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June 2013 Kukai

Congratulations to ***Paul Hodder ***, winner of our Kigo section and to ***Carolyn Coit Dancy***, winner of our Free Format section!

**VOTER'S comments are in italics below the respective poems. (If any poet is offended by a comment on their haiku, I will remove it on request)
Kigo Theme: 
BAREFOOT

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First Place -  45 Points
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Buddha's birthday
more shoes than spaces
on the temple steps
 
Paul Hodder
(5,6,18) = 45 pts
**This one made me smile.
**Beautiful kigo (Buddha's birthday), and the scene is so vivid! The bare feet are numerous but not visible. My favourite this month.

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Second Place -  34 Points
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miscarriage
our foot prints
erased by waves
 
Allison Millcock
(4,8,6) = 34 pts
**Both poignant and lovely. An exception to my rule of not giving 3 points!
 
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Third Place -  21 Points
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Milky Way
my baby sucks
his toes
 
Dorota Pyra
(1,3,12) = 21 pts
**Love how this reaches in multiple directions and is also simultaneously so self-contained
 
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20 Points 
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warm stream
my son goes barefoot
on the moon
 
---Highlander
(2,1,12) = 20 pts
**This one is almost surreal. I can’t explain why it connects so well, but it does.
 
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15 Points 
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beach
the nothingness
of footprints
 
gogatsu
(2,1,7) = 15 pts
 
 
cuckoos calling
grandma dances barefoot 
with a ghost
 
Karin Anderson
(1,4,4) = 15 pts
** Excellent! Life-affirming images and jux. Another exception to the rule of 3. My apologies to others with entries deserving 1 or 2 points.
 
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14 Points 
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soapsuds
between each toe... 
Saturday night
 
--Kirsty Karkow
(1,3,5) = 14 pts
 
 
the cake served...
mother-of-the-bride slips
off her shoes
 
Diane Mayr
(1,2,7) = 14 pts
**simple yet vivid word picture !
 
frost-framed window—
how small her footprints
in the baby book
 
–if–
(0,2,10) = 14 pts
 
 
lawn sprinkler
the child in me 
runs barefoot
 
Roberta Beary
(0,1,12) = 14 pts
 
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13 Points 
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wiggling our toes
in river mud . . .
crickets and stars
 
Ellen Compton
(1,2,6) = 13 pts
**Ah, bliss!
 
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12 Points 
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open road
giving the gas pedal
more toe
 
Michael McClintock
(0,2,8) = 12 pts
**My toes loved this one!
**I wish I had had more points! #29 is pitch perfect. LOVE.
 
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11 Points 
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the breeze
between my toes
wild roses 
 
Ann K. Schwader
(0,1,9) = 11 pts
 
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10 Points 
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his smile becomes laughter
when this little piggy
has none
 
Edward
(1,1,5) = 10 pts
 
 
Cheshire moon
the sound of clipping toe nails
 
martin gottlieb cohen
(0,4,2) = 10 pts
 
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9 Points 
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spring noon;
we both have wet feet-
the robin and I !
 
manoj saranathan
(0,3,3) = 9 pts
 
 
season's end
the puddle shrinks
around my bare feet
 
--Peter Newton
(0,3,3) = 9 pts
 
 
rinsing sand
from my feet
summer's end
 
Bill Kenney
(0,2,5) = 9 pts
**Economical in its invocation of wistfulness
 
hot sand
reaching the water
just in time
 
Adelaide B. Shaw
(0,2,5) = 9 pts
 
 
wet sands -
these footsteps show
no rags or riches
 
Vinay Leo R.
(0,1,7) = 9 pts
 
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8 Points 
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receding sea
a barefoot girl on the beach
wistfully still
 
natalia kuznetsova
(1,1,3) = 8 pts
 
 
barefoot –
the green grass
of childhood
 
Virginia Popescu 
PHOENIX
(0,2,4) = 8 pts
 
 
wading
in the mountain brook-
flat stones
 
Tuvshinzaya Nergui
Tsetserleg city, Mongolia
(0,2,4) = 8 pts
 
 
matted grass 
where the cow slept
warms my bare feet
 
Zeyda
(0,1,6) = 8 pts
 
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7 Points 
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circus ring
a barefoot angel loses
her footing
 
Stella Pierides
(1,1,2) = 7 pts
 
 
last day of school...
the barefoot sky
promises so much
 
Angela Terry
(0,1,5) = 7 pts
 
 
came in
and will go out
-- shoeless
 
miriam chaikin
(0,1,5) = 7 pts
 
 
moonless night -
the stone floor near the river
still warm
 
Israel López Balan
(0,1,5) = 7 pts
 
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6 Points 
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barefoot
she cannot feel the rocks--
new love
 
Aalix Roake
(1,1,1) = 6 pts
 
 
the tightness of shoes
on the first day of school
barefoot summer
 
Barbara Snow
(0,2,2) = 6 pts
 
 
cycling to work --
the shiny bronze toes
of a statue
 
~ Isabelle Prondzynski
(0,1,4) = 6 pts
 
 
whiffle ball
both pitcher and batter
without any shoes
 
Michele L, Harvey
USA
(0,0,6) = 6 pts
 
 
barefoot
as if it matters
the naturist
 
LeRoy Gorman
(0,0,6) = 6 pts
 
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5 Points 
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Barefoot on lunch-hour
teleported to my youth -
ants enjoy my crumbs
 
Philip Mizener
(1,1,0) = 5 pts
 
 
little ballerinas
dancing barefoot
morning dew
 
maxianne
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
 
billowing clouds
we stomp the white grapes
for wine
 
John Daleiden
Phoenix, Arizona
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
**An efficient jux and fresh take, this one really appeals to me. I wonder if "white" is really necessary, though.
 
 
heat wave
a naked toddler runs
through the sprinkler
 
Carolyn Coit Dancy
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
wind rolled thistles
in the monastery door -
a barefoot monk
 
lavana kray
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
barefoot boys
scramble over the rocks
the tide turning
 
Beth Powell
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
barefoot 
through the old battlefield -
the ancestors' dream
 
Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
barefoot moon...
does he have
my password
 
Anonymous
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
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4 Points 
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my foot steps
in the morning dew --
sudden shiver
 
~ Primrose Jedidah
(1,0,1) = 4 pts
 
 
barefoot sounds
in the morning dew
prints of happiness
 
Oddbjørn Aardalen
(0,2,0) = 4 pts
 
 
pebbles walk
the faces of ouch
in the hotness
 
Ramesh Anand
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
wide-eyed
first visit to the mandir
ornate tiled floors
 
--gillena cox;
St James, Trinidad
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
barefoot
on hot tin roof
day moon
 
Reza- Semnan
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
a fox cries . . 
the curl of my toes
on moonlit grass
 
Sandi Pray
North Carolina, USA
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
playground --
a barefooted footballer
hits a stone
 
~ Regina Robby
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
rain is gone...
the barefoot children
collect the snails
 
Tomislav
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
you had me
the first time
I kissed your toes
baby's breath
 
Stevie Strang
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
barefoot
our teen takes a wave
in stride
 
Tom Painting
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
**Nice little snapshot from life's movie
 
footsoles
tinged with blue
hospice
 
Doris
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
**Quietly tender
 
shingle beach
the arches
of my feet
 
polona
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
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3 Points 
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forever barefoot walking midnight blue
 
S.M. Abeles
USA
(1,0,0) = 3 pts
 
 
barefoot…
up close a mockingbird’s
mocking
 
Alegria Imperial
Canada
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
counting stars
I tramp on tender wheat
barefoot
 
Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
hot asphalt...
the barefoot runner's
ashen face
 
S.E. Buffington
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
freshwater
the friendly fish
exfoliate my feet
 
Ernesto P. Santiago
Philippines
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
 
the feel of cool grass
between my toes
when did I get too old?
 
Brenda Roberts, 
Secretary 
Fort Worth Haiku Society
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
 
Hot beach pebbles -
the bathers'
hesitant steps.
 
Zhanna P. Rader.
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
 
tiny toes
peeking from a covered stroller
I smile
 
Bill Hudson
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
**playful haiku that rings a bell …
 
tiny first buds
of a morning glory . . .
the newborn toes
 
Ron C. Moss
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
 
barefoot--
in the desert
each pebble a boulder
 
Jone Rush MacCulloch
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
 
shards of glass --
he wraps his sole
with rags
 
~ Mango Junior
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
 
a blue crescent on each bare toe
 
- ru, canada
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
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2 Points 
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patterns in the sand
made by time and wind and wave
and my shoe-free feet
 
Deirdre Godwin
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
Bare feet in the grass
Me and my daughter
First summer rain
 
Steliana Cristina Voicu
Ploiesti, Romania
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
the sat nav whispers:
grass with morning dew ahead 
stop car, take off shoes
 
Jon Espen Vassbotn
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
shimmering sun --
a barefooted mother
fetching water
 
~ Velma Adhiambo
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
confused goslings -
her toes
white in the sand
 
mike warner
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
walk nature lover
barefoot amongst the flowers
in chaste purity
 
Keith A. Simmonds
T & T
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
barefoot peasant...
teaching me how to feel
larger than life
 
Rita Odeh
Nazareth, IL
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
Cyprus beach
and behold, barefoot
Aphrodite
 
Irena Szewczyk
Warsaw, Poland
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
light rainfall —
barefoot on wet grass
childhood calls
 
Gautam Nadkarni
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
Gobi desert...
it does not touch my toes
the thunderstorm
 
Nadalsuren Purevdorj
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
noon beach
skittery skips to the
shoreline
 
Allen McGill
Ajijic, Mexico
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
rows of clean feet --
Muslims kneeling on mats
for midday prayers
 
~ Patrick Wafula
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
shallow river --
barefooted fishermen
dragging nets
 
~ Esther
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
barefoot in the park -
a colony of snails stretching 
our shadows
 
Sebastian Lucacs
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
after rain -
running through puddles 
barefoot
 
Ailoaei Cristina
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
barefoot -- 
the warmth 
of the sun-kissed steps
 
-- Chitra Rajappa
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
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1 Points
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hot coals...
her sole
on my breast
 
- hyohakusha
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
a morning dew - 
trembling grasses
and I barefoot
 
Robert Kania
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
barefoot murmurs
sound on kitchen tiles
dawn-rising toddler
 
Frances O'Keeffe
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
barefoot hiking---
feeling the heat
degree by degree
 
kashinath karmakar,
Durgapur,India
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
Sea side visit
sand between the toes
barefoot walk.
 
Trevor Camp
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
a barefooted child
collecting scrap metals --
village dump
 
~ Irene Wangari
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
barefoot
through shallow water
urchin's crying
 
Gabriele
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
hens chasing termites
leave footprints behind --
afternoon rain
 
~ Lynn
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
shivering --
this  cold cemented floor
of my room
 
~ James Bundi
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
fresh cut grass
tickles our summer feet …
years ago
 
Ruth Powell
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
rush of sand
between my toes –
holding back my summer dream
 
Jayashree Maniyil
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
barefooted --
her traditional dances
on the cold floor
 
~ Ezekiel Mbira
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
my barefoot trail
on the dewy lawn--
home alone
 
DeVar
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
sunrise -
I walk alone through
the wet grass
 
Miorita
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
by summer’s end
we’ll walk the gravel driveway
barefoot
 
Shelley Krause
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
summer vacation
the boys bare feet curl
over bike pedals
 
kawazu
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
**Can absolutely see and feel this
 
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No Points This Time, Sorry. 
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summer's heat
kids without shoes walked
on the grass
 
Michaelb2005
 
 
my soaked sandals
my drenched dress
my naked feet
 
mechaieh
 
  
barefoot
through sharp summer grass
one more round
 
Horst
  
 
compulsive hoarding -
his footprints on the pavement
are fading away!
 
Daniela Bullas
  
 
walk through puddles
one mom two kids three pairs
safe in hands
 
Vishnu P Kapoor
Chennai India
 
  
highway gravel
I tried my soles in high school
summer
 
assu
 
  
littered beach
a trail of bloodied footprints
behind the jogger
 
Barbara A Taylor
 
  
Barefoot doctor
Clearly diagnoses
long drawn disease.
 
purush Guntur
 
  
swarming sweat bees
lounging in barefeet
after my jog
 
Bernard Gieske
 
  
a barefoot tiger 
escaping the red dragon up
to the wintry mountains
 
Juhani Tikkanen
 
  
toes in cold water
of mountain lake
forget a swim
 
Jim Applegate
Roswell, NM
 
  
barefoot everywhere -
from place to place the sand
cools down a bit
 
Cristina Oprea
 
  
fireflies at play
it’s my turn to walk
across white-hot coals
 
Harvey Jenkins
Nanaimo, BC Canada
 
  
barefoot Amish boy
toes his initials into
the gravel road
 
Jerome Cushman
 
  
winter denial
barefoot children in shorts
order ice creams
 
Elaine RIddell
 
  
spring grass
childhood memories glisten
barefoot in the past
 
RD McManes
  
 
barefoot
running through ashes
oh my soles, embers
 
donna bauerly
 
  
a barefoot child
makes her first
mudpie
 
Anonymous
 
  
trailing barefeet . . .
sunset
and warm sand
 
Kat Creighton
 
 
 boots removed
I step gingerly
barefoot onto snow
 
Jane DeJonghe
  
 
my feet winter-chilled
on wooden floor-boards --
village yoga
 
Anonymous
 
  
barefoot call girl - 
folding the map on the shore 
covered teacher spy
 
STOPS
  
 
one dog
racing one--we run
barefoot too
 
Chandra Bales
 
  
mead moon ...
sweet river runs
barefoot
 
dragonfly
  
 
naked steps
miss my friend the
stone in the shoe
 
Trygve Johnsen
 
  
hot afternoon --
a barefooted traveller
wipes his dusty feet
 
~ Eluyilah Barkhita
  
 
socks off...
fishes fleeing 
before my feet
 
Dejan Pavlinovic
Pula, Croatia
 
  
milling crowds --
a barefooted madwoman
on Moi Avenue
 
~ Naomi Andauza
 
  
dimpling rain % mud squelches between the toes
 
Anonymous
  
 
scorching sun --
a man pulls a hand cart
barefooted
 
~ Mercy Amunze
 
  
heartbeat
a race that scores
clover between our toes
 
Anonymous
 
  
football pitch --
students walk barefooted
to the field
 
~ Caroline Wanjiru
 
  
bare feet 
hot from asphalt streets 
the porch swing squeaks
 
Angie Werren
Amelia, Ohio
USA
 
 
 warm spring day
a bee under a barefoot
pain
 
Tom Conally
  
 
she jogs along the edge
damp sand
between her toes
 
James Dobson
  
 
barefoot on the beach
the shy woman bares
her sole tattoo
 
Bill Pauly
Dubuque, IA USA

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General Comments:

**I was surprised by how many people mentioned firewalking! Is it a popular activity, or just a deep-seated desire?
 
**Many good ones. Thanks again for this opportunity.
 
**There are many good entries to the kigo section this month. As I read through them I thought it might be useful to relative newcomers to list some of the reasons I could give some no points, even if I’d been allotted more than 6. If you chose to include these perhaps others (yourself also) may care to add theirs. My feeling is that few voters will take much time to understand a single poem so the meaning needs to be quickly clear: 
· Don’t understand the image or the juxtaposition
· Good image but needs a more picturesque word choice
· A ‘so what’ poem
· Often an exclamation point covers the poets instinctive knowledge of a ‘so what’ poem or line
· Could be said more simply
· Lines in wrong order
· laundry list
· Simply uninteresting
· Implausible
· Unknown word
· No resonance for me 
 
**As i had expected, many beautiful entries. Had a hard time voting...
 
**Thank you for providing this Kukai opportunity.
 
**So many good ones, hard to choose.
 
**So many beautiful and powerful verses. Tough one as always. Well done, everybody!
 
**Lots of bare feet to consider!
 
**Thank you for this wonderful kukai
 
**Thanks again for this wonderful invitation to participate.
 
**First time in ages that I have written a haiku specially for the Shiki Kukai! I enjoyed watching out for bare feet... :)
 
**Here's my kigo ("barefoot") entry for June. I just composed it in the shower, and I'm sending it right along, before the second thoughts begin.
 
**Alas, I had half a broken bottle stuck in the sole of my foot once, a lifetime ago when I was very very young. I remember how scared I was...five stitches!!!!
 
**General comment : I enjoyed looking for bare feet this month, and found them in the more unusual places (e.g. the statues in the park). I particularly appreciated reading haiku from places where bare feet are a matter of neediness rather than choice…
Free Format Theme: 
SHELL(S)
 
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First Place -  28 Points
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a perfect nautilus
the twists and turns
of my long life
 
Carolyn Coit Dancy
(0,8,12) = 28 pts
**a sense of fulfillment; things eventually turn out just the way they were supposed to
 
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Second Place -  25 Points
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back to school
the smoothness of a shell
in her pocket
 
Paul Hodder
(1,5,12) = 25 pts
** Like an echo of summer…and freedom.
 
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Third Place -  21 Points
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sea shell--
opening another
universe
 
gogatsu
(0,6,9) = 21 pts


seashells -
I wish I could hear 
her voice again
 
Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă
(0,6,9) = 21 pts
 
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20 Points 
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in and out of a snail shell ants
 
polona
(2,3,8) = 20 pts
**lovely image. the cycle of life.
 
low tide -
the stars crowded
among shells 
 
Ailoaei Cristina
(0,5,10) = 20 pts
 
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18 Points 
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shells without sounds -
those things we no longer
believe in
 
Angela Terry
(1,4,7) = 18 pts
**so much contained in these few words; from Santa Claus and Tooth Fairy to the flat Earth and all those personal beliefs and illusions that lose resonance at some point
 
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17 Points 
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sea shells...
the blind girl sees
a bobbing boat
 
Vinay Leo R.
(1,4,6) = 17 pts
 
 
low tide --
sorting shells
with the gulls
 
kawazu
(0,1,15) = 17 pts
 
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14 Points 
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somewhere
within this seashell-
a stillborn moon
 
Anonymous
(1,2,7) = 14 pts
**a sense of mystery and drama in this slightly surreal poem
 
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13 Points 
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closing time...
somewhere in the peanut shells
her keys
 
Edward
(1,1,8) = 13 pts
**i can relate to that. :)
 
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11 Points 
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lazy summer day
I shell the pecans
we bought last fall
 
Bre Roberts
(0,2,7) = 11 pts
 
 
flea market -
the sound of ocean
in a seashell
 
Israel López Balan
(0,0,11) = 11 pts
**Interesting jux suggests that our grasping trade is as insignificant as a flea compared to the ocean’s vastness filled with voracious sea creatures.
 
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10 Points 
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seashell nightlight—
the closed door
of mother's voice
 
Roberta Beary
(1,2,3) = 10 pts
**Appreciate the tension here
** Nice. I especially like the finality of the last two lines. It adds that
at a secondary level (after the concrete) ocean is a mother symbol.
 
marine life
two hermit crabs fight
over a shell
 
Stella Pierides
(1,1,5) = 10 pts
 
 
faraway train . . 
a turtle shell sways
in the shallows
 
Sandi Pray
North Carolina
USA
(1,1,5) = 10 pts
 
 
empty crab shell
guards the drawbridge -
sandcastle
 
Ruth Powell
(1,1,5) = 10 pts
 
 
island fog . . .
pocketing the shell
that sparkled
 
Michael McClintock
(0,4,2) = 10 pts
 
 
wampum belt...
moonlight fills
the museum hall
 
Michele L. Harvey
(0,3,4) = 10 pts
 
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9 Points 
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time to leave home...
a snail on the threshold
undecided
 
natalia kuznetsova 
(1,2,2) = 9 pts
 
 
morning prayers —
the spiraling sound
from a conch
 
Gautam Nadkarni
(1,0,6) = 9 pts
 
 
 
old shoe box
full of shells
and memories
 
Jim Applegate 
Roswell, NM
(0,1,7) = 9 pts
 
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8 Points 
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thunderclap:
the snail 
retreats into its shell
 
-- Chitra Rajappa
(1,1,3) = 8 pts
 
 
just an empty shell
I walk along the shoreline
picking up pieces
 
Deirdre Godwin
(0,3,2) = 8 pts
**Pick o’ the litter for Free Format this month. Love the clear writing and the interesting ambiguity!

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7 Points 
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rowing at Oxford--
a woman’s yellow shell
finishes first
 
Kirsty Karkow
(1,1,2) = 7 pts
**A beautiful encapsulation of the feeling of winning, and an unusual use of the prompt
 
newfound goddess
the little girl
plops a shell on her head
 
Peter Newton
(1,0,4) = 7 pts
 
 
bag of shells
the scent of love
still there
 
Adelaide B. Shaw
(0,3,1) = 7 pts
 
 
pearl oyster –
mystery of the sea
in an earring
 
Virginia Popescu 
PHOENIX
(0,1,5) = 7 pts
 
 
near dusk -
an old man cleaning
seashells
 
Sebastian Lucacs
(0,1,5) = 7 pts
 
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6 Points 
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fast food line
a snail searches
for the exit
 
Harvey Jenkins
Nanaimo, BC Canada
(1,1,1) = 6 pts
 
 
touching cicada's
translucent shell--only
the song
 
Donna Bauerly
(1,0,3) = 6 pts
 
 
sound of ocean
I pass the conch shell
from my ear to hers
 
Ramesh Anand
(0,2,2) = 6 pts
 
 
sound of the ocean
a child arranges some shells
into the word
 
Dorota Pyra
(0,2,2) = 6 pts
 
 
sunset -
 
sea shells crushed
into the sand.
 
dsnake1
(0,0,6) = 6 pts
 
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5 Points 
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shells whispers
undoing pearl buttons
in the right place
 
Karin Anderson
(1,1,0) = 5 pts
 
 
tide shrinks the shell-bank
wrybills* sensing the moment
lift off as one
 
Elaine Riddell
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
Note: The wrybill is a bird endemic to New Zealand, which is distinctive because of its long black bill which curves to the right.
 
shell game
same hustler wins again
on another corner
 
RD McManes
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
again and again
the blasting of shells 
so silent the night
 
Gabriele
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
after her divorce -
another crushed snail shell
on a rainy path
 
Cristina Oprea
(0,0,5) = 5 pts
 
 
winter storing...
my whole summer
in a sea shell
 
Dejan Pavlinovic
Pula, Croatia
(0,0,5) = 5 pts
 
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4 Points 
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a shimmering shell...
symphony of the sea
in summer sunset
 
Keith A. Simmonds
T & T
(1,0,1) = 4 pts
 
 
his shorts
washed up in the shallows
empty shell
 
Allison Millcock
(1,0,1) = 4 pts
 
 
a shell - 
haiku time
in my ear
 
Robert Kania
(1,0,1) = 4 pts
** I resonate with this described feeling of haiku time...
 
a Maasai bride wears
a dress adorned with cowries --
wedding day
 
~ Benta Achieng
(1,0,1) = 4 pts
 
 
a naked turtle
running down the road
shell shocked
 
Jon Espen Vassbotn
(0,2,0) = 4 pts
 
 
may day-
a procession of ants 
explore a snailshell !
 
manoj saranathan
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
being home . . . 
we gather fresh cockles
in the starlight
 
Ron C. Moss
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
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3 Points 
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luxuriously 
the snail's shell heading towards 
my humble garden
 
Juhani Tikkanen 
(1,0,0) = 3 pts
 
 
Window sill
large lemon pie shell
full children.
 
Trevor Camp
(1,0,0) = 3 pts
 
 
his gift - a seashell
from an ocean
distant as he is
 
Jane DeJonghe
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
necklace maker --
she adds another cowrie
to the beaded string
 
~Victoria Jennifer
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
**Like the meditative and deliberate feel of this one
 
sound of the ocean--
a grandchild's visit
for father's day
 
DeVar
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
pushed up
to the top of the tide...
empty seashell
 
Rita Odeh
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
**I love the feel of this one in my mouth
 
shell at your ear
will I ever know
your secret
 
Bill Kenney
USA
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
 
tide wreck
encrusted with barnacles
Grandpa's fish tale
 
maxianne
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
 
shells -
they pick up
all the pretty ones
 
carmel lively westerman
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
**that's life!
 
a conch shell
sounding down the beach
this summer night
 
Beth Powell
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
 
under the band shell
a new song for summer —
nesting swallows
 
Shelley Krause
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
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2 Points 
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A shell picked up north
half a century ago
shines on my work bench
 
Horst
Horst Ludwig 
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
you string and wear
the scallop we dug up
burial site
 
assu
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
Sand castle
The shell of a sea snail
My gift for the queen
 
Steliana Voicu
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
Shuttle launch
seashells in asphalt
under my feet
 
–if–
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
fossil bed
becoming a shell
of myself
 
Tom Painting
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
summer storm
lounging on the shore
scallop shells
 
Irena Szewczyk 
Warsaw, Poland
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
half a shell 
tight in my fist -
we complete each other
 
lavana kray
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
roadhouse
music coming and going
oyster shell berm
 
Doris Lynch
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
her treasures
in a plastic bucket
rocks, shells and sand
 
Bill Hudson
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
leisure time --
the men gambling
with dry shells
 
~ Ezekiel Mbira
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
the sun blazes
on the mountain slope...
snakeskin
 
Nadalsuen Purevdorj
Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
music
envelopes everyone
bandshell
 
Allen McGill
Ajijic, Mexico
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
gathering seashells
on the beach
 
not allowed
 
Stevie Strang
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
whispers of sea
enclosed in a shell -
sunset
 
Miorita
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
a shoebox of shells
on Daddy's desk...
his Jersey shore youth
 
S.E. Buffington
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
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One Point
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the sound of conch shells –
following the steps of the
fire-walking monks
 
Daniela Bullas
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
breakfast at Club Med
at last she comes out
of her shell
 
Barbara A Taylor
Mountain Top NSW
Australia
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
caught up
ocean waves
in a shell
 
Bernard Gieske
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
saved oyster shells
all I got
on the third date
 
Jerome Cushman
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
measuring her tea
with a small cockleshell
the frugal tourist
 
Barbara Snow
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
divine conch...
the song of the sea
at my feet
 
Kat Creighton
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
cowrie shells
on a Maasai belt --
cattle mooing
 
~ Brian Kelvin
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
I stare
at her jingling necklace --
brown shells
 
~ John Maina
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
we bury the turtle's shell
farewell
old friend
 
Chandra Bales
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
a conch shell
holding--
her grandmother's voice
 
Jone Rush MacCulloch
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
wet shells...
on the table
after the rain
 
Tomislav
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
her brief smile
the ocean haunted
with shells
 
Angie Werren
Amelia, Ohio
USA
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
snack time
pistachios in the shell
broken thumbnails
 
Tom Conally
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
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No Points This Time, Sorry. 
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cracked walnut
a flying fish wing
under foot
 
martin gottlieb cohen
 
 
gelatin
in a conch shell
the ocean hums
 
Ernesto P. Santiago
Philippines
 
  
day on the beach
pebble in my back turns
out to be a shell
 
Michaelb2005
 
  
"Marry me, Pat"
said with shells in the sand -
we erase our footprints.
 
Anonymous
 
  
low tide...
the unsatisfactory sound
of a plastic pail
 
Diane Mayr
 
  
half buried shell in sand
a caterpillar burrows
in pink depth
 
Vishnu P Kapoor
Chennai India
  
 
shell
reveals to inmate
a secret underlying
 
purush Guntur
 
  
shell shards—
my footfalls dig
into my roots
 
Alegria Imperial
  
 
half-buried around
the plot with her ashes
shells from South Beach
 
mechaieh
 
  
up the compost bin
the snail finds his home
 
- ru, canada
  
 
Esso, BP, Shell
the baby motor
droning her first words
 
Oddbjørn Aardalen
 
 
 cracked seashell
left by ebbing tides
my mind refills
 
Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu
 
  
ceaseless sea
ever in earshot
gift of a conch shell
 
Frances O'Keeffe
 
  
they say you are
the shell of a man -
I think of pearl
 
Anonymous
  
 
a young turtle
carries its shield on the back-
for the long way
 
Tuvshinzaya Nergui
Tsetserleg city, Mongolia
 
  
squealing for money -
barefoot call girl dancing 
on the sea shells 
 
STOPS
 
  
the head of a chick
peeping from a broken shell --
clucking hen
 
~ Patrick Wafula
  
 
garbage site --
a brown goat sticks its leg
in broken egg shells
 
~Melvin Ayako
 
  
no ddt
soft shells hard again...
eagles recover
 
dragonfly
 
  
old love letters by firelight
whiffs of incense from a shell
 
Anonymous
 
  
double sunrise
shell of inherited rage
cast to waves
 
Anonymous
  
 
cowry shells –
all the bumps that
hide from you
 
Jayashree Maniyil
 
  
each at dawn -
overflowing
bags of shells
 
mike warner
 
  
the ebb tide
pulls at the rocks--
most limpets hold on
 
James Dobson.
 
  
the turtle
even slow
to come out of its shell
 
LeRoy Gorman
 

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General Comments:

**I liked these haiku a shell of a lot!
 
**Really enjoyed some of them. Thanks again.
 
**Most, just descriptive--hard to shell out points! :)
 
**Love the shell one. I can feel walking on them and that peculiar bell like sound. Wanted to do a conch one but got shelltracked.
 
**My thanks for your time and the opportunity.
  
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