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October 2014 Kukai

Congratulations to ***Kashinath Karmakar***, winner of our Kigo section and to ***Carole MacRury***, winner of our Free Format section! 
 
VOTERS' comments are indicated by "**"
POETS' comments are indicated by "^^"
Kigo Theme: 
MOONLESS NIGHT 

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First Place -  33 Points
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the silence
of the harvested field-
moonless night
 
--Kashinath Karmakar
India
(1,8,14) = 33 pts
 
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Second Place -   29 Points
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no moon
the shadow
inside me
 
Bill Kenney
(3,3,14) = 29 pts 
 
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Third Place -   27 Points
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moonless night-
the fisherman's net
catches the wind
 
Rita Odeh
Nazareth, Israel
(0,9,9) = 27 pts
 
 
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 26 Points 
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moonless . . .
the fall wind whispers
my mother tongue
 
Michael McClintock
(1,6,11) = 26 pts
 
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 21 Points 
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inkstone...
how to paint
the moonless night
 
Anonymous
(1,5,8) = 21 pts
**I can so sympathise with this dilemma!
** And here is a comment about one of the haiku which reminded me of a well-known haiku:
[It] made me turn to Carolyn Hall’s title poem from her book How to Paint the Finch’s Song:

rain-streaked windows
how to paint
the finch’s song
 
[Secretary’s Comment: Please note that the comment above does not imply anything unethical on the part of the poet]
 
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 19 Points 
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moonless night
headlights push the homeless
deep into shadow
 
Harvey Jenkins
(0,6,7) = 19 pts
**The imagery of this haiku is vivid and poignant - a sad aspect of the human condition succinctly summed up by headlights and shadows.
 
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 15 Points 
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the full circle
of the whisky glass
moonless night
 
helge t
(1,3,6) = 15 pts
**I think it would be a stronger haiku if “the" were omitted in line 1 to read:
"full circle" rather than “the full circle”.
 
moonless night –
fishing boats with lamps
spread the darkness
 
Tomislav
(1,2,8) = 15 pts
**A beautiful observation and haiku, and the verb "spread" is inspired.
 
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 13 Points 
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black coffee —
the moonless night fills
my half-empty glass
 
Vinay Leo R.
(1,3,4) = 13 pts
 
 
in hospice
my remaining nights
all moonless
 
Dan Brook
(0,4,5) = 13 pts
 
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11  Points 
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​moonless...
I don't even have my shadow
to share the night with
 
Lavana kray
Romania
(1,3,2) = 11 pts
 
 
new moon
a withered peach
still clings to the tree
 
F.J. Bergmann
(1,1,6) = 11 pts
 
 
a black night sky
tripping on a path
I once knew
 
Adelaide B. Shaw
(0,3,5) = 11 pts
 
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 10 Points 
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unseen moon…
his side of the bed 
still warm
 
Anitha Varma
Kerala, India.
(0,2,6) = 10 pts
  
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9  Points 
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moonless night
everything returns 
to stardust
 
Ron C. Moss
(0,2,5) = 9 pts
 
 
moonless night
the ghostly stare
of a barn owl
 
Tom Painting
(0,2,5) = 9 pts
 
 
not sad enough
for pills
moonless night
 
David Boyer
(0,1,7) = 9 pts
 
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 8 Points 
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moonless
the dry whispers
of leaves 
 
Ann K. Schwader
(1,1,3) = 8 pts
 
 
moonless night –
a watchman's lantern
flickers silence
 
Paresh Tiwari
(1,0,5) = 8 pts
 
 
moonless night- 
her thoughts
in sepia
 
Dan Iulian
(0,2,4) = 8 pts
 
 
moonless night—
the white chrysanthemum
in a roadside shrine
 
Ellen Compton
(0,1,6) = 8 pts
 
 
moonless night--
an owl haunts my part
of the sky
 
James Dobson,
Prudhoe, UK.
(0,1,6) = 8 pts
 
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 7 Points 
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moonless night
the laughter of hyenas
keeps the herd on edge
 
Edward
(1,1,2) = 7 pts
 
 
dark, dark night
I feel my way through
the milky way
 
Hansha
(1,1,2) = 7 pts
 
 
moonless night
the coyotes
follow the river
 
Michele L. Harvey
USA
(1,0,4) = 7 pts
 
 
moonless night –
how your face lights up
when she texts you
 
Susan Burch
Hagerstown, MD, USA
(0,1,5) = 7 pts
 
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 6 Points 
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moonless night -
lit
by grinning pumpkins
 
John McDonald
Edinburgh Scotland
(1,1,1) = 6 pts
 
 
moonless street—
suitcases in the snow
waiting for the cab
 
Ignatius Fay
(0,1,4) = 6 pts
 
 
her smile
her bald head
moonless night
 
dust
(0,0,6) = 6 pts
 
 
the loneliness
of our marriage
this moonless night
 
Carolyn Coit Dancy
(0,0,6) = 6 pts
 
 
moonless night
I stir my fishing knife
in phosphorescence
 
Garry Eaton
(0,0,6) = 6 pts
 
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 5 Points 
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moonless night of silent equipoise
 
Barbara A. Taylor
Australia
(1,0,2) = 5 pts
 
 
Rosh Hashana’s
new moon—the o in
G-d
 
Bill Gottlieb
(1,0,2) = 5 pts
 
 
neighbour's dog
quiet for a change--
moonless night
 
maxianne
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
 
blackest night—
a shaky compass
points the way home
 
Carl Seguiban
Canada
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
 
 
moonless night
the beached jelly's
weakening pulse
 
polona
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
coyotes still howl
from the edge of town
moonless night
 
DeVar
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
without you
the stars shine anyway
moonless night
 
Paul Hodder
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
moonless night - 
stirring darkness 
a baby bat
 
Ajaya Mahala, 
Pune, India
(0,0,5) = 5 pts
**I quite like this image. In my head I rewrote it as 3/5/3: 

moonless night - 
a baby bat stirs
the darkness

 
moonless night
moths flutter around
the entrance globe
 
Bill Hudson
(0,0,5) = 5 pts 
 
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 4 Points 
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moonless night --
watching the dark sky
from my balcony
 
~ Isabelle Prondzynski
(Belgium)
(1,0,1) = 4 pts
**Better maybe with [L3] = from the balcony
 
new moon borne by the dark born into starlight
 
Donna Bauerly
Dubuque, IA 
(1,0,1) = 4 pts
^^Note: a new moon is a" moonless sky" 
 
migrating geese
flying incognito
through the moonless night
 
Tom Conally
Gibsonville, NC
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
massage oil...
moonless and
only the shape of you
 
tim (aom)
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
moonless…
wrapped in
darkness
 
D W Skrivseth
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
the repeating honks
of south flying geese
unseen
 
--Diane Mayr
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
moonless night
twinkling stars
tell ancient stories
 
Jane DeJonghe
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
moonless night--
a tree frog’s song
amplified
 
Carole MacRury
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
 
new moon the stars and I alone again
 
John Soules
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
 
moonless
now only her photos
to gaze at
 
Carlos Gesmundo
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
 
no moon
only distant and close
sounds
 
Anne Zooey Lind
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
 
warm biscuits...
the morning after
a moonless night
 
S.E. Buffington
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
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 3 Points 
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a sharp tail-slap
from the black pond . . .
beaver's retreat
 
ewp
(1,0,0) = 3 pts
 
 
only starlight
an astronomical low tide
beaches my boat
 
--Kirsty Karkow
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
silent katydids -
so many stars in the sky
on this moonless night
 
Daniela Bullas
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
Moonless night -
somewhere the hint
of a new beginning
 
Anonymous
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
moonless night--
slat by slat sea dreams
flood his cell
 
Alegria Imperial
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
winds howling
instead of the wolves
this moonless night
 
Ruth Powell
(0,1,1) = 3 pts 
 
 
new moon night
canoeing Half Moon bay
we share dark secrets
 
Doris
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
Diwali —
the starbursts hide
the stars
 
Raamesh Gowri Raghavan,
Mumbai, India
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
^^Diwali always occurs on a new moon night

 
moonless night –
only the jasmine scent
stop the robber
 
 
Petru-Ioan Gârda
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
Walking home alone —
First snow flakes out of the dark
above the street light
 
Horst Ludwig
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
 
 
Moonless night -
a tiptoeing burglar
stumbles over the threshold
 
Virginia Popescu 
PHOENIX
(0,0,3) = 3 pts 
 
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 2 Points 
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lurking behind
grand dad's gold incisor
the empty sky
 
S.M. Abeles
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
in a moonless night -
starting again and again
the counting of sheep
 
Cristina Oprea
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
no moon landing
willow leaves that fall
to the river tonight
 
LeRoy Gorman
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
stumbling
into scarecrows
moonless supper
 
mechaieh
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
the same window table -
on this rain moon
will you come?
 
Steliana Cristina Voicu
(Romania)
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
a silent wolf
in my dream
moonless night
 
Oddbjørn Aardalen
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
moonless night
ISIS soldiers march
into our screens
 
Bruce H. Feingold
Berkeley, CA
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
missing moon
my son counting the
glow-in-the-dark stars
 
Billy Antonio
Laoac, Philippines
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
a porcelain plate
resting on the windowsill
moonless night
 
Alan S. Bridges
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
moonless night —
searching the cost
of cremains
 
Anonymous
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
moonless night...
the tree that used to be there
rustles under the feet
 
Dejan Pavlinović
Pula, Croatia
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
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1  Point
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The stars were on fire
that moonless October night
when love brought us home.
 
Robert C. Howard
Belleville Illinois
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
moonless night
her dumb profile
throughout my talk
 
Purush
nashvilleTN[USA]
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
moonless night --
the stars come closer
sweet gossip
 
Kumarendra Mallick
Hyderabad India
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
ancient darkness …
only the silky glow of white
chrysanthemums
 
(Ramona)
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
Swapping stories
at the fireside...
moonless night 
 
Vasile Moldovan
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
moonless night 
an eclipse hides 
behind the clouds
 
gourdman
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
moonless autumn night
the astronomer grew pale
 
assu
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
new moon-
not quite there
yet still there
 
Yesha Shah
India
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
moonless –
the night after
the Queen of night
 
Jayashree Maniyil
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
**Better maybe with [L3] = The Queen of the Night
 
the blue hour
deepens --
a moonless sky
 
Brenda Roberts
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
moonless night...
my gaze returns
to the distant streetlight
 
Laurene
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
moonless night
the shadow of bat wings
against the porch light
 
Stevie Strang
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
moonless night –
a leafless linden tree
in front of window
 
Miorita
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
distant howls
make the barn restless
no moon
 
Beth Powell
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
alone
and the moon hiding
behind dark clouds
 
Frances O'Keeffe
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
dark moon
those tiny feet
scurry 
 
Angie Werren
Amelia, Ohio
USA
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
moonless night
I read her
whispers by candlelight
 
Bill Pauly
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
moonless night...
gently the clouds offer one
at her passing 
 
Samar Ghose
Australia
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
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No Points This Time, Sorry. 
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glow of lights
from the earth's surface . . .
faint stars
 
Ramesh Anand
Bangalore, India
 
 
myriad stars
twinkling in the summer sky...
a moonless night
 
Keith A. SIMMONDS
Rodez, FRANCE
 
  
moonless night
darkest dark alone...
i fade to black
 
Pat
 
  
moon is down
just the milky way shines
for the insurgent
 
Ralf Bröker
 
  
Darkness: even the moon
listening where a metal trough
receives piped water
 
Sheila K. Barksdale
 
  
no moon
but the belly kicks
– a new stenerud...?
 
Svend A. Doggfall
 
  
moonless Sunday first
then sunless Monday...
meet me on Tu es Day!
 
Petya Gleridid
  
 
darkness
engulfing full moon
solitude
 
natalia kuznetsova
 
  
lost in the woods
separated from her fawn
she waits for the moon
 
Anonymous
 
  
Moonless day - 
eagerly waiting 
the sunset
 
Juhani Tikkanen
 
  
moonless night
new one tomorrow
but she'll never return
 
Binnoo
India
 
  
moonless night
waiting for the curtain to rise
shining stars
 
Bernard Gieske
 
  
no electricity
the candle casts her shadow
on a moonless night
 
RD McManes
 
  
Full moon out of sight
Gravity whose preference
draws the moonless night
 
Keith Moser
 
 
 moonless night
the cat's yellow eyeballs
must serve as beacon
 
Starbear
 
  
clouds thicken
moonless
deep sigh
 
Yukiko Yamada
 
 
 this night - 
the moth's death wish
with my pressure lamp.
 
dsnake1
 
  
light that is not there
I beneath a moonless sky
remembering you
 
Deirdre Godwin
 
  
not as much as a slice
of that big pizza pie
hits your eye
 
Jon Espen Vassbotn
 
  
moonless night
leaves whisk by - envelopes
with past whispers
 
endang
 
  
moonless night
my dreams
vanish
 
Barbara Campitelli
 
 
moonless night
on our faces
more candle light
 
Robert Kania
 
  
moonless night
former what ifs
overshadow me
 
Terra Martin
 
  
weary leaves
whispering dark secrets
the new moon
 
Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy
Birmingham, UK
 
 
 moonless night
double the number of stars
in the milky way
 
Elaine Riddell
  
 
moonless night
word after word about divorce
haiku
 
Irena Szewczyk
 
  
Hearing wings fluttering in the trees
I didn't mean to disturb their sleep
Cold, moonless night
 
Rey Barreto
 
 
 moonless night
through the trenches
The Girl from Ipanema
 
cFc
 
 
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General Comments:

**Many "moons" to gaze at! Excellent entries.
 
**Lovely to read these haiku. Thanks for your time and the opportunity.
 
**This section hard to pick, many good ones that capture a melancholy feeling for the missing moon. I really did read them all, but there were so many excellent ones at the beginning!
 
**Thanks again for this chance to read and vote on some really interesting entries in this kukai.
 
**There are so many good ones, it's quite a challenge to award the points.
 
**Thank you for hosting this contest!
 
** This was a hard one.
 
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Free Format Theme: 
ANYTHING IN THE GOURD FAMILY 

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First Place -   42 Points
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in and out
of the pumpkin’s smile
. . .a spider
 
Carole MacRury
(2,8,20) = 42 pts
 
 
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Second Place -  30 Points
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watermelon ...
explaining the world 
to my son
 
Billy Antonio
Laoac, Philippines
(0,9,12) = 30 pts
**Nice one. I like the picture in this haiku.
 
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Third Place -  19 Points
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carving pumpkins
the gap-toothed grins
of the children
 
Bill Kenney
(1,3,10) = 19 pts
 
 
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18 Points 
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late autumn
this pumpkin still waiting
for a face
 
Barbara Campitelli
(0,3,12) = 18 pts
 
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17 Points 
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vine trellis -
the half curl of memories
in the tendrils
 
Arvinder Kaur
Chandigarh,India
(2,1,9) = 17 pts
 
 
pumpkin field—
the blind child searches
for one that smiles
 
Carl Seguiban
Canada
(1,3,8) = 17 pts 
 
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16 Points 
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squash blossoms-
the newborn's fingers
curled around mine
 
Anonymous
(0,4,8) = 16 pts
**Something about this one . . . gets to me.
 
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15 Points 
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empty gourd-
the rhythm of life
in her belly
 
Rita Odeh
Nazareth, Israel
(0,4,7) = 15 pts
 
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13 Points 
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moonstruck
all the watermelons
asleep in a field
 
Ron C. Moss
(1,3,4) = 13 pts
 
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12 Points 
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spilled guts
my son’s pumpkin 
coming clean
 
Tom Painting
(2,1,4) = 12 pts
**I can almost guess the author.
 
a hollow song
through the gourd shell
late autumn
 
Beth Powell
(0,3,6) = 12 pts
 
 
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10 Points 
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pumpkins for sale
the sun bounces off 
a fat man's belly
 
Samar Ghose
Australia
(1,1,5) = 10 pts
 
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9 Points 
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gourd nests
some wrens looking out
and some looking in
 
Ramesh Anand
Bangalore, India
(0,2,5) = 9 pts
 
 
cold autumn day
pickled cucumber
still full of summer
 
Frances O'Keeffe
(0,2,5) = 9 pts
 
 
a pile
of expressionless
pumpkins
 
John McDonald
Edinburgh Scotland
(0,0,9) = 9 pts
 
 
a monarch flits
from pumpkin to pumpkin
Indian summer
 
Alan S. Bridges
(0,0,9) = 9 pts
 
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8 Points 
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late afternoon...
a crow watches over
the melon seeds
 
Paresh Tiwari
(0,2,4) = 8 pts
 
 
All Souls’ fog
faceless pumpkins
rot in a field
 
LeRoy Gorman
(0,1,6) = 8 pts
 
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7 Points 
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gourd harvest
the old hand cart moans
inwardly
 
(Ramona)
(1,1,2) = 7 pts
 
 
autumn night 
hokkaido squash soup
for two
 
Ralf Bröker
(1,1,2) = 7 pts
 
 
on the mantle
in the safari gourd
his ashes
 
Bernard Gieske
(0,2,3) = 7 pts
**Better with [L2] leaving out "in", and [L3] maybe "with his ashes."
 
from a gourd
she makes a vase –
it's raining
 
Miorita
(0,1,5) = 7 pts
 
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6 Points 
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an unpicked pumpkin
standing alone
at the school dance
 
Carolyn Coit Dancy
(1,1,1) = 6 pts
 
 
the pumpkin's new look
a squirrel gives the face
a second nose
 
Adelaide B. Shaw
(1,1,1) = 6 pts
 
 
minus feathers
and waddle
the long necked gourd
 
Terra Martin
(1,1,1) = 6 pts
 
 
even the clouds
are carving a pumpkin
for tonight
 
Anne Zooey Lind
(0,2,2) = 6 pts
 
 
moon above the garden -
my child counts the melons
again and again
 
Dan Iulian
(0,1,4) = 6 pts
 
 
pumpkin patch
the toothless grins
of grade schoolers
 
Michele L. Harvey 
USA
(0,1,4) = 6 pts
 
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5 Points 
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old castle -
the tourists take pictures
of a pumpkin blossom
 
Radka Mindova
Bulgaria
(1,0,2) = 5 pts
 
 
first freeze
the green field
now stippled orange
 
Bill Hudson
(1,0,2) = 5 pts
 
 
scraping seeds
from an acorn squash-
the brains of it!
 
--Kirsty Karkow
(0,2,1) = 5 pts
**Ha! I had that same thought as a kid and couldn't eat squash for years!
 
timetable life —
how the cucumber
tastes without salt
 
Vinay Leo R.
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
**Better maybe with [L1/L2] = what a cucumber tastes like / without
{any) salt
 
orange rain
his pumpkin catapult
misfires
 
Edward
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
rainy season --
a watermelon hides
among maize plants
 
~ AUGUSTUS MUTETI
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
all the lies-
a dusting of ash
on the gourd
 
Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy
Birmingham, UK
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
 
Shadows at dusk -
a scarecrow watches
the last pumpkin
 
Virginia Popescu 
PHOENIX
(0,1,3) = 5 pts
 
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4 Points 
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first frost
once smiling pumpkin
weeps
 
Doris
(0,2,0) = 4 pts
 
 
wind-polished
a gourd with the face
of an Inca warrior
 
Michael McClintock
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
through the bus window
a vendor sells slices --
watermelons!
 
~ Beatrice Syombua
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
first halloween
the baby
all pumpkin
 
Roberta Beary
(0,1,2) = 4 pts
 
 
sun dried gourd
a new head
for the scarecrow
 
Binnoo
India
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
 
chopping vegetables 
after the fight...
bitter gourd
 
~Devika
(0,0,4) = 4 pts
 
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3 Points 
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state fair...
watermelon rind pickles
win first prize
 
Tom Conally
Gibsonville, NC
(1,0,0) = 3 pts
 
 
don't they grow!
nearly the same height
toddler and pumpkin
 
maxianne
(1,0,0) = 3 pts
 
 
Jack O'Lantern's grin -
very heavy rain crashing 
against my window
 
Daniela Bullas
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
all shapes and sizes
a gourd display across from
Weight Watchers
 
Harvey Jenkins
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
travel with the load -
all pumpkins bouncing
in the same moment
 
Tomislav
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
^^I decided for a long period between the load and the cargo… I was hitchhiker and a truck driver took me among his pumpkins…!
 
it scares my daughter
in a different way-- 
curried pumpkin
 
Bridget Cougar
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
**This made me smile.
 
the worker ants 
in their stained uniforms -- 
smashed watermelon
 
Jayashree Maniyil
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
slithering drool
~ the snake gourd hisses
on the griddle
 
Raamesh Gowri Raghavan,
Mumbai, India
(0,1,1) = 3 pts
 
 
All Saints evening-
on the old battlefield
a path of pumpkins
 
cFc
(0,0,3) = 3 pts
**Actually good material, but the text should be worked on, maybe
[L3] = a patch of pumpkins
 
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2 Points 
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Maracas sizzled
their way through blazing guitars -
Mariachi soul. 
 
Robert C. Howard
Belleville, Illinois
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
Jack's lantern
wears a foolish grin
first November dawn
 
assu
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
waxing 
with the gourds - 
the moon stops
 
Ajaya Mahala 
Pune, India
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
evening cool --
withered pumpkin leaves
regain their shape
 
~ Isabelle Prondzynski
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
^^Melons, pumpkins and gourds are plentiful in Kenya
 
raining -
a seller gives to the old man
the squash he can't afford
 
Steliana Cristina Voicu
(Romania)
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
a monster
lurking in the shadows
Zucchini patch
 
Barbara Snow
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
the widower
picks the greenest
bitter gourd...
autumn drizzle
 
Alegria Imperial
(0,1,0) = 2 pts
 
 
terror in the night...
the hollow and twisted face
of a huge pumpkin
 
Keith A. SIMMONDS
Rodez, FRANCE
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
tying a knot
in the neck of a long handle
dipper gourd
 
gourdman
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
warm soup
served in a brown gourd --
party time
 
~ Synaidah Kal
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
the gourd family
lines up for a photograph
smile, it's Hallowe'en!
 
Garry Eaton
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
farmstand pumpkins
now with a removable
warning label
 
--Diane Mayr
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
long night --
we bring home a growler
of pumpkin ale
 
Angie Werren
Amelia, Ohio
USA
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
 
baking the squash
cut side down
like her mother
 
Ruth Powell
(0,0,2) = 2 pts
 
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autumn wind in the squash patch
green pattypan saucers
ready for liftoff
 
F.J. Bergmann
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
Jack -o'- lantern
who is in there peeps
the kid
 
Kumarendra Mallick
Hyderabad India
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
sun sets on trees...
while drums beat gourd rattles shake
and spirits dance
 
Pat
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
"pumpkin!?"
"sorry, jack, busy
carving"
 
dust
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
not smiling…
a gourd similar
in shape
 
D W Skrivseth
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
breakfast time--
bittergourd juice and
her glucometer
 
Yesha Shah
Surat, India
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
the first frost
kills leaves and vines
but not the pumpkins
 
DeVar
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
 
 
in Xanth* a hypnogourd
leads to the dream realm--
I carve a pumpkin
 
Brenda Roberts
(0,0,1) = 1 pts
^^Xanth, popular fiction series by Piers Anthony
 
dad at work in Spain -
the little girl is playing
with a smiley gourd
 
Cristina Oprea
(0,0,1) = 1 pts

 
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No Points This Time, Sorry. 
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dark jack o’ lantern
on the hardwood floor
discarded ghosts
 
Ignatius Fay
 
 
Finally googled:
Zucchini - all that you want -
and even healthy
 
Horst Ludwig
  
 
ecstatic dancing
to the rhythm
of the gourds
 
Barbara A. Taylor
Australia
 
  
the Perfect Pumpkin:
angled arms struggling
with its roundness
 
Sheila K.Barksdale
 
 
 zucchini flowers
in sunlight or batter
nourishing needs
 
Gerry Bravi (Canada)
 
  
Jack-o-lantern--
the flame won't catch until
you help me shade the wind
 
Anonymous
 
  
new collection-
full moon on a pumpkin
on the hay stack
 
Lavana kray
Romania
 
  
pumpkin cider, Ella,
pumpkin diamonds
midnight
 
Petya Gleridis
 
  
interior design -
in the bathroom she uses a
dishcloth gourd
 
Anonymous
 
  
on a porch bench
a Halloween pumpkin waits
trick or treat
 
RD McManes
 
 
deserted landscape
a weary wheelbarrow
full of rotten watermelons
 
Oddbjørn Aardalen
 
  
cucumber pickles
crunchy and crispy
Dad's flavor
 
Yukiko Yamada
 
  
a pile of pumpkins
awaiting the carver’s knife
to become fearsome
 
Deirdre Godwin
 
  
the full moon
over my fathers bald head
over his prize pumpkin
 
Jon Espen Vassbotn
 
  
the cabbage moth
surrenders
to the pumpkin
 
Bill Gottlieb
 
  
making soup
out of his eyes
- pumpkin head
 
Paul Hodder
 
  
more overtime...
warty gourds where the sweet corn once was
 
Laurene
 
 
 
curiosity and wonder
odd shapes and colors . . .
a gourd-piled puzzle
 
ewp
 
  
piccolino a gourd? a gourd!
 
Donna Bauerly,
Dubuque, IA
 
^^piccolinos are a small tasty gourd! I love them!
 
aroma of spices
half dozen zucchini
breads baking
 
Jane DeJonghe
 
  
scraping seeds
from the gourd . . .
drums across the hollow
 
Bill Pauly
  
 
polynesian art
intricate carvings
on the calabash
 
Elaine Riddell
 
  
magical pumpkin--
four mice assemble
at one side
 
James Dobson,
Prudhoe, UK.
 
  
Hunters Moon...
Sarge sips white lightning
from a hollow gourd
 
Anonymous 


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General Comments:

**GOOD GOURD! :) (should have entered this one!) [the free format kukai]
 
**I could easily have voted for more. Thanks for your time and the opportunity.
 
**Quite a few good ones on a theme that was not so poetic ! Difficult choices !
 
**Thanks again for the invitation to participate in this kukai, and the opportunity to read and vote for one among the entries.
 
**General comment : It was hard for me to find haiku to vote for, as I could not understand the cultural references in most of them -- probably related to the way Hallowe'en is celebrated in some countries. I did, however, appreciate those I selected.
** It seems so strange to me to see pumpkins as objects, rather than food...
**Thank you for the insight this theme brought!
 
**Lower than average quantity and, I believe, quality in this category. That's why I may seem stingy in assigning points this month.
 
 
**General comment (and excuse the pun): slim pickings
 
**Finally googled:
Zucchini - all that you want -
and even healthy
 
Did you know they can even grow to baseball bat length?
 
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