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Last Chance to Vote in the August 2023 THF Monthly Kukai

This month’s theme:
swelter

Voting closes for The Haiku Foundation Monthly Kukai tonight (the 24th) at midnight (east coast time). So make those final decisions and let us know whom you think did the best work this month.

Voting for The Haiku Foundation Monthly Kukai

Shortly after the conclusion of the submission period, an anonymous ballot comprising all submitted poems on that month’s theme will be posted to Troutswirl (The Haiku Foundation blog) on the THF site. Any reader of this ballot is eligible to vote for their favorite poems at this time. A voter may vote for up to five (5) poems per theme. A top vote will receive 5 points, a second-place vote 4 points, a third-place vote 3 points, a fourth-place vote 2 points, and a fifth-place vote 1 point.

Please use the Kukai voting form below to enter your selections, and then press Submit to cast your votes. No other votes will be recognized or honored. All votes must be signed (that is, no “anonymous” votes will be accepted, and the Submit button will not be available until both Name and Email fields are filled in), and no poet may vote for his or her own work. No commentary upon the poems will be accepted or published. Votes will be accepted from the appearance of the ballot on the 18th of that month through midnight of the 24th of that month. Readers may vote only once per ballot. Administrators of the kukai are ineligible to vote.

Note: Anonymity is an essential part of any kukai. If you know who wrote the poem then that entry is no longer anonymous. Please respect the Kukai and do not vote for that entry.

The Ballot

 

1

      a bubble
of hot warmth —
bunch of red roses

2

      a hot pavement
the dog carried in the arms
of the barefoot girl

3

      A swelter morning
On the top of the mountain
i envy my shadow

4

a toad stool
of the open-air hostel
warming sky

5

      a/c out
after her pre-work shower
already soaked

6

      afternoon swelter
beads of mother’s sweat
in oven light

7

      afternoon swelter —
distant rumble of a train
between the whistles

8

      An ill-treated sales girl’s face . . .
Sweltering mount Fuji

9

      August birthday fave
roast turkey and pumpkin pie
annual swelter

10

      august dawn
a silent hiss
world evaporating

11

      August sweltering
trying to remember
December’s cold winds

12

      bleached coral . . .
NOAA working to restore
the rainbow

13

      blue jays soar
above cicadas,
swelter

14

      burning pyre
my father never liked
heat

15

      Butterfly on the flower
fanning
I go for my fan centered

16

      charred trees
the silence
of insects’ chorus

17

      choosing
to unfollow the sun
sunflowers

18

      clear skies
till the crackle of
dry shrubs

19

climate change
candle makers gather
at madame tussauds

20

      Cocooned in comfort
I fight evil with Zelda
Outside trees wither.

21

      corkscrew —
a restless nightie
on a balmy night

22

      cycle ride
the delicious feel of sweat
evaporating

23

      Dali’s clock . . .
everything melts
during summer

24

      December solstice
while I swelter
you freeze

25

dog days only the sun rising to the challenge

26

      dog days paddling in the shallows still dreaming

27

      dog days
side by side he and I
sweltering

28

      drive-in movies
our daughter watches
for fog drops

29

      drops of swelter
into my eyes
heavy heat

30

dry
heat
sweat
dripping
down
my
back

31

      egg sizzles sweltering heat

32

      even after a shower we swelter

33

      fire hydrant spray
realizing I’m no longer
a child

34

      flies
the bloody flies
dog day afternoon

35

fountain splash
tired birds are drinking
reflection of the sky

36

      grackle staring up
bill open to the blazing sky
praying for relief

37

      haiku of kindness
tethered to water bottle
passerby’s gift

38

heat
juicy drop of sweat
from cherry lips

39

      heat lightning
the squiggle on the driveway
a baby snake

40

heat wave . . .
a bald man mowing the lawn
wipes his brow

41

      heat wave . . .
only a sparrow
at the outdoor cafe

42

heatwave —
even the shadow burns
of my room

43

      heatwave
fallen asleep sooner than I
the mosquito

44

      heatwave
green sleeves sounds
like a lifesaver

45

      high humidity . . .
my shadow
pools on the floor

46

      Hikers
swelter in heat wave
die

47

home from the Med
cool breezes and drizzle
my wet face smiles

48

      Horizon rippled
translucent waves radiate
from blacktop stew

49

      hot enough
to fry an egg
this summer

50

      hot july night —
millions of dancing fireflies
on a crystal art work

51

      hot summer drizzle
dripping on my brow
salty sweat

52

      Hot sun quiet sky
Once a calm delight for all
Now too much for life

53

hot tears
sweat mingles
she slips ice tea

54

      hot under the collar
temperatures rise —
climate change

55

      human swelter
the eye and the camera
never tired

56

      I dream of sun tanned
ice cream, languid days but all
it does is rain and rain

57

      I sweat all day . . .
now it rains
all night

58

ice harvest steaming horse breath

59

      In Hell, sweltering
Heat waves
I wave back.

60

      in the blistering heat
petals wilt
honeybee sweats

61

      in the cool shade
of an old pinetum,
respite from the swelter

62

      indigo flowers
infusing in the bird bath
a hawk asks for peace

63

      lace — a quiet memory floating
through sweltering night heat

64

late summer
adither and buzz
before naptime

65

      lengthening
shadows at sunset
fire moon

66

lost-dog flier
almost faded white
summer heat

67

      Mama’s soup swelters on the stove of my childhood
After lunch I suck on a popsicle

68

      menopause swelter
becoming a stranger
to myself

69

      menopause —
sweltering torso
grapples the shadow

70

      mewling
from the attic crib
swelter night

71

      midday swelter . . .
a raven’s call silences
the mirage

72

      middle of August
thinking of my hometown’s
only toboggan hill

73

midsummer
the village drought ends
at the cemetery

74

molten asphalt —
all the anger
that takes me over

75

      My block burns
Barren of trees
Shade is a privilege

76

my grandson tries
to describe snow
to his grandson

77

      my
heatwave doula screams
it’s a breech!

78

      night sweats . . .
these blankets of
blackbird song

79

      no air-condition
sweat flows down over face
slower than the wind

80

no fishing —
blue-green algae blooms
in the sweltering heat

81

      NOLA summer heat,
Second line got you moving
Swelter in the street.

82

O! Greate Sun
every sunflower bows
so please . . . stop

83

      Old aged canine
lying on sweltering leaves
eyes gazing upward

84

      on sun swelter beach
remembering the last time
we looked at each other

85

      over and over
re-tuning the humidity
my sleepless wings

86

      perks of solitude . . .
Himalayas state of mind
naked staycation

87

      persistent flies
on her unsold fish
sweltering dusk

88

      pouring rain —
his silence
chokes me

89

      power outage
now we can hear
the bullfrogs

90

      power outage —
pregnant maid fans
her belly first

91

      prison cell
boiling memories
of the family

92

      Raging rain
Drowning out
Sweltering day

93

reflecting fire
eyes watch the panorama
turn to shadow

94

      rising heat
horizon shimmers
the street a mirage

95

scorcher
she slips ice cubes
in her bra

96

      scorching heat
with each step I chant
Hanuman Chalisa

97

scorching my feet . . .
a casual walk over the Saharan
dunes

98

      scorching sun —
a new hat for the old
scarecrow

99

      seasonal
NYC mugging
the heat closes in

100

      Shimmering towards me
Stealthily yet steadily
Sweltering heat waves

101

      someone’s voice
calling me
swelter than thirsty desert

102

      stifling heat
cows lying down
on the job

103

      streaks of gold
in antique painting
sweltering workers

104

      subway in Paris
a bead of sweat takes a nice trip
into a decollete

105

      sultry afternoon
stirring sweet rain clouds
into my mocktail

106

      sultry day —
the constant buzz
of a housefly

107

      sultry day —
watching the waterfall
so refreshing

108

      sultry night
a bead of sweat slips
down her neckline

109

sultry night —
the electric fan
scans my thoughts

110

      summer heat
a carpenter hammering
into the afternoon

111

      summer heat
tummy side up near the air cooler . . .
my forest cat

112

      summer looms
fear of reprisal

113

summer rain
drums on the plants —
sultry evening

114

summer seeping through sheets awash with dawn

115

      summer squall . . .
steam rises
from the asphalt

116

      summer sunset
the horizon
a fire eater

117

Summer sunshine
Chrysanthemum flowers
Bent to the ground

118

      summer swelter
an umbrella of cloud
veils the day moon

119

suspicious wife
prolonged tiff
he takes cold shower

120

      sweat drips
down the earth’s face
sweltering heat

121

      sweat drips
onto raw hands
a dollar’s worth picked

122

      sweat lodge
bowing the head
taking the heat

123

      sweaty ball
falls to the floor —
match point

124

swelter heat —
to the stream rhythm
peace flows

125

      Swelter
of the market
a cucumber smiled

126

      swelter
quenches thirst in waves
Venus

127

      swelter
the rookie rubs the ball
before his first pitch

128

sweltering day
the road bridges
mirages

129

      sweltering heat
but my child is
in a war bunker

130

      sweltering heat . . .
crouching in the same shade
deer and tiger

131

sweltering heat
even the kettle
whistles

132

      sweltering heat
even the shadows
looking for one

133

      sweltering heat
. . . even the sun
hides behind a cloud

134

      sweltering heat
getting colder
her feelings

135

sweltering heat —
her sultry glance follows
his beaded sweat

136

      sweltering
in St Mark’s Square
half-baked pigeons

137

sweltering night
a couple in the room next door
drowns the fan out

138

      sweltering noon . . .
leaving the DNA
in every corner

139

      sweltering sky
the ruined temple
endures

140

sweltering station —
a freight train
blows through

141

      sweltering summer —
the cows are standing
in the pond

142

      sweltering sun . . .
a camel’s bellows silenced
in the cameleer’s snore

143

      sweltering
where we find ourselves near
the end of the age

144

      symbiosis
of lichen on deadwood . . .
wildflowers

145

      tanabata wishing for autumn

146

      The air hangs heavy,
So I watch from the window.
Even wildlife hide.

147

      the garden is filled
with the sound of clinking ice
in your lemonade

148

      the heat
driving us mad
helter swelter

149

      the naked sword
return scabbard
sacrifice offer

150

      the swelter
of burning our villages . . .
Narco-terrorists

151

      the whack whack
of a roofer’s hammer —
her glistening biceps

152

      There once was a spider,
That quickly move beside her,
It seems so creepy.

153

      tiger lilies
fading in shadow
traces of paws

154

times so sticky
heat has no chill
beads appear

155

Tyrannical heat
Sun savagely ruling the day
Burning breath away

156

      Under the shade of umbrella
Two sparrows
Summer swelter

157

      under the sprinkler
i stay alive
for another hour

158

      unstoppable sun
shimmering lizards retreat
to the shade

159

vacation period —
all my plans melt away
with me

160

      warm tea
the well water steams . . .
midday swelter

161

      watering can
the perspiration
after each rinse

162

      wet bulb temps
the helter swelter of protests
at the breaking point

163

will living things
survive this ocean stew
whitening coral

164

      winter seclusion . . .
sweltering through
menopausal blues

165

      World is no longer kilter
We must all learn new
Swelter

166

      world overheating
scout camp jamboree swelters
canvas no shelter

 

Kukai Results

On the first day of the following month, results of the tally of the kukai will be announced. The top vote-getters as voted by readers will be posted, along with the number of points each poem tallied, and each poem’s authorship will be revealed at this time. Winners will be invited to select from a list of prizes provided by The Haiku Foundation. The theme for the new month will be announced at the same time, and the process repeated. Poems remain the copyrighted property of their authors, but The Haiku Foundation reserves the right to publish, display and archive all submitted poems for this and other purposes at its discretion.

Congratulations to all our participants!

 

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