Skip to content

Last Chance to Vote in the December 2023 THF Monthly Kukai

This month’s theme:
festival

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 flickering flame
in this world of darkness
festival of lights

2

      a long time since
I didn’t get married
Hina Doll Festival

3

      a street concert
trombones dispersing
face reflections

4

      Abba the child came to go
lamb awaken star
the feast began

5

      across the harbor
lighting the shoreline paper
lanterns silent joy

6

      After long time
Returning to home
For the new year

7

      all saints’ day
forsaken
for pumpkins

8

      alone in Christmas
the surprise visit
of homeland moon

9

      alone
in my childhood bedroom
kokeshi doll

10

      and the angels
in their heavenly choir
start singing ‘Galway Bay’

For Shane MacGowan

11

      another fireworks show —
the stars decorate the homeless child’s tree

12

      autumn festival —
mime performance interrupted
with dragonfly wings

13

      autumn rain —
moved to the attic
the jazz festival

14

      Baby home
from ICU
festival of thousand suns

15

      best Christmas present
the children’s
big smiles

16

      browsing
among the lit lawn deer
a dark one

17

      Caribbean sun
the toddler sleeps unimpressed
from Christmas Carols

18

      Carnival
balloons and revelers
get higher and higher

19

      ceasefire . . .
a soldier comes home
for Christmas

20

      cedar waxwings . . .
how we fill each other
with song

21

celebrating
every day the gift
of being alive

22

      champs-elysees
a subtle scent of lavender
in christmas markets

23

      cheeky saucer-eyed
tippy toes in victory —
a poinsettia

24

      Christmas candles
mirrored in the window
a menorah

25

christmas clearance rack
all the broken ornaments
left without a tree

26

      christmas lights
offer festive cheer —
on the radio, a jingle

27

      Christmas Market
my wife winks back
at the elf

28

      Christmas party
street child
waiting for Santa

29

      claret lips and a mistletoe
the trapped moth in the snow globe

30

      cocktails of visions
limonium and catwalks
In the lagoon

31

      continents apart
still feeling her presence
as Christmas unwraps

32

      curious merriment
and for the expected event
comfortable shoes

33

      darker and darker
the flickering of candles
on Hanukkah eve

34

      daughters’ visit
fairy lights deck
my aroma filled home

35

      dawn breaks
street family sweeping away
the cracker debris

36

      day after Thanksgiving
a dozen wild turkeys
in no hurry

37

      days by days
some light, some dark, some crazy
the festival of life

38

      dazzlingly streets
northern winds
Christmas carol

39

      decorating the tree . . .
we celebrate
the scent of pine

40

      delicacies of rasas
on a banana leaf . . .
rag picker’s treat

41

      disquiet
over global crises
. . . but let’s party anyway

42

Diwali
even the garbage truck
is painted new

43

      diwali trail
a luminous sky
unfolding above us

44

      down this icy street
how those decoration lights
pool up with ours

45

      drying a widower’s tears Diwali breeze

46

      dying rural town
highlights their history
festival

47

      end of the festival
a young janitor gathers
fallen stars

48

      evening prayer . . .
a lamp moves across
the neighbour’s window

49

      every day
another festival
celebrating what is

50

      factory workers
on their graveyard shift break
a festival of lights

51

      family festival
this year
. . . Dad’s empty chair

52

      Father
home alone Christmas
divorced

53

      festival —
a spotlight beam
on the waif’s palm

54

      festival frenzy . . .
finding her feet
at Earth Beats

55

      festival gathering —
around the fairy lights
his final wish

56

      festival meet
children peel off
the pomegranate layers

57

      festival
my sister and I laughed out loud
the merry-go-round is played

58

festival of lights
a candle
touching darkness

59

      festival of lights
seems so very dark this year . . .
only rockets shine

60

      Festival of Lights
the ceasefire ends
in darkness

61

      festival of lights the garden lightning bugs

62

      festival
the flamingos’
mating dance

63

      festivities over —
the holly and jolly
back in boxes

64

fireflies and crickets
The Royal Fireworks Music
in the copse

65

      first Christmas
he enjoys the paper
more than the presents

66

      first night on the docks
festival of distant
city lights

67

      flying sky
the festival
of kites

68

      fortune cookie
his pause
before the snap

69

      from the festival
to the festival
wet face

70

gala
smell of cotton candy
different flavors

71

      glühwein
our hands kept warm
by each other’s

72

      gumamela garden
they gather outside
to exchange gifts

73

      haiku festival
a blooming syllable count
of cherry blossoms

74

      Halloween Tuesday
my daughter is
Wednesday

75

      Hanukkah in the
holy land — darkness shrouds the
festival of lights

76

      harvest moon —
the dancing leaves
on mom’s sari

77

holiday meal
the annual festival
of slights

78

      holly and ivy
the world’s great religions
lift up their weapons

79

      homecoming
editing memories
as needed

80

      in a tangle
the old Christmas lights
smell of pine

81

      in the limelight
the boot mug body
surfs gloved fingers

82

      infiorata
petal delicatesse —
spring comes to town

83

      jingle bell show
a boy’s wheelchair tracks
pulse with color

84

      Laughter, hugs
dementia be damned
she knows grandkids names

85

      Light displays shining so bright
The stars disappear
What are we celebrating

86

Light Festival
shadow mottle
on the water

87

      literature fest —
a debutant author dozes
at the book signing

88

Little hands
Sculpting the stars
Ice festival

89

      mardi gras midnight . . .
where each sugar shack stands stands
lenten-temptation

90

      merrimaking
a rainbow of smells
highlights shenanigans

91

      New Year’s Day
what did I expect
again

92

      New Year’s Eve
a girl seeks her father
amid the stars

93

      next round’s on me —
a well-crafted festival
the micro version

94

      Nights of Lights
a jumper dampens
the festivities.

95

      not long after the longest night Christmas

96

      Oktoberfest tent —
am I still dizzy from
the rollercoaster?

97

      our goldfish
ten years after
the county fair

98

      paper lanterns —
the spirits float away
for another year

99

      party hats
in the cellar
beets sprout tassels

100

      Peace on Earth
celebration
c a n c e l l e d

101

      polishing
my dancing shoes . . .
Willie’s* coming

*Willie Nelson

102

post op
every day
a festival

103

      precious life journey
wings of despair, smiling stars
I am healing — living

104

      rock’n’roll concert —
the aged fan’s hearing aid
to the maximum

105

      round dance
billowing kimono
moon on indigosee

106

      Sanremo festival . . .
the love songs
and my emotions

107

      Santa Lucia
candles blown out —
her eyes still shine

108

      Seventy years and grateful
Celebrating a full program.
Too busy to die.

109

      shop doorway
her little girl asking
why Santa needs money

110

      shopping mall —
lines of smiling faces
waiting for santa

111

      Shortest day —
they trudge their way
Noel —
they gleam with joy
for all: about a boy

112

      snow atop
acropolis bulbs
red secrets

113

      snow festival —
near Mount Fuji the cherries
drop their petals

114

      snow flakes and laughter dance in the air

115

      snowdrop festival . . .
sharing our story
of hope

116

      snowflakes in streetlights
the savory steam summons
a wreath of smiles

117

      Soap bubble
On its fragile surface
Colours Festival

118

      solstice gathering
I let loose
my inner pagan

119

      still the center
and life of the party
a poet’s wake

120

      street carols
a homeless man
joins

121

      such bright stars
in the middle-east
those wise men

122

      Tanabata
the star-crossed lovers
at it again

123

teared eyes
reflecting
a passing parade

124

      the deranged letters
EVIL
in festival

125

      the harvest moon
in a beggar’s water bowl
twilight rains

126

      The Light Festival
this year I’m freezing alone
in a big crowd

127

      The village center,
so long empty from Covid,
now replete with joy.

128

      This winter’s first snow
Covered the cars and the grass
But left the streets clear

129

      tractor pull rumbles the deep memory of Main Street

130

      Tumbleweeds gathered
stacked high, adorned with lights
Sonoran yuletide

131

      Twinkling lights in streets
Joyful laughter — hearts alight
Celebrations bloom

132

      twinkling lights
sing familiar aromas
smiles return

133

      under the stars
holiday lights
twinkle on the bridge

134

Vessels bleed into
mere mortals’ loose cups
Bacchus makes a fist

135

      village tree
bright lights and bobbles gleam
on a blanket of snow

136

      what festival?!
thousands of buds
again breathing ashes

137

      Winter gathering
Free food draws the turnout
Birds at the feeder

138

      winter night —
even atop the dark
a white celebration

139

      winter’s night cold silence
guests greeted by
scarecrow holding a lantern

140

      Yasgur’s* farm
fifty years later
finding my space

( Max Yasgur’s farm in upstate New York, USA was the site of the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.)

141

      Zoom festival —
all haiku poets become
the sandhill cranes

 

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!

 

Back To Top