionate look at daily life and its struggles! Also shows a

tender understanding of the natural world.

 

 

lingering cold...

there's only reflection

in her window

 

--iokua

 

lingering cold

Bert and Ernie

keeping me company

 

Mike Montreuil

 

sleet —

our shoes

become skis

 

Anonymous

 

divorce court--

the cold of the rain

in your gaze

 

Anonymous

 

log fire

I nearly burn

my frozen feet

 

Tore Sverredal

 

 rain puddles frozen--

snow falling

on snowdrops

 

jill

 

chocolate chip

she pops one

with her cold medicine

 

--Peter Newton

 

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No Points This Time. Sorry.

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Echoes of the crunch

of snowflakes beneath my boots

haunt my frosted dreams.

 

Robert C. Howard

(0,0,0) = 0 pts

 

 Warm Planet's shadow —

lingering cold there

paradox over there

 

GHEORGHE POSTELNICU

STOPS

 

 lingering cold

white ants scarper

when he sneezes

 

Barbara A Taylor

 

lingering cold

she settles down for the night

near snowdrops

 

Harvey Jenkins

 

lingering cold:

the inexpressible

windowed

 

oana aurora boazu

 

 through the snow

into his arms

lingering cold

 

Ben Gieske

 

rolling winter wind

lullaby

for the squirrel's nest

 

Donna Bauerly

 

lingering cold —

preferring a foot rub

to sex

 

Bruce H. Feingold

 

 

Early spring

three crows walk the street

it's still cold.

 

Trevor Camp

 

 Stopped at 3“

The stainless steel

soil sampler

 

gourdman

 

 

 lingering cold —

his lashes and mustache white

with ice crystals

 

Anonymous

 

 

purple violets

bloom in the lingering cold

each one limned in frost

 

Deirdre Godwin

 

 

grinding adzuki beans

the stove starves

 

Ralf Bröker

 

 

 dark lingering cold

a rabbit shudders

in the snow

 

Tony Nasuta

 

 

snow drops blooming

at the memorial--

February wind

 

carol pearce-worthington

 

 

an old icicle

not going to melt —

lingering cold

 

Juhani Tikkanen

 

 

lingering cold ...

mounds of sparkling snow

imprison the town

 

Keith A. Simmonds

 

 

only some cars

still covered in snow --

lingering cold

 

~ Isabelle Prondzynski

 

 

distant sneeze;

on the bare cherry branches—

just raindrops !

 

manoj saranathan

 

 

spring divorce

the summer solstice

a frozen moment

 

Anonymous

 

 

ice fisherman...

drilling one more hole

in the lake

 

Diane Mayr

 

 

August heat wave--

grandpa's root cellar becomes

the grandkid's playhouse

 

Edward

 

 

winter half over--

the lingering cold

in her smile

 

Bill Pauly

 

 

walking up the stairs

waiting for

first hint of warmth

 

Hazel A. Witherspoon

 

 

morning coffee

over last night's argument

lingering cold

 

Stevie Strang

 

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General Comments:

 

**So many excellent haiku.  Whoever rises to the top is TOPS, that's

for sure. This time I wish for, at least, 6 more for votes!

 

**So many more…wish I had more votes J

 

**My problem with this month's kigo is that, for me, "lingering cold"

means "I've had the sniffles for a week, now." I'm pleased that, for

so many of our poets, this was no barrier to excellence.

 

**Pity that not everyone used "lingering cold" as a

kigo in accordance with the invitation, but that head colds and cold

moods were brought in as well...

 

 


Free Format Theme:

NIGHT LIGHTS

 

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First Place - 29 Points

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Northern Lights the bar empties

 

Alan S. Bridges

(2,5,13) = 29 pts

**It would take that spectacular light show to empty a bar - ha!

 

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Second Place - 28 Points

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shooting stars...

the fizz of champagne

on my tongue

 

Stella Pierides

(0,5,18) = 28 pts

**Just perfect! A shooting star is just as festive as a glass of

champagne. Lovely combination.

 

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Third Place - 21 Points

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tired of half truths--

the blurred edges of a

haloed moon

 

Terri L. French

(0,3,15) = 21 pts

 

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20 Points

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painted moon

the glow of lightning

in the ink-stone

 

Ron C. Moss

(1,4,9) = 20 pts

**I liked the image of 18 but felt it employed the wrong preposition.

 

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19 Points

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sheet lightning—

he asks

if I've been faithful

 

Francine Banwarth

(1,4,8) = 19 pts

**A powerful metaphor that derives much of its power from its force as

literal observation.

 

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18 Points

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forked lightning

I make up one more

bedtime story

 

Paul Hodder

(0,2,14) = 18 pts

**"make up" makes this one memorable

** Such a vivid picture of a child scared of the noisy storm outside.

 

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16 Points

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northern lights

yesterday's atheist

becomes agnostic

 

S.E. Buffington

(2,3,4) = 16 pts

**An "aha" moment here to be sure.

 

 

falling stars

letting go of memories...

almost

 

sanjukta

(2,2,6) = 16 pts

 

 

northern lights

staining the snow

the deer's blood

 

Liz Rule

(1,3,7) = 16 pts

 

 

sheet lightning

the things that never

come to pass

 

John Soules

(0,4,8) = 16 pts

 

 

winter stillness...

an airliner

among the stars

 

Carole MacRury

(0,4,8) = 16 pts

 

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14 Points

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auroral light -

a voice crackles

on the ham radio

 

Michele L. Harvey

(1,0,11) = 14 pts

 

 

bullfrogs at night --

a shooting star falls

across their sound

 

~ Isabelle Prondzynski

(0,3,8) = 14 pts

 

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13 Points

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 shooting star

over quiet water

a cigarette's arc

 

Barbara Snow

(1,2,6) = 13 pts

**A striking visual rhyme, but it's that quiet pivot that does it.

 

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 12 Points

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outdoor cinema

the gun fight punctuated

by lightning

 

Allison Millcock

(0,3,6) = 12 pts

 

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9 Points

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shooting star

my wish

always the same

 

Cara Holman

(0,1,7) = 9 pts

**The suddenness of sameness, well caught.

 

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8 Points

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night lights ...

there’s always a fool

on a hill

 

gogatsu

(2,0,2) = 8 pts

 

 

sudden blackout —

in the middle of the city

moon dog

 

Israel López Balan

(1,1,3) = 8 pts

 

 

meteor shower

children watch angels

getting their wings

 

Frances O'Keeffe

(1,1,3) = 8 pts

 

 

night thickens

around the screened porch

heat lightning

 

Tom Painting

(0,2,4) = 8 pts

 

 

a morepork

echoes its name ...

haloed moon

 

Hansha Teki

(0,2,4) = 8 pts

 

 

stormy night —

the world outside my window

flickering

 

Zhanna P. Rader

(0,0,8) = 8 pts

**That last line calls so much into question.

 

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7 Points

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Northern Lights!

my goose-down parka

and wide-angle lens

 

--Kirsty Karkow

(1,1,2) = 7 pts

**Won me both with its enthusiasm and the way the syllables "clicked"

just so (pun intended).

 

 

Northern lights

behind tall bare oaks

an owl hoots.

 

Trevor Camp

(1,1,2) = 7 pts

 

 

the aurora cavorting

across the night sky

frost garden

 

Angela Terry

(0,2,3) = 7 pts

 

 

conversation

continues on the porch

--heat lightning

 

Diane Mayr

(0,1,5) = 7 pts

 

 

swirling aurora

she runs her fingers

through my hair

 

John McManus

(0,0,7) = 7 pts

 

 

moon halo—

sinking deeper and deeper

into myself

 

Lech Szeglowski

(0,0,7) = 7 pts

 

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6 Points

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a lightning

splitting the night sky in two...

our last quarrel

 

natalia kuznetsova

(0,2,2) = 6 pts

 

 

lightening flash--

all the animal tracks

on the white snow field

 

jill

(0,2,2) = 6 pts

 

 

leaving las vegas

the city lights still dancing

in my rear view mirror

 

Stevie Strang

(0,2,2) = 6 pts

 

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5 Points

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red heart nebula

in cassiopeia...

the queen's valentine

 

dragonfly

(1,1,0) = 5 pts

 

 

meteor shower:

I try to wish away

the clouds overhead

 

-- Chitra Rajappa

(0,2,1) = 5 pts

 

 

aurora borealis

for a moment feeling

one with the sky

 

André Surridge

(0,2,1) = 5 pts

 

 

morning rainbow

the beggar puts some coins

in his cup

 

rob scott

(0,2,1) = 5 pts

 

 

a soul

crosses the bridge

shooting star

 

Peter H. Pache

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

 

Disappearing

With each lightning flash-

Fireflies !

 

-manoj saranathan

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

 

leaving the party

at 4:00 am

moon dog

 

Beth Powell

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

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4 Points

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Northern Lights...

Odin on a midnight stroll

swings his lantern

 

Elinor Pihl Huggett

(0,2,0) = 4 pts

 

 

a cold clear sky

the Cathedral’s twin spires

glow through the night

 

Marylouise Knight

(0,2,0) = 4 pts

 

 

her pillow

every morning

alpenglow

 

peter o.silvani

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

 

false sunrise

her reawakened

libido

 

Polona

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

 

moon dog

near Orion

cirrus hunting Sirius

 

Donna Bauerly

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

 

midnight lightning--

I catch a glimpse

of wide-open eyes

 

James Dobson

(0,0,4) = 4 pts

 

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3 Points

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over the ocean

a flash of lightning—

the unfinished mystery

 

Penny Harter

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

 

I wake

to noises in the night

shooting star

 

Elaine Riddell

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

 

break in the pines --

a curtain of northern lights

sweeps the sky

 

Catherine J.S. Lee

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

 

no one awake yet . . .

lightning runs down the back

of the dry mountain

 

Michael McClintock

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

 

night flight-

this side of the wing

a faint band of light

 

oana aurora boazu

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

 

aurora flashes!

now I have seen

a pink polar bear

 

- freddy gier

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

**A lovely idea; if only the present tense of the verb had been used,

i.e. "I see".

 

 

packing away

my old high school trophies

haloed moon

 

Gregory Longenecker

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

 

northern lights —

the Alaska sky full

of rippling green

 

carmel lively Westerman

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

 

power failure

aurora borealis

in a new light

 

Tore Sverredal

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

 

night skiing

the aurora dancing

above us

 

Ruth Powell

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

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2 Points

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 moon ring

my child shows

her size of bangle

 

Ramesh Anand

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

alpine glow

snow capped mountains

no longer white

 

Bill Hudson

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

polar dance time

as the sun strips luminous

skirts whirl through the night

 

Christine Howard

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

 

Northern Lights--

searching for her

chameleon

 

Bill Pauly

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

 

strange glowing ovals --

have the aliens come?   ahh . . .

lenticular clouds

 

Bridget Cougar

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

 

renaming the stars —

a Sunday afternoon

at the planetarium

 

--Marleen Hulst

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

 

Luna Park

between the stringer lights

halo moon

 

martin gottlieb cohen

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

**Pure picture, and magical all the same.

 

 

Iditarod trail

the old woman mountain dances

with the northern lights

 

Edward

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

 

gazillions, I confirm

and count my blessings

beneath the stars

 

Johannes S. H. Bjerg

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

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1 Point

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patches of skin

stuck to the door knob

halo moon

 

if

 

 

Perseids?

darkness around the stars deepens

my loneliness

 

Maxianne

 

 

bathroom visit

stepping between night’s

lightning flashes

 

Ben Gieske

 

 

glimpse of crocus

February lightning

first snow soon

 

Anonymous

 

 

Min Min lights . . .

Morgan le Fay taunts

a lonely driver

 

Anonymous

 

 

winter journey

parhelia

me too

 

Ralf Bröker

 

 

 City of Homs –

dimming the mortar fire

an arc of sun dog

 

Sonam Chhoki

 

 

through lace curtains

coaxing me out for a walk

twilight's afterglow

 

Kat Creighton

 

 

lover's lane--

the way a first shooting star

leaves your lips

 

Anonymous

 

 

city lights

the sparkles

from her stilettos

 

Mike Montreuil

 

 

the big red cat –

neon tube of cabaret

shine all night

 

KRZYSZTOF KOKOT PL

 

 

shooting star —

in a black & white picture

Marilyn still laughing

 

Cezar F. Ciobîcã

 

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No Points This Time, Sorry.

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half in a dream

so close I could touch it

one of the Taurids

 

Bruce Ross

 

 

a beautiful dream—

boreal aurora

at the North Pole

 

Alex Serban

 

 

Star showers flaring

across the blacken heavens —

hope will never die.

 

Robert C. Howard

 

 

dreamlike Nights' Lights —

atmospheric chemistry

doubles the rainbow

 

GHEORGHE POSTELNICU STOPS

 

 

 fast flying fire balls...

wow, again and again

this bone-chilling night

 

Barbara A Taylor

 

 

Icicle lanterns

Lit by winter’s moon rays

In Line Outside My Window

 

Pat Lammers

 

 

sky’s sweep of light

crack and hum of particles

cold above the snow

 

Harvey Jenkins

 

 

lightning —

night sky mends sans delay

the tear again

 

Vishnu P Kapoor

 

 

a little girl

picking colours from a broken rainbow

in the flowery mead

 

Oddbjørn Aardalen

 

 

lightning flashes—

HE is taking photos

of the universe

 

Rita Odeh

 

 

light ribbons

clouds and pillars flow

across the sky

 

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

 

 

moonlight --

a shooting star passes

across the sky

 

~ Caxton Okoth

 

 

as eyes adjust

to snow blindness

sundogs appear

 

gourdman

 

 

our tracks

through green waves

rolling over the snow

 

Jon Espen Vassbotn

 

 

Deep-frozen snow

glittering at night —

Northern light!

 

Juhani Tikkanen

 

 

pink glow through the blinds

gilds the curve of your belly --

belt of Venus

 

mechaieh

 

 

crepuscular-rays

sending gold across the land

dragon clouds gather

 

Deirdre Godwin

 

 

rare sighting

in western New York

a red aurora

 

Carolyn Coit Dancy

 

 

illuminating

the immense ocean

shooting stars

 

Keith A. Simmonds

 

 

dusk

drive a neon highway

to home

 

Anonymous

 

 

stars fall to leisurely trace the fallen milky way

 

Anonymous

 

 

Aurora’s tempting dance

her absinthe veil over

the wings of the god’s eagle

 

Petya Gleridis

 

 

the moon

illusion...

finally he arrives

 

carol pearce-worthington

 

 

Misty fog

The primulas

Drop their heads

 

Angelika Kolompar

 

 

 fingers feel

decaying fireflies

in night lights

 

--Ram Krishna Singh

 

 

midshift-

enjoying the knight sky

twinkle in the pond

 

Hazel A. Witherspoon

 

 

A kiss in the night

Shooting stars

Remind me

 

Dica

 

 

shooting stars —

baby cries to buy

fireworks

 

Petru-Ioan Garda

 

 

distant cell tower

where my eyes

always land

 

--Peter Newton

 

 

veilleuse —

with safety net, I conquer

fear of darkness

 

Vinay Leo Ravindranath

 

 

northern lights--

the new year's baby

after midnight

 

DeVar

 

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General Comments:

 

**I couldn't come up with one in this category. I don't get out much.

 

**Many good ones here.  Wish I had more points to give.

 


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