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Last Chance to Vote in the December 2020 THF Monthly Kukai

This month’s theme:
recovery

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.

The Ballot

1

3 long deep breaths cool wind

2

       a year long wait
for Covid 19 vaccine —
road to recovery

3

after my mother’s
funeral
a newborn cry

4

       after the rain
windshield clean
air smells of laundry

5

       ah, dusty love letters
all that’s left
of my lover’s touch

6

       almost there
she stumbles
on the 12th step

7

       amicable divorce —
returning the stars
received as a gift

8

       as the years pass by
fall’s red leaves remind me less
of the taste of wine

9

       at the last instant
a squirrel lands feet first
spring fever

10

       baby steps
I stop feeling guilty
for being happy

11

       back from hospital —
her dried plants
more thirsty

12

       birdsongs . . .
the gentle stretch
of my days
in lockdown

13

       black ice
quicker than you
can imagine

14

       both boots
on firm ground
Marine Sergeant

15

       broken hearts . . .
yet the orange blossom
returns to bloom

16

       bruised peaches I unpick my battles

17

       catching a slur
i throw back a smile
winter games

18

       chemo brain
remembering that tune
but not the words

19

       Christmas lunch
in the prison camp
potato peels

20

       cool breeze
through a beaded curtain —
droplet waterfall

21

       Covid lockdown
Old friend at my door
An unseen smile

22

       dandelion fluff . . .
the wishes that can never
bring mama back

23

       darkened skies
raking the leaves
to clear a path

24

       divided country
all hopes in the heart
of a red rose

25

       drawn-on eyebrows
beneath her hat’s brim . . .
first day back

26

       dry seed rattle
the doctor says
I should be just fine

27

       Empty bottles
Full bottle
No bottles

28

       fading track lines
the recovering addict’s
first run

29

       fistful of sand
I reclaim
my sandcastle

30

       fit again —
a jasmine is
a jasmine

31

       fresh green shoots
on blackened trunks . . .
tender signs of life

32

       Granddad recovers
from the dreaded pandemic . . .
a new lease on life

33

       grey moon
turning green
covid survivor

34

       half moon
she shows me a pad
that replaces her breast

35

       he can do-si-do
with his partner once more
arriving spring

36

       healing —
the waxing moon and
I

37

       hopeful moon
this year’s coral
spawning

38

       I
am
still.

39

       jasmine blooms
the first scent she wakes up to
— — — — — — after comatose

40

       killing time . . .
a call
that does not want to come

41

       laugh
   with friends
uplifting

42

       leaving the hospital
the mask discreetly down
by the rose bush

43

       midnight snowfall —
my hospital
window

44

       missing
from the chocolate manger
baby Jesus

45

       motionless —
they renew water
to the sunflowers

46

       neither taste nor smell . . .
the road to recovery
feeling quite senseless

47

       new leaves
the life resumes
in the woods

48

       no more questions
learning to take
each day as it comes

49

       No sounds except
classical piano &
calls of birds

50

       oak roots —
grandpa returns
to his home hamlet

51

       one day
at a time
birdsong

52

       one-eared rescue kitty purring us to sleep

53

       out of the woods . . .
from the hospital window
forest bathing

54

       pandemic
sending sympathy cards
by email

55

       Past frames fade away
All nature’s healers aubade
Forgiveness has wings

56

       post-op
she smiles more
each day

57

       precious coral
the color slowly returns
to her cheeks

58

       prognosis —
I stretch her lifeline
with my marker

59

       rain covers the tears
I’m leaving the hospital
repaired

60

       raking leaves
a deep breath after
pneumonia

61

       recovery —
over a corn stubble plain
clouds carry light

62

       Recovery
Victory . . .
Both a “V” shaped curve

63

       return of swallows
can the journeying heart
remain unscathed?

64

       scratched tom cat
sleeping all day long —
ready for the next night

65

       sheltered minds recuperate —
meteor showers

66

       silent retreat —
picking up the pieces
behind closed doors

67

       slow traffic . . .
a beaming chef
works his magic

68

       Snoring dog
At my side
Fills the memory of you

69

       spring shower . . .
on a fallen bough
a few sprouts

70

       starry night questions connecting the dots

71

       stemmed —
cherry blossom
at the hospice

72

       sun warms
the standing
some sit

73

       temple bell love an echo too

74

       the heart’s resolve
to mend . . .
guardian moon

75

       the last thread
holding me together
strong as spiders’ silk

76

       the premature baby
recovers
pandemic

77

       the storm is over
pink lotus reblooms
with sunrise

78

       the sun
through our tears:
a rainbow

79

       the way to myself
still there
the Milky Way

80

       trauma of cancer
no birth again — first lip move
after complete cure

81

       virus year
the psychiatric nurse
on stress leave

82

       waking up
in a hospital bed
where am I?

83

       watercolour painting the rainbow within me

84

       waxing moon . . .
grandfather’s eyes
start seeing again

85

       When I made peace with myself . . .
And realized my worth . . .
I felt I recovered

86

       wife left
not a loss he said
she took the pug

87

       wind stampeding
bansara rice stalks on bended knees
aftermath paternoster

88

       winning catch
his gleam while dusting
the bruises

89

       winter rays
the rotten pumpkin
on the top stair spent

90

       working on myself
step by step
to serenity

91

       Xmas carol
mom wakes up
from coma

92

       X-ray
warmth goes from fingertips
right into the heart

93

       you arrive
in the shape
of a moth

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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