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July 2012 Kukai

The Shiki Monthly Kukai

July 2012 Results

 

Dear Friends,

First an announcement:

After many years of hard work and dedicated service to the Shiki Kukai, with several co-secretaries, Jennie Townsend will be leaving after the Poet's Choice Kukai in October.  Since Robert Bauer is currently unable to help, we will be left with one secretary.  If any of you would be interested in helping as a co-secretary, please let us know.  The biggest requirement would be experience with Microsoft Excel.

 

And now...

Here are the results for the July 2012 Kukai, wherein our Kigo subject was TALK, and our Free Format subject was BLUE

 

Congratulations to *** RITA ODEH ***, winner of our Kigo section and to ***MICHAEL McCLINTOCK***, 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:

TALK

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First Place -  29 Points

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war talk—

the two roosters eye

each other

 

Rita Odeh

(2,6,11) = 29 pts

 

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Second Place -  25 Points

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falling snow

even our voices

are softer

 

Kat Creighton

(0,4,17) = 25 pts

 

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Third Place -  20 Points

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haiku group

the discussion stops

for a robin

 

Adelaide B. Shaw

(0,2,16) = 20 pts

 

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19 Points

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separated     we talk     it over

 

Tom Painting

(1,5,6) = 19 pts

** The spacing is imaginative, not merely clever.

 

rising sea

we settle on

safe topics

 

Polona

(0,3,13) = 19 pts

 

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18 Points

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after confession...

a flock of seagulls

shouting at me

 

Lech Szeglowski

(1,4,7) = 18 pts

**I hope they're not saying "Blabbermouth!"

 

pebbly path

our words

keep stumbling

 

Angela Terry

(0,3,12) = 18 pts

 

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17 Points

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in the wind

the dying chatter

of leaves

 

Hansha Teki

(2,2,7) = 17 pts

** Undeniably atmospheric.


sunlight

through the window

her voice

 

martin gottlieb cohen

(1,5,4) = 17 pts

 

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16 Points

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waiting room

the tranquility fountain's

endless chatter

 

Roberta Beary

(0,3,10) = 16 pts

**The interest here is psychological, rather than poetic. But the interest is here.

 

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15 Points

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Grand Central Station --

they talk in silence

with rapid fingers

 

Brenda Roberts

(0,4,7) = 15 pts

 

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13 Points

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gust

chattering all at once

a million leaves

 

Alegria

(0,3,7) = 13 pts

 

two tin cans

and a length of string —

sharing summer secrets

 

Douglas Carlsen

(0,2,9) = 13 pts

 

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12 Points

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sprig of rosemary--

replaying his last

phone message

 

Barbara Snow

(1,1,7) = 12 pts

 

first night together

over morning coffee

their eyes do the talking

 

Bill Hudson

(0,4,4) = 12 pts

 

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11 Points

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new parrot...

the swear word

not her own

 

Michele L. Harvey

(0,4,3) = 11 pts

 

phoning dad

i untie a knot

in the cable

 

Jon Baldwin

(0,0,11) = 11 pts

**a nice feeling to it in the dual meaning of 'untying a knot'

 

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10 Points

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talking with dad

she twists the phone cord

around her finger

 

Paul Hodder

(1,1,5) = 10 pts

 

airport intercom

in the din of departures

she signs, I love you

 

Earl Randal Keener

(0,2,6) = 10 pts

 

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9 Points

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grandpa farts

the conversation turns

to the weather

 

Laurene

(0,3,3) = 9 pts

 

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8 Points

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talking a blue streak

runningtheredlight

 

Carolyn Coit Dancy

(0,2,4) = 8 pts

 

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7 Points

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low clouds

above the garden fence

small talk

 

Bouwe Brouwer

(0,2,3) = 7 pts

 

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6 Points

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autumn dusk...

the cheap talk we saved

for a rainy day

 

Ted van Zutphen

(1,0,3) = 6 pts

 

load-shedding

our talk lightens up with

the rising moon

 

Kala Ramesh

(0,2,2) = 6 pts

 

first talk . . .

my infant echoes

every sound of mine

 

Ramesh Anand

(0,2,2) = 6 pts

 

leaning on the fence

the old man with Alzheimer's

still knows horse talk

 

Penny Harter

(0,1,4) = 6 pts

 

raining just

on one side of the road —

we talk about injustice

 

Zhanna P. Rader

(0,0,6) = 6 pts

** " . . . on the just and the unjust . . ."

 

back and forth across the net

the ball  and

our banter

 

sanjuktaa

(0,0,6) = 6 pts

**having played a few games of volleyball / tennis in a past life i can definitely relate but feel omitting the "and" would lift it a notch

 

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5 Points

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Grandpa, talk to me;

weave me tales of yesteryears.

Tell me who I am.

 

Robert C. Howard

(1,1,0) = 5 pts

 

yackety clack clack

her dentures

keeping time

 

Donna Bauerly

(0,2,1) = 5 pts

** like the humor and the rhyme

 

summer night —

in the middle of rain

she says my name

 

Israel López Balan

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

oppressive night —

a breeze from the fans

stirring up chitchat

 

Tomislav

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

wedding vows

the warmth of the sun

on my back

 

John McManus

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

alfresco dinner

our laughter mingles

with the breeze

 

Cara Holman

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

**Lovely haiku, and so expressive in few words. My favourite this month

 

linguistics . . .

our baby is twittering

with a dolphin

 

Peter O. Silvani

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

the offer

we talk

long into the night

 

Beth Powell

(0,0,5) = 5 pts

 

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4 Points

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an old widow

talking to her dead poodle

all dressed in black

 

Keith Simmonds

(1,0,1) = 4 pts

 

hoot of owls

the people in asylum

stop talking in sleep

 

Cezar F. Ciobika

 

(1,0,1) = 4 pts

 

greenhouse

my mother's small talks

with her babies

 

Rob Logan

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

billowing clouds

through the afternoon

the chatter of children

 

BILL KENNEY

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

zazensoo

this time I think about

what to say

 

Ralf Bröker

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

low whispers . . .

the scent of jasmine

wandering in the dew

 

Ron C. Moss

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

drought

the old man talks about

snow

 

Angie Werren

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

toddler —

with perfect intonation

he utters nonsense

 

Elaine Riddell

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

**This made me laugh out loud -- beautiful observation!

 

summer heat--

the cicadas murmur

we are not immortal

 

Dica

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

summers end

thinking of all the talks

we could have had, dad

 

Stevie Strang

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

light summer night

she keeps on talking

in her sleep

 

Tore Sverredal

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

lunch break

workmen's voices

in a summer breeze

 

carol pearce-worthington

(0,0,4) = 4 pts

 

arriving home --

a trio of crows

argue on my lawn

 

Ruth Powell

(0,0,4) = 4 pts

 

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3 Points

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two painters

talk about Vermeer

themselves, a study

 

Anne Curran

(1,0,0) = 3 pts

 

walk with me

talk to me . . .

always my friend

 

eric

(1,0,0) = 3 pts

 

afternoon tea --

would you care for some milk?

she asks her teddy

 

Maxianne

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

two beacons

flash their messages . . .

the sultry sky

 

Kirsty Karkow

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

all morning long

feed me feed me feed me

raven chicks

 

Chandra Bales

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

Grandpa's violin

younger voices

from the attic

 

Bill Pauly

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

table of twelve

every conversation

about haiku

 

Kawazu

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

chess in the park

my opponent talks non-stop

mate in twelve moves

 

Rose Marie Stutts, EdD

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

avocado stall --

the vendors' argument draws

quite a crowd

 

~ Brian Mulando

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

caught in the crossfire. . .

what he says

what he means

 

Liz Rule

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

sultry heat

our conversation cut down

to necessities

 

Johannes S. H. Bjerg

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

our conversation

punctuated

by my nervous tic

 

Christopher Pickslay

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

clear days —

my parents talking

to each other again

 

Ailoaei Cristina

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

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2 Points

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stammering vows

while insects buzz and bite --

August wedding

 

mechaieh

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

stormy day today —

not enough memory

all my friends on chat

 

STOPS

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

Ouija board --

blowing out the candle,

saying goodnight

 

Michael McClintock

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

loves me...loves me not...

each gold petal falls

along the path

 

John Daleiden

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

chatting with neighbors

ominous cloud brings reprieve

 

D W Skrivseth

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

a broken string

suddenly cathy

lost her voice

 

Judi Honiker

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

**would have received points if the verb had been in the present tense--"loses her voice".

**Poor Chatty Cathy!

 

a thicket ...

talkative

mosquitoes

 

Juhani Tikkanen

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

migrating geese

filling the dusk--

grandma talks faster

 

~Devika

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

she still talks

he puts down the watering can

listening carefully

 

Jon Espen Vassbotn

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

a cold breakfast

for the two of us--

I talk but...

 

James Dobson

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

Sunday talk show

the presidential candidate

backpedals

 

Diane Mayr

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

Time to talk

to the inner child--

baby sitting

 

--R.K.Singh

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

the five year old girl

to her daddy:

why is the bluebell blue?

 

Oddbjørn Aardalen

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

fall equinox I'll ask her tonight

 

John Soules

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

Silent kisses

In the sunset breeze —

She talks from heaven

 

V.Leo.

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

muting the horn

a sudden stroke steals

Dad's gift of gab

 

Anonymous

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

TALKTALK—TALK—TALKTALK

TALKTALKTALKTALKTALKTALKTALK

hototogisu

 

Beate Conrad

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

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1 Point

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Tattle-tales, gossips

On a a street corner

Living someone's life

 

Tanja Cilia

 

 

the talk

she beats me to the punch

poplar buds

 

if

 

 walking

and quacking—

old pond

 

Maria Santomauro

  

stammering --

the tout stops shouting

for a while

 

~ Elijah Juma

 

 slow sunset —

he banters away

our one chance to talk

 

Elsa Colligan

 

 

the long drive

AM news station

talk talk talk

 

Ben Gieske

 

 

day dreamer

talks

to the clouds

 

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

 

 

fading embers...

we talk late into the night

of his dreams

 

Gregory Longenecker

 

 

phone call

the doctor's office --

'it's benign'

 

Peter Pache

 

 

window of the hospice

behind its glass

a small talk

 

Irena Szewczyk

 

 

through the fog

feral mama cat--

her eyes talk to me

 

jill

 

 

misty eyes —

she insists his sweet nothings

meant something

 

André Surridge

 

 

a movement of hands

during ballet in the park

the deaf couple talks

 

Harvey Jenkins

 

 

night of fog --

heads of state gather

in crisis talks

 

~ Isabelle Prondzynski

 

 

when his master talks

that old deaf hound dog

still cocks his head just so

 

Haiku Rue

 

 

on the radio

a man confidently talks

to no one he knows

 

Bill Gottlieb

 

 

they talk and talk

only thing that matter

weather

 

Ashi

 

 

my father

to his assembled children

am I dead?

 

--Peter Newton

 

 

hey, batta batta

while his son learns to pitch

dad learns to talk smack

 

eddybacher

 

 

Chinese whispers —

the first word on the line

already forgotten

 

Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu

 

 

rainbow

he whispers

I love you

 

Barbara Campitelli

 

 

frosty night —

lovers quarrel

in tango

 

Robert Kania

 

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No Points This Time, Sorry.

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starlings flock

the noise

grows louder

 

dragonfly

 

 

july blended words

from behind islets soar

when seagulls sleep

 

annebet danielsen

 

 

political talk

in the dusty stadium --

high tempo

 

~ Catherine Njeri Maina

 

 

talk

communication inconsequential

incapacitates appreciation

 

Katie Conway

 

 

as I look out

I hear someone talking

the lonely sunset

 

Bernhard Kopf

 

 

Mockingbird talks cheap

Sore feet hit the morning floor

alarming beep bleep

 

Keith Moser

 

 

speak volumes

raising and lowering

of her eyes

 

Vishnu P Kapoor

 

 

praise prayer

what other way is there

through this life?

 

~~Merrill Ann Gonzales

 

 

I'm happy

we both sit and talk

of the past.

 

Trevor Camp

 

 

lunch break --

she convokes her friends

for a talk

 

~ Dennis Peacock

 

 

electioneering—

day in, day out

it’s all just talk

 

Barbara A. Taylor

 

 

gathering near

glowing charcoal remains --

whispers in the cold

 

~ James Bundi

 

 

free talk time —

strangers sit across in train

 

-  Naranan Namby

 

 

full moon —

how many fools can say

two lovers!

 

Petru-Ioan Garda

 

 

we talk in hushed tones

loathe to break summer’s quiet

at the end of day

 

Deirdre Godwin

 

 

no need to talk

deeper into my thought

the long day

 

Bruce Ross

 

 

drowsy buzz of

fireside talk

fastening friendship

 

Frances O'Keeffe

 

 

cherry blossoms —

the love birds

share sweet nothings

 

Jayashree Maniyil

 

 

Soda shop —

your whispering in my ear,

sweltry night

 

Ramona Linke

 

 

Little girl and doll

talking about love —

the grandma’s smile

 

Miorita

 

 

whispers,

a word here and there...

lovers' talk

 

Tom Conally

 

 

burning bush

people still talking

about miracle based on desire

 

Ernesto P. Santiago

 

 

talk with friends —

they’re warbling

I’m obeying

 

CTA

 

 

Kettle whistle ...

"tea is ready" mom said

by sign language

 

Reza- Iran

 

 

whose first language is not words

his argument

rages

 

Kathy in the Wallowas

 

 

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General Comments:

 

**Not so many (my own included) poems with a real kigo in the kigo class. Maybe this needs to be stressed?

 

**It took so long to decide between those I'd shortlisted.

 

**here were so many different impressions and images left in my mind about talking etc..I wish I could have given all of the haiku poets points…

 

**Once again I narrowed it down to 12 haiku that I felt had equal merit and wanted 12 points!

 

**Some good haiku again, in this kukai. Thanks for the chance to read them

 

**I found some of the haiku I had not chosen here were in groups with some I have chosen and had to go back a weigh which was written in an engaging way... It's still hard to choose just 6.

 

**Thanks for a HOT KIGO!

 

 

Free Format Theme:

BLUE 

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First Place -  35 Points

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 all the blues

I ever knew --

mountain lake

 

Michael McClintock

(3,5,16) = 35 pts

 

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Second Place -  21 Points

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prairie sunrise...

wagon wheels

part the bluestem

 

Michele L. Harvey

(1,5,8) = 21 pts

 

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Third Place -  18 Points

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morning thoughts

a patch of blue

in the puddle

 

BILL KENNEY

(0,2,14) = 18 pts

**I like how 'blue' can mean two things in it

 

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16 Points

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mockingbird song...

the blues in the spruce

at twilight

 

S.E. Buffington

(1,1,11) = 16 pts

 

forget-me-nots

blooming at the headstone

...your blue eyes

 

natalia kuznetsova

(0,2,12) = 16 pts

 

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15 Points

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on the giraffe's blue tongue a taste of sky

 

André Surridge

(1,4,4) = 15 pts

 

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14 Points

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blue lake —

troubling the sky

with pebbles

 

Ailoaei Cristina

(0,5,4) = 14 pts

**Juxtaposition of the vast and the tiny, and the ironic pretension of "troubling," which, for me at least, carries biblical echoes.

 

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13 Points

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fresh crop of apples

the taste

of the blue sky

 

Angela Terry

(0,3,7) = 13 pts

 

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12 Points

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garage sale —

blue loveseat

gently used

 

Carmel Lively Westerman

(0,4,4) = 12 pts

**This says either very little or a lot, and that's haiku.

 

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11 Points

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cornflower blue

always the first crayon

out of the box

 

Kat Creighton

(0,4,3) = 11 pts

 

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10 Points

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flight to Bahamas —

the blue above,

the blue below

 

Zhanna P. Rader

(0,4,2) = 10 pts

 

painting my toenails

robin's egg blue --

hatching new plans

 

mechaieh

(0,1,8) = 10 pts

 

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9 Points

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blue chicory

last year's field notes

before we moved

 

~~Merrill Ann Gonzales

(1,1,4) = 9 pts

 

blue moon . . .

after a long time

sudden emptiness

 

Ramesh Anand

(0,1,7) = 9 pts

 

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8 Points

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barber shop --

the blue bulb shines

on his bald head

 

~ Moses Obimo

(0,2,4) = 8 pts

 

from the blue

heron's feet, ripples

to the horizon

 

Penny Harter

(0,1,6) = 8 pts

 

still you don't write . . .

the blue budgie sheds

his tail feather

 

Polona

(0,0,8) = 8 pts

 

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7 Points

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world-wide web

across the blue screen

a spider's night work

 

Percival

(0,2,3) = 7 pts

 

wild blue flax...

she can't take her eyes

off his

 

Gregory Longenecker

(0,2,3) = 7 pts

 

Blue —

The ocean lies

In my ink pot

 

V.Leo.R

(0,2,3) = 7 pts

**how spare yet how vivid and expansive

 

chicory in bloom

still seeing her eyes

everywhere

 

Cezar F. Ciobika

(0,2,3) = 7 pts

 

funeral day --

the Sligo sky could not

be bluer

 

~ Isabelle Prondzynski

(0,1,5) = 7 pts

 

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6 Points

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chemo patient

she plants pots of periwinkle

on her good days

 

Kawazu

(1,1,1) = 6 pts

**this one offers such hope despite the horror of the disease.

 

summer sky

white eloping

with blue

 

Bill Gottlieb

(1,1,1) = 6 pts

 

a tangle of blue

the boys' soccer team

celebrates their win

 

Harvey Jenkins

(0,1,4) = 6 pts

**The word "tangle" is so expressive here!

 

blue mom and dad

other colored pencils

need sharpening

 

Boris Nazansky

(0,1,4) = 6 pts

 

Crayola

his sister hides

the blue

 

Tom Painting

(0,0,6) = 6 pts

 

first class —

only blue and white

for a winter painting

 

Israel López Balan

(0,0,6) = 6 pts

 

beach to sky

a blend of blues

on her bikini

 

Barbara Snow

(0,0,6) = 6 pts

 

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5 Points

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a sparkle of dew

on the last blue iris

it is finished

 

Earl Keener

(1,1,0) = 5 pts

 

out in the blue . . .

a wisp of scattered ash

on the sea breeze

 

Ron C. Moss

(1,0,2) = 5 pts

 

chemtrails

dissolve into night...

blue moon

 

Ted van Zutphen

(1,0,2) = 5 pts

 

empty sky—

forget-me-nots turn

my shadow bluer

 

Lech Szeglowski

(1,0,2) = 5 pts

 

between palms

blue skies dance

with each breeze

 

Barbara A. Taylor

(0,2,1) = 5 pts

 

porcelain doll

Grandma's all knowing gaze

in China blue eyes

 

Adelaide B. Shaw

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

striking the match

inner blue

the heat of the affair

 

Ben Gieske

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

blue flame --

the welder points the rod

to the ground

 

~ moureen wangui

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

**nice use of 'blue' for 'flame', which hardly comes up and how down to earth the image becomes in a welder's hands

 

on a grey day

flashes of blue —

kingfishers

 

Elaine Riddell

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

hour of the wolf

a lonely dog barks

at the blue sky

 

Tore Sverredal

(0,1,3) = 5 pts

 

new snow

the blueness of the sky

 

martin gottlieb cohen

(0,0,5) = 5 pts

**"blue," rather than "blueness," would have earned another point,

but I like this no-frills haiku.

 

the blue hydrangea--

my mother's eyes

 

jill

(0,0,5) = 5 pts

 

smart car

turning left

blue fingernails

 

carol pearce-worthington

(0,0,5) = 5 pts

**Stereotyping, or a comment on stereotyping? Amusing, anyway.

 

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4 Points

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blue marker pen --

I draw a kitten

on my note book

 

~ Nancy Otinga

(1,0,1) = 4 pts

 

an indigo bunting

drops to the rose cane . . .

the baby's eyes

 

Ellen Compton

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

Ol' Blue Eyes

singing Stardust --

the night is still young

 

Maxianne

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

on the book cover

Krishna is the blue

of Mary

 

Jon Baldwin

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

blue grass —

little boy draws

his first drawings

 

Robert Kania

(0,1,2) = 4 pts

 

blue sea

taking a deep breath before

the first date

 

Irena Szewczyk

(0,0,4) = 4 pts

 

receding waves —

blue marbles among

broken sand castles

 

Jayashree Maniyil

(0,0,4) = 4 pts

 

Chagall's Blue Angel

... a gentle breath

of dharma

 

Ramona Linke

(0,0,4) = 4 pts

 

an azure sky...

the pop star announces

her baby's name

 

Diane Mayr

(0,0,4) = 4 pts

 

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3 Points

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Incognito moon

veiled behind the white gauze clouds

white on white on blue

 

Robert C. Howard

(1,0,0) = 3 pts

 

her eyes drowning

in the wild blue yonder

a child on tiptoes

 

Hansha Teki

(1,0,0) = 3 pts

 

lapse of reason

riding the lavender nights

burning giraffes

 

Beate Conrad

(1,0,0) = 3 pts

 

sky blue

the colour of

her tears

 

Revivandi

(1,0,0) = 3 pts

 

Cerulean sky

Clouds scudding across the span

In my heart, the rain

 

Tanja

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

daybreak light—

the goldfinch's body shines

against the blue sky

 

Rita Odeh

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

the blues singer

on a blue bench

bluer than the sea

 

Bernhard Kopf

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

seven shades of blue

tied during the full moon --

she prays for a boy

 

Brenda Roberts

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

blue above

below blue

in tune a lotus blue

 

Vishnu P Kapoor

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

blue bells —

bored with me, the puppy

plays with shadows

 

- Naranan Namby

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

Montana

horizon to horizon

nothing but blue skies

 

Carolyn Coit Dancy

(0,1,1) = 3 pts

 

her blue eyes

hide behind dark glasses--

the curve of her leg...

 

John Daleiden

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

ninety years old

she signs her name

in blue pen

 

Anne Curran

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

across

my purple tongue --

blueberries

 

Peter Pache

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

african grey parrot talking a blue streak

 

Alan S. Bridges

(0,0,3) = 3 pts

 

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2 Points

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earth loves moon...

together they create

starlight on the ocean blue

 

dragonfly

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

resting on her palm

the light blue egg

of a little blue heron

 

John McManus

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

a ship

and a hundred hues of blue—

between sea and sky !

 

-manoj saranathan

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

graduation party

I remember my first

Blue Curaçao

 

Ralf Bröker

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

blue sky —

her eyes like two

deep holes

 

Petru-Ioan Garda

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

pieces of the sky

a splendid show of colour

hydrangeas in bloom

 

Deirdre Godwin

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

note taking --

she flicks her blue dyed hair

off her face

 

~ Wright Dennis

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

all round blue

sad heart

soft summer sky

 

Frances O'Keeffe

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

in dyed blue waders

the park's crew

shovel up wishes

 

--Peter Newton

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

blue glance

a sudden scent

of bitter almonds

 

Jon Espen Vassbotn

(0,1,0) = 2 pts

 

a clematis blossom

melting into the blue dusk

on the pergola

 

Tomislav

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

sailing

on the sea and sky—

the blue Danube

 

Maria Santomauro

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

clear blue sky . . .

the darker blue

of a Steller’s jay

 

Liz Rule

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

coloring her blue sky

it overlaps into her

sea of yellow daises

 

Bill Hudson

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

sunset can't dim

the cobalt blue

of the fire-eater's eyes

 

Elsa Colligan

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

Mother always

wished for me

a bluebird

 

Bill Pauly

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

punished --

a boy scrubs blue graffiti

from the wall

 

~ Catherine Njeri Maina

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

school holidays

we wait for the sea

to turn blue

 

Paul Hodder

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

Two blue eyes

at the frosted window-panes —

the sun in clouds

 

Miorita

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

vegan luncheon

her "healthy" drink

an unnatural blue

 

Laurene

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

blue Pleiades

shining in a deer's eyes —

night hunt

 

cristina-monica moldoveanu

(0,0,2) = 2 pts

 

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1 Point

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long walk through fields of snow

leaving behind

deep blue footprints

 

elizabeth warren

 

 

blue dress

in a market stall --

morning walk

 

~ Isaac Ndirangu

 

 

QSA?-.-

hearing you 5

while blue

 

STOPS

 

 

the earth

with its sun, moon and stars

. . . the blue sky

 

Anonymous

 

 

cherry blooms glowing

in the bright morning sunshine ...

blue patches of sky

 

Keith A. Simmonds

 

 

novice nuns

their vacant eyes at vespers

blue

 

Alegria

 

 

at odds with the world

I search

for a blue flower

 

Beth Powell

 

 

out of the

her wisecrack

 

Donna Bauerly

 

 

Kangundo walk --

five donated blue bags

on their backs

 

~ Ceciliah Wambui

 

 

tonight's sky

bruised deep indigo and orange

with the scent of rain

 

Haiku Rue

 

 

blue drops

on unfinished last will —

emptied ink bottle

 

Juhani Tikkanen

 

 

arboretum corner

blue flowers in every shade

orange butterflies dance

 

Rose Marie Stutts, EdD

 

 

fog in the harbour

the morning coffee tastes grey

the blue ferry

 

helge t.

 

 

moon set and star light —

black is the color blue

at night

 

Douglas Carlsen

 

 

minibus lights --

everybody appears

with a blue face

 

~ Bonareri

 

 

silhouette

against the deep blue sky

spider's web

 

Tom Conally

 

 

knowing her time nears

she gives away her brooches

save "his" azure one

 

eddybacher

 

 

the ocean

bathed in moonlight

his deep blue eyes

 

Cara Holman

 

 

shimmering heat waves

between the blues

of ocean and sky

 

Ruth Powell

 

 

small white tail

of afar motor boat ...

clouds in blue

 

reza-iran

 

 

hot afternoon —

a wandering cloud stops

to admire the blue dome.

 

dsnake1

 

 

reflected

in her eyes

the water's blue

 

Barbara Campitelli

 

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No Points This Time, Sorry.

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blue clematis climbs

the pillar of a white veranda

the moon is howling

 

annebet Danielsen

 

concord grapes

right from the basket

blue tongues and fingers

 

if

 

 

neighborhood pool,

blue water,

shimmering invitingly

 

Hrushikesh Oka

 

 

sunset

red bird-cloud

rides plane-cloud

into the night

 

miriam chaikin

 

 

welcoming spring

blue bells in Burrows Lea:

spirit heals

 

--R.K.Singh

 

 

Deep blue sky

kids come and visit —

the kids leave.

 

Trevor Camp

 

 

ragged clouds tattered across

a moment of sky and mind . . .

make the blues go away

 

eric

 

 

chemistry practical --

a blue flame pops out

from a bunsen burner

 

~ Malesi Winfridah

 

 

my eyes gaze

to the blue, painted blue

flying high

 

Judi Honiker

 

 

as we arrive

at the outdoor wedding

a blaze of blue sky

 

--Kirsty Karkow

 

 

sultry day

wears unpopular blue skirt

to keep cool

 

D W Skrivseth

 

 

sunny blue

moods of a

Summer day

 

Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black

 

 

the house with the high-pitched voice

asking my little sister:

do I have another drink?

 

Oddbjørn Aardalen

 

 

grenade attack --

a blue siren strikes

on the blast scene

 

~ CAXTON OKOTH

 

 

'round midnight

Kind of Blue in a bed

too large

 

Johannes S. H. Bjerg

 

 

first dictation --

the blue ink spreads

on my paper

 

~ ROSE AKALICHE

 

 

so pale blue

the sky one-dimensional

summer heat

 

Bruce Ross

 

 

empty feeder the jays displeasure

 

John Soules

 

 

summer without rain

only blue sky

what a dream

 

Ashi

 

 

After the team's defeat

An old blue jacket

Held close for comfort

 

Mary E. Gray

 

 

blue eyes

the haunting thoughts

of a future without Wi-Fi

 

Ernesto P. Santiago

 

 

I can still see

the blue in your eyes as I turn

and walk away

 

Stevie Strang

 

 

whirling water drops

pops up by the azure rocks

— a hippo!

 

Peter O. Silvani

 

 

my blue eyes flash--

I catch a glimpse

of kingfisher

 

James Dobson

 

 

as if there's no tomorrow—

blue starlight

in Forget-me-nots

 

Anonymous

 

 

alone

summer saturday at work

blue tshirt, shorts, sandals

 

- Ruthanne Price

 

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General Comments:

**I wasn't crazy about any of the free format haiku this month, so I only have a couple of points to award.

 

**What a great set of submissions!! This is the first time I gave three poems equal votes.  I regret that I couldn't do the same for four more.

 

**After awhile the word blue itself became a hurdle to enjoying the haiku.... Although I did find some fine ones.

 

**Adding a general comment: a lot to choose from in both categories, a lot of good stuff. i haven't had such a hard time selecting the few to give my points to in quite a while.

 

**These rainy days make me very blue, and now it's tax time!!! I think I'll make this into a haiku.

 

**Thank you for making it possible to assemble so many fine haiku together in the one place.

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