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February 2014 Kukai

Here are the results for the February 2014 Kukai, wherein our Kigo subject was LONGING, and our Free Format subject was ANYTHING ROMANTIC
 
Congratulations to ***Lavana Kray***, winner of our Kigo section and to ***Gerry Bravi***, winner of our Free Format section!
Kigo Theme: 
LONGING
 
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First Place -   26 Points
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war news-
I wear
your shirts...
 
Lavana kray
Romania
(3,4,9) = 26 pts
 
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Second Place -   25 Points
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mail call -
a soldier waits
and waits
 
Carmel Lively Westerman
(0,11,3) = 25 pts
 
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Third Place -   23 Points
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mid-February
the last jar of peach jam
empty
 
Diane Mayr
(1,5,10) = 23 pts
 
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21  Points 
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winter rain—
the tulips 
stir
 
Sondra J. Byrnes
(2,5,5) = 21 pts
 
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 17 Points 
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that cry of cranes - 
still waiting for
the echo
 
Eduard TARA
(1,4,6) = 17 pts
 
incessant snowstorms
my neighbor's snowman dressed
in a bikini
 
Stevie Strang
(1,3,8) = 17 pts
 
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 15 Points 
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old diary
the dog-eared page I visit
on Valentine's
 
carlos gesmundo
(2,1,7) = 15 pts
 
the garden
still deep in snow---
seed catalogues
 
John Soules
(1,3,6) = 15 pts
 
faraway thoughts..
a pine cone crumbles in
my coat pocket
 
-manoj saranathan
(1,3,6) = 15 pts
 
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 14 Points 
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snow moon –
the pillow holds
his shape
 
Anna Mazurkiewicz
(1,2,7) = 14 pts
 
winter's end
the child asks
if we're there yet
 
Bill Kenney
(0,5,4) = 14 pts
 
all my hopes
of being free. . .
butterfly tattoo
 
Vinay Leo R.
(0,2,10) = 14 pts
 
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 13 Points 
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geese
heading north
...my homeland
 
JOHN McDONALD EDINBURGH SCOTLAND
(1,1,8) = 13 pts
 
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12  Points 
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late-life dreams . . .
the rustle of aspen leaves
just before they fall
 
Catherine J.S. Lee
(2,1,4) = 12 pts
 
spring cleaning
I come upon her 
missing earring
 
Tom
(0,3,6) = 12 pts
 
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 11 Points 
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tramper* departing
small tethered boats
tug at their ropes
 
Michele L. Harvey
 (1,2,4) = 11 pts

(*tramper: a tramp steamer)
 
scanning the sky
for those black clouds -
the cracked earth
 
Raamesh Gowri Raghavan
(Mumbai) 
 (0,2,7) = 11 pts

*(Explanation: In India, the monsoon is the season most looked forward to)

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10  Points 
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icicles
the sun in a drop
of hope
 
dust
(1,3,1) = 10 pts
 
following the hearse
as far
as I can go
 
Donna Bauerly
(1,1,5) = 10 pts
 
hanging from the eave
the last icicle waters
the first daffodil
 
Alan S. Bridges
(0,4,2) = 10 pts
 
a recurring dream...
cherry blossoms falling
upon my head
 
Keith A. Simmonds
T & T
(0,2,6) = 10 pts
 
today
I almost forgot her
pink sunset
 
Paul Hodder
(0,1,8) = 10 pts
 
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9  Points 
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snowmelt
listening for a chickadee
to answer back
 
Dawn Apanius
USA
(1,1,4) = 9 pts
 
snow squalls
wishing for a home
to go back to
 
Ignatius Fay
(1,0,6) = 9 pts
 
the empty playground
twirling in all this whiteness
a green swing
 
Anne Zooey Lind
(1,0,6) = 9 pts
 
last days of summer
her dress strap holds
the tattoo butterfly
 
Dorota Pyra
(0,2,5) = 9 pts
 
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 8 Points 
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fallen leaves
drifting down the river
those moments with you
 
Bernard Gieske
(0,1,6) = 8 pts
 
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7  Points 
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curacao sky –
my window opens up
to a brick wall
 
Paresh
(1,1,2) = 7 pts
 
summer dusk
a lone cicada's
cry
 
Jan O'Loughlin
(Australia)
(0,2,3) = 7 pts
 
the wood
knotted with birdsong ...
cabin fever
 
S.M. Abeles
(0,2,3) = 7 pts
 
silent cicadas -
the wishes that drifted
beyond the stars
 
Arvinder Kaur
Chandigarh,India
(0,2,3) = 7 pts
 
snowflakes
falling on more snow
my tears on your grave
 
RD McManes
(0,2,3) = 7 pts
 
sunrise...
the path of returned birds
appearing 
 
Tuvshinzaya Nergui
Tsetserleg city, Mongolia
(0,1,5) = 7 pts
 
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 6 Points 
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a little taste of spring
then more, and more
 
snow
 
Jon Espen Vassbotn
(1,1,1) = 6 pts
 
onset of spring --
how I long to tuck the first rose in
her curl again
 
Kumarendra Mallick
Hyderabad (Now in Houston), India
(0,2,2) = 6 pts
 
between
snowfalls
the robin's song
 
Jone Rush MacCulloch
(0,2,2) = 6 pts
 
winter sun...
Dad stays warm searching
for old flames
 
S.E. Buffington
(0,2,2) = 6 pts
 
first ultrasound
the muffled voices
from the waiting room
 
Bouwe Brouwer
(0,1,4) = 6 pts
 
farm widow—
cold moonlight brims
with lowing
 
Nancy Smith
(0,1,4) = 6 pts
 
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 5 Points 
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hungering to hold
her premature winter baby
her milk spills over
 
angelee deodhar
(1,1,0) = 5 pts
 
empty sky 
cradled in the scythe
winter moon
 
j blain
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
still wearing
my snow boots . . .
I embrace the ocean
 
- Deborah P Kolodji
Temple City, CA
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
Red boots squeaky sleighs
Chapped cheeks & runny noses
They grow up too fast
 
C. Johanson
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
winter solstice
pretend i'm an albatross
in a summer breeze
 
Svend A. Doggfall
(0,0,5) = 5 pts
 
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 4 Points 
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Winter's end -
her eyes glide over the snow
for crocus buds.
 
Zhanna P. Rader
(0,2,0) = 4 pts
 
look up in the sky 
a kite gives birth to a hawk –
childhood nostalgia
 
Daniela Bullas
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
letter from home
in wall and cupboard
ocean winds
 
Michael McClintock
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
tender greens-
how eager lie the seeds
long dormant
 
Yesha Shah
India.
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
empty Valentine
alone with the dying fire
I wait for your step
 
Deirdre Godwin
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
cool evening --
she raises her eyes
to the sinking sun
 
~ Lilian Kaggillos
(Kenya)
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
more snow
I dance the broom
to a bossa nova
 
Beth Powell
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
waiting for me to go...
the butterfly playing
dead
 
Neelam Dadhwal
India
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
the birch`s winterbuds
the green sound
of longing
 
Oddbjørn Aardalen
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
withered fields
how many days until
the rain crow's call
 
Ellen Compton
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
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 3 Points 
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Through icy wasteland
in every direction. -
Come, Emmanuel. 
 
Horst Ludwig 
(1,0,0) = 3 pts
 
here will be crocus
and there the daffodils
dead weeds like gray teeth
 
assu
(1,0,0) = 3 pts
 
first rain --
my landlord waters
three flowerpots
 
~ Catherine Njeri Maina
(Kenya)
(1,0,0) = 3 pts
 
longing for spring
i dream of warmer days
poor honeybees
 
Tom Conally
Gibsonville, NC
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
just for the sound of Mary Lee McClure sunlit snow
 
martin gottlieb cohen
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
icicles drip . . . drip . . .
drip . . . she imagines
pink water lilies
 
Jane DeJonghe
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
an owl calls . . 
i wait for another 
after midnight
 
Sandi Pray
USA
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
waiting for spring...
the first weak bird song
from a tree-top
 
Tomislav
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
mid-night snow
thoughts of
Pink Camellias
 
Tony N.
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
stormy day --
a glint of snowdrops
among the debris
 
~ Isabelle Prondzynski 
(Ireland)
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
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 2 Points 
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melting snowman -
longing for frost
 
Robert Kania
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
sleepless night --
I wonder when the
morning will come
 
~ Walter Machembe
(Kenya)
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
frozen night -
a stray dog
longing for shelter
 
Virginia Popescu 
PHOENIX
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
in these frozen days
we long after fresh honey -
still cubic sugar
 
Cristina Oprea
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
desert stillness- 
a serpent's slough 
cast at a burrow
 
Arie Regev
Magshimim, Israel
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
pigeon couple
with locked beaks...
oh, the longing!
 
Rita Odeh
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
beneath the snow
a small white crocus waits -
remembered sun
 
Gerry Bravi
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
barefoot childhood…
granny’s ironing
my sailor dress
 
Stella Pierides
Neusaess, DE / London, UK
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
bald cherry
where silver birches
used to sway
 
Ralf Bröker
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
little dog
waiting at the window
still no mommy
 
maxianne
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
yellow petals
of forsythia
shall spring ever come
 
todd
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
this longing
for the furnace hum
ice storm
 
Barbara Snow
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
her poetry...
the deepest of winter
here at the end
 
jennie
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
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1  Point
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dead of winter...
sunless dreams long
for spring
 
Shloka Shankar
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
thistle cup -
the first rain drop
that she fails to hold
 
Ajaya Mahala
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
pinks on snow peaks old x-country trails back home
 
Barbara A. Taylor
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
warmth lingers
the quilt though could never
cover both of us
 
Vishnu P Kapoor
Chennai, India
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
crickets
started to sing tonight
coolness of autumn
 
Anonymous
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
shadows of rain clouds
merely darken the earth -
the thirst
 
Anonymous
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
secreted seeds
wildflower daydreams
thirsting for rain
 
Mark A. Fisher
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
this dust!!!
I sigh at the sight
of a dark cloud
 
~ Iddi Rajab
(Kenya)
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
a cuckoo calls…
the memories of a spring
riding on the wind
 
Anitha Varma,
Kerala, India.
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
deep snow
he spends his evenings reading
seed catalogs
 
Edward
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
deep snow winter --
snowdrops and I
snowbound
 
jill
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
icy lake
longing for its depths
to enfold me
 
Ruth Powell
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
seeking the sunbird
the swollen buds
of tulips
 
Anonymous
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
stiff joints--
she longs for the warmth
of Spring
 
James Dobson.
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
lake frozen over
a man in a bosun's hat
shovels snow from a door
 
LeRoy Gorman
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
longing for spring...
the old master painting only
flowering cherry trees
 
Cezar F. Ciobîcă
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
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No Points This Time, Sorry. 
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longing for her
my eyes
stretched far and wide
 
Purush
nashville TN [usa]

 
Tangle together
flames of a double lamp
on the terrace
 
--R.K.Singh
Dhanbad, India)
 
 
we gather
as their story turns red ...
Anzac moon
 
Jayashree Maniyil
 
 
all is awaiting
the last glance of summer
before long winter stares
 
Judi Honiker
 
 
cheerless landscape...
flowering meadows in my dreams
all day long
 
natalia kuznetsova
 
 
Leaden winter day;
suddenly a sunny smile…
dream of long ago.
 
John Hubbard
 
 
bon festival
rantan illuminate
heaven 
 
C. Southards
 
 
wintry backyard
the crows chase away
the last chickadee
 
Harvey Jenkins
 
 
the white paper
the sun touches with his brush
green watercolor
 
Petya Gleridis
 
 
first scent of spring air
the longing for
early primroses
 
Frances O'Keeffe
 
 
same daydream
day after day
freedom
 
Bill Hudson
 
 
where, oh, where
is my magic wand. . . 
the Asian ‘flu’
 
--Kirsty Karkow
 
 
plumbing deeper 
the abyss of sea~
expectant mother
 
Ernesto P. Santiago
Philippines
 
 
deep beneath snow fiddlehead ferns
soon, soon greens sizzling in a pan
 
Doris
 
 
under body curves
he craves winter steam
vintage chevrolet
 
Anonymous
 
 
dew condensation ―
waiting for spring
early shift
 
Yukiko Yamada
 
 
Together
we walk the deer trail.
Where are you?
 
Trevor Camp
 
 
a farmer tilling land
gazes at clouds in the sky --
hot sun
 
~ Patrick Wafula
(Kenya)
 
 
longing for rain
when there should be rain-
winter climate change 
 
Leslie Montgomery
 
 
longing for summer
smell of brine, diving for whelks
Mediterranean
 
Tanja Cilia
 
 
deep longings . . .
the first blooms of yellow
on sacred ground
 
Ron C. Moss
 
 
Valentine's Day
and you are gone
longing to see you
 
Barbara Campitelli
 
 
extreme cold
wave after wave beyond the horizon
Mom and Dad
 
Irena Szewczyk
 
 
I dreaming
many blooming crocuses –
cloudless sky
 
Miorita
 
 
oppressive heat
yearning for autumn mist
and moderation
 
Elaine Riddell
 
 
summer rain-
floating our paper boats to
monsoon way
 
--- kashinath
karmakar,India
 
 
snow-covered road --
suddenly I remember
the dogwood
 
Angie Werren
Amelia, Ohio
USA
 
 
do the forsythia branches
look yellow?
longing
 
April Serock
 
 
fractured sunlight
in a droplet of my sweat
....rusts golds reds
 
Samar Ghose
Australia
 
 
wild wind--
a longing among reeds
for starlight
 
Alegria Imperial
 
 
the street vendor's tears
were more than enough,it seems:
early crocuses
 
Cristian Mocanu
 
 
shoveling for days
wishing for blacktop
and safe driving
 
Hazel A. Witherspoon
 
 
Arizonans pray 
P. Phil predicts
six more months of winter. 
 
- Jennifer di Stefano
 

And now…
 


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Free Format Theme: 
ANYTHING ROMANTIC
 
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First Place -   41 Points
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buttoning my shirt 
the roughness of clothes
after you
 
Gerry Bravi
(4,10,9) = 41 pts
 
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Second Place -   31 Points
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ripe grapes
the way you taste
of summer
 
S.M. Abeles
(3,6,10) = 31 pts
 
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Third Place -   22 Points
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moondew...
the way her hand
melts in mine
 
Paresh
(2,4,8) = 22 pts
 
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 19 Points 
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scattered leaves
the dream of growing old
Together

Vishnu P Kapoor
Chennai, India
(2,2,9) = 19 pts
 
first love-
i scold my dog for
chasing her cat 
 
---- kashinath
karmakar,India
(1,1,14) = 19 pts
 
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 15 Points 
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spring fever
the sound of my name
on his lips
 
Kala Ramesh
India
(2,2,5) = 15 pts
 
a flower
with a name I do not know
first kiss
 
Paul Hodder
(1,2,8) = 15 pts
 
first date 
close together
to study the menu
 
Bouwe Brouwer
The Netherlands
(1,1,10) = 15 pts
 
pressed rose...
the lasting essence
of you
 
Vinay Leo R.
(0,3,9) = 15 pts
 
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 14 Points 
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after your kiss
wrong turn
on a one-way street
 
Donna Bauerly
Dubuque, IA
(0,2,10) = 14 pts
 
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 13 Points 
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Milky Way - 
we plan our journey
from star to star
 
Eduard TARA
(0,2,9) = 13 pts
 
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 12 Points 
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open window –
lying down in my bed
the moonlight
 
Virginia Popescu 
PHOENIX
(0,3,6) = 12 pts
 
strains of sitar…
I catch my breath
every time he smiles
 
Anitha Varma,
Kerala, India. 
 
(0,4,3) = 11 pts

* The sitar is a plucked stringed instrument used mainly in Indian classical music
 
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 10 Points 
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hot days-
a golden ring
inside an ice cube
 
Lavana kray
Romania
(1,2,3) = 10 pts
 
humid night
the buzz of neon
from the love motel
 
Tom
(1,0,7) = 10 pts
 
I love you ---
well-worn, broken-in shoes
and no blisters
 
--Kirsty Karkow
(0,3,4) = 10 pts
 
he paints her toenails-
the baby bump very
big now
 
Leslie Montgomery
(0,3,4) = 10 pts
 
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 9 Points 
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today too...
every mirror I stare into
I see you
 
Rita Odeh
(2,0,3) = 9 pts
 
caught in the rain --
he asks me
to dance
 
jill
(1,2,2) = 9 pts
 
the old tree
deep in this autumn forest
wearing a new heart
 
Anne Zooey Lind
(1,2,2) = 9 pts
 
spring tides
he plays me the music
of his youth
 
Stella Pierides
Neusaess, DE / London, UK
(0,2,5) = 9 pts
 
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 8 Points 
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fanning the embers valentine's day
 
John Soules
(1,1,3) = 8 pts
 
hunger moon
let me count the beat 
of your pulse
 
Angie Werren
Amelia, Ohio 
USA
(1,1,3) = 8 pts
 
her smile
makes me turn --
evening walk
 
~ Max Kutai
(Kenya)
(0,2,4) = 8 pts
 
to your door
a single set of footprints
in newfallen snow
 
LeRoy Gorman
(0,1,6) = 8 pts
 
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 7 Points 
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snow angels in a breath another
 
martin gottlieb cohen
(2,0,1) = 7 pts
 
lingering kisses
she tells me we need
a new oven
 
Bill Kenney
(0,2,3) = 7 pts
 
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 6 Points 
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his shadow
appears
before he does
 
Jane DeJonghe
(0,3,0) = 6 pts
 
twilight scent--
his breath tastes
of rose dew
 
Alegria Imperial
(0,3,0) = 6 pts
 
daddy's arms --
a little girl screeches
with pleasure
 
~ Isabelle Prondzynski
(Kenya)
(0,2,2) = 6 pts
 
We part for the night -
her fragrance stays with me
driving home.
 
Zhanna P. Rader
(0,2,2) = 6 pts
 
two hands
arranging flowers...
candles glow.
 
Jill Campbell
(0,1,4) = 6 pts
 
waking sunrise ...
just for my ears
the sparrow's song
 
Jayashree Maniyil
(0,1,4) = 6 pts
 
our conversation
lost in a crowd of words
unspoken
 
j blain
(0,0,6) = 6 pts

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5  Points 
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cold night
our pallet by the fire
covered in moon
 
Sandi Pray
USA
(1,1,0) = 5 pts
 
empty parking lot
only her car left next
to a rose bush
 
Tomislav
(1,0,2) = 5 pts
 
autumn sunrise
a rosy mist lingers
over the rice paddy
 
Alan S. Bridges
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
at the cafe --
a man brings a chair
for his girlfriend
 
~ Walter Machembe
(Kenya)
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
lost love -
her gnarled hands feel
the faded rose
 
Arvinder Kaur
Chandigarh ,India
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
concert al fresco
a full moon rises
to a serenade
 
Elaine Riddell
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
sheet lightning
the things we confess
to each other
 
Catherine J.S. Lee
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
pushing away
the seed catalog--
he plants a kiss
 
jennie
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
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 4 Points 
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my husband's kiss
still moist on my lips
three hours later
 
Karen McClintock
(0,2,0) = 4 pts
 
I console 
every bit of me
you loved
 
Samar Ghose
Australia
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
saying goodbye -
he delays
letting go
 
Carmel Lively Westerman
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
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 3 Points 
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cats in love and us 
in the moonlight - raccoon dogs
under plum blossoms
 
Daniela Bullas
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
what postage -
a strand of your hair
and a lip print
 
Ajaya Mahala
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
his soft breath
on the back of my neck
awakens my rose
 
- Jennifer di Stefano
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
Niagara Falls
she snuggles closer
in the cool mist
 
Edward
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
an orchid
my colleagues smile
at my blush
 
Ruth Powell
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
under the moonlight
the cats, too, stop to listen:
vinyl collection
 
Cristian Mocanu
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
yellow roses...
a perfect cuppa'
brewed 50 years
 
S.E. Buffington
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
spring flowers
every day is valentine’s day
when in love
 
RD McManes
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
breakfast in bed
the sunny side
of fried eggs
 
Michele L. Harvey
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
veiled
the two swans
upstream
 
dust
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
ripening plums
deep purple...
our song
 
Barbara Snow
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
a dozen people
with a dozen roses
Valentine's Day train
 
- Deborah P Kolodji
Temple City, CA
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
under an ash tree
the wind mixes
their breaths
 
Anna Mazurkiewicz
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
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 2 Points 
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snowdrops
as on your wedding day -
time's eternal posy
 
JOHN McDONALD
EDINBURGH SCOTLAND
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
centenarians
falling in love again...
Valentine's Day
 
Keith A. Simmonds
T & T
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
through the years
eight horses of happiness
coming... 
 
Tuvshinzaya Nergui
Tsetserleg city, Mongolia
 (0,1,0) = 2 pts

* 8 horses symbolize luck and happiness. Each horse symbolize certain meaning like freedom, friendship etc.
 
ultrasound—
a vase of baby’s breath, red roses
and two pink buds
 
Anonymous
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
under the down quilt
your size 13 feet
find mine
 
Doris
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
valentine’s day—
where to hide
my heart?
 
Sondra J. Byrnes
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
lopsided heart card
still sticky with glitter glue...
homemade is better
 
Tanja Cilia
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
frosted window --
our anniversary bowl
filled with crystal hearts
 
maxianne
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
kindling from summer
we bundled together...
fireside without you
 
Anonymous
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
endlessly
these two flies salute
the spring night
 
Svend A. Doggfall
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
romantic dinner -
two happy flies 
ignoring us
 
Cristina Oprea
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
then and now
steeple bells chime
her lover's name
 
Judi Honiker
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
crossing a stream --
I saw the ripple of love in the depth
of her eyes
 
Kumarendra Mallick
Hyderabad (Now Houston), India
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
his Mom's recipe
her third attempt
declared a winner
 
Diane Mayr
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
romantic movie -
after the closing credits 
we continue to fight
 
Radka Mindova
Bulgaria
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
I read my long, romantic poem
she stares
at the box of chocolats
 
Jon Espen Vassbotn
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
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fast approaching
fifty years of marriage
i still love her
 
Tom Conally
Gibsonville, NC
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
early thaw
buying a girl flowers
no longer seems lame
 
Ignatius Fay
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
lovers' lookout
the one full moon
over Kansas
 
Michael McClintock
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
first impressions
an intimate table for two 
in the candlelight
 
Barbara A. Taylor
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
fed up with all chores...
"An Affair to Remember"
umpteenth time
 
natalia kuznetsova
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
family heirloom
I replace the gold locket
near her pillow
 
Harvey Jenkins
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
she and her belly
goodbye kiss and a hand-drawn
cartoon as proof
 
assu
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
the sea laps 
the jealous eye of the moon 
tangled bodies
 
Petya Gleridis
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
april shower
two people
one umbrella
 
Frances O'Keeffe
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
champagne sea
his knees deep in stars
venus lifts to our brim
 
Karin Anderson
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
is it normal
to fall for one's own
divorce lawyer?
 
Raamesh Gowri Raghavan,
M.S.(I.I.Sc.), B.Sc. (Mumbai)
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
open air...
to a neighbor's jasmine 
a smile
 
Ernesto P. Santiago
Philippines
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
sun touching
distant dark horizon
fleeting kiss
 
Mark A. Fisher
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
dead silence
blanket of snow
new footprints
 
Yukiko Yamada
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
very much in love
sixty-two years and counting
my parents hold hands
 
Deirdre Godwin
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
valentine's day
roses before
and after
 
Stevie Strang
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
she winks
on reading my article --
love poem
 
~ James Bundi
(Kenya)
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
beach wedding...
the sun too rises
with their love
 
--Shloka Shankar
Bangalore, India
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
their seventieth Valentines-
they share their heart
shaped pills
 
angelee deodhar
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
red flowers --
he forces her to say
happy Valentine
 
~ STEVEN MUNYAO
(Kenya)
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
Valentine's Day
he asks why the heart wants
chocolate
 
Beth Powell
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
ocean waves surge
her response
unheard
 
Jone Rush MacCulloch
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
nocturnal yearning 
turns into daytime blossom... 
soft caress
 
Arie Regev
Magshimim,Israel
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
valentine's day -
on the widow's windowsill
two mating tits
 
Cezar-Florin Ciobica
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
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a caterpillar--
seeing her go, choosing the stairs
than an escalator
 
Neelam Dadhwal
India
 
Inn at the Forest.
The blonde waitress is sure new,
Rapunzel, leggy
 
Horst
 
 
Hidden between the sheets
my smothered senses--
salted honey
 
--R.K.Singh
Dhanbad, India)
 
 
on the canvas board
the heart symbol
painted half me and other half--?
 
Purush
NashvilleTN
 
 
all night
cats in heat -
first bird
 
Israel Lopez Balan
 
 
warm dream –
her look repeats
from my past
 
Ramesh Anand
Bangalore, India.
 
 
tempest wind
her hair ruffles but
the mind is still
 
C. Southards
 
 
first taste of bliss-
on a cue the sun slips
into the sea
 
Yesha Shah
India.
 
 
pillow to pillow
time to be connubial
not yet, please fluff me
 
Bernard Gieske
 
 
oil on canvas
her rosy cheeks
in this sunset
 
Bill Hudson
 
 
a good night wish
and tender touch to her cheek—
a warm soft breast
 
Tony N.
 
 
a frog croaks
your kiss tastes
morning dew
 
Oddbjørn Aardalen
 
 
I hear you,
early Valentine's day
Morning kiss.
 
Trevor Camp
 
 
stories of love --
St. Valentine's article
in the Irish Times
 
~ Patrick Wafula
(Kenya)
 
 
black roses--
a water droplet glistens
on her smile
 
Ron C. Moss
 
 
Valentine's eve --
I recite a love poem
for my girlfriend
 
~ Johnathan Sibo
(Kenya)
 
 
mono film night
both of us switch off
whattsapp
 
Ralf Bröker
 
 
Taarab music --
two dancers locked
in a long embrace
 
~ Andrew Odinga
(Kenya)
 
 
a warm hug
from my boyfriend --
school parade
 
~ Diana Dola
(Kenya)
 
 
Valentine's Eve --
a white rose opens up
in a red rosebush
 
~ Catherine Njeri Maina
(Kenya)
 
 
married twenty years
and still the desire to
tumble on the floor
 
todd
 
 
from you
that special valentine
forever
 
Barbara Campitelli
 
 
Valentine --
she opens her present
with a smile
 
~ DORAH MALEMBA
(Kenya)
 
 
faint stars...
sucking on my toes
the young summer grass
 
Anonymous
 
 
he folds his love
a Kawasaki rose--
forever
 
James Dobson.
 
 
Physics lab – 
the professor talks
about snow
 
Miorita
 
 
February snow squall -
how long til
sunbathing weather?
 
deanna tiefenthal
 
 
valentine's day;
with each bee-kiss they bob-
geraniums.
 
-manoj saranathan
 
 
during the night
making cupcakes
for other's valentine
 
Hazel A. Witherspoon
 
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