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Last Chance to Vote in the June 2022 THF Monthly Kukai

This month’s theme:
sunshine

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

6 a.m., dense haze.
Tiny yellow bird hops by —
my ray of sunshine

2

a break in the clouds
beaming smile
sunshine of my life

3

a coyote
still sings after sunrise
heat index rises

4

a pool of sunlight
my damp feet
drying in it

5

a ray of sunshine
pierces the dark clouds —
my epiphany

6

a summer night —
light enough to fill
a winter day

7

a sunflower greeting the summer solstice with its one good eye

8

a sunray connects
the soul with the universe —
loving energy

9

a whiff
of spring sunshine
dog’s fur

10

adding sunshine
a day at a time until
the summer soufflé

11

after the storm
a rainbow in sunshine
I believe in hope

12

after the storm the same new sunshine

13

ain’t no sunshine
in her vacant
parking space

14

an autumn sunset
so many colors of light
still ahead of me

15

ancient castle
between the turrets
shafts of sun

16

and now you
and you only . . .
sunshine

17

back to school . . .
a refugee child’s eyes
fill with sunshine

18

barred window
— just for a little while
the comfort of sunshine

19

beached at high noon first frissons of love

20

beehive . . .
all the buzz
around sunshine

21

birch tree line flickers
like an old super 8 film
train ride to Paris

22

bomb shelter
a girl caresses her firefly
the sunshine

23

breaking through
C-section walls . . .
ray of sunshine

24

buying sunshine
at the nearest pharma
vitamin d

25

cancer ward . . .
a burst of sunshine
comes to visit

26

canning day
mason jars filled
with sunshine

27

captured
in a bottle
the sunshine
on the vines

28

chrysanthemums —
a shaft of sunlight
on headstones

29

clear morning sky
myriad of suns
on dewy stubbles

30

cloud, then sun —
might the gates of heaven
open to somebody?

31

— dark clouds moving slowly out of the way

32

dawn . . .
paper-thin poppies
bleed sunglow

33

depression
through the keyhole
only one ray of life

34

Do not come too close
To me
Because I will burn
Regret hurts too much

35

Dried rose plant
started blooming in dark
my heart full of sunshine . . .

36

earthing barefoot . . .
sunshine warms her
glowing face

37

empty bowl
overflowing
with sunshine

38

evening sunshine
river and riverbank share
a beggar’s shadow

39

familiar things
the little patch of sunlight
on his balding head

40

fields of dandelions
I spread soft butter
on our sandwiches

41

first outing
how gently the sunshine
caresses my baby

42

first ray of sunshine
in a suburban bakery
last coffee

43

— for Daddy!
my son’s adding the sun
to his drawing

44

forest sunshine —
laburnum petals
shimmering in the dark

45

forgetting the lyrics
sunshine makes
me sneeze

46

forsaken moon
he now calls me
his sunshine

47

fresh cherries
the sunshine
on their cheeks

48

from my cat —
the benefits of napping
in sunlight

49

frozen falls slowly the sunshine

50

Glorious sunshine,
Precious pink hydrangea,
Soothe her fragile mind.

155

good morning
I talk to me
sitting on the same bench . . .

51

grandma’s tears
as baby smiles
just another day

52

grief lifts
when sun
shines

53

He burns hot and bright
The incandescence of his smile

54

heaped clouds
crossing the sun
the price of gas

55

heat
for an aching back
gardening

56

her royal highness
our beauty queen of sunshine
lights the road ahead

57

her words talk
something else but the sunshine
through her hair

58

Hidden in soil
Soft colour grows
Into sunshine

59

high noon
our dog Riga joyously
welcoming the heat

60

high noon sun . . .
dueling shadows
child’s play

61

high UV index
a completely crazed turkey cock
has blushed

62

His face, dark as thunder
transforms to sunshine
while playing in puddles

63

his smile
as warm as spring sunshine
child beggar

64

holding sunshine
within itself —
amber stone

65

I wish
inside-outside
sunshine

66

in a lumber room —
at times a dusty sunshine
ignites the old stove

67

in a small sunbeam so much dust

68

in the puddle
blue sky and sun sparkles
our parallel lives

69

incestuous sun
slowly turning in the clouds
day moon

70

into the sunrise a crow’s caw

71

June sun —
the ability of my
invisibility

72

just me
in my room dancing
with leaf shadows

73

late afternoon sun
becoming one
with the shadows

74

meadow sunshine i widen a belief

75

melting ice . . .
her new fountain pen
glacier blue

76

Memorial Wall . . .
a ray of sunshine caressing
my dad’s years

77

morning meditation
awoken by
a ray of sunshine

78

morning sun
with all the warmth
of a hug

79

move my bed
into the sun,
birdsong

80

not missing a thing summer sun

81

ochre rockface
the winter sun
sharpening shadows

82

old black and white
the sunshine on his grin
and his fish

83

Ominous morning
Blackened sky predicts rain, yet . . .
Sliver of sunshine

154

pale rays of the sun
through the morning mist
regaining my shadow

84

polished floor
a patch of sunshine
slides

85

Poolside bliss
Pina colada
Intoxicating sunshine

86

raindrops
on my Ray Ban’s
sun shower

87

rainy day . . .
from a peach
juicy sunshine

88

ray of sunshine —
in the fisherman’s boat
the golden fish

89

rays of morn
pathway’s spaceless brim
of walkie talkie

90

receptive moon
still water
gratitude

91

red sky
how you colour
my mourning

92

rendezvous
she dresses in denim
sunshine at the table

93

ripples of light
a 5-year-old discovers
strider-bugs

94

rising sun
clothesline rain beads
one by one by one

95

robins sipping sunlight
from the rain-soaked lawn . . .
how we drink in the day

96

Room high above the sea
Empty
Save the echos of a secret love affair

97

saturday morning
the cat lies in the sunshine
must be her day off

98

scorched feet
sandals left on blanket
too late

99

setting sun
in my glass of rum
island light

100

sheer curtains
her face half lit
with morning sun

101

single red tulip
frosted by a dash of snow
sun shines through dark clouds

102

soothing my worries
a friend’s fingers on my hand
sunshine on my back

103

Spring is the drop
Going up
Where she is from

104

spring sunshine . . .
missing my old :: young
self

105

Sun rain sun
I hope for rainbows
But there are none

106

Sun tracks
Near the window
On the black face

107

sunbathing
on my favourite spot
the lizard

108

sundown
the herb garden buzzing
with old folk

109

sunlight
in my teaspoon —
take me, if you can

110

sunlight through slats
choosing the bright side
of the yin-yang

111

sunlit pond the sway of a newt’s tail

112

sunlit snow
climbing down the mountain
of our differences

113

sunny bunnies
baroque figures
tremble gently

114

sunrise – the fog of an intoxicating night descends

115

sunshine
a touch of butter
on warm bread

116

sunshine
after all night rain
a blackbird’s song

117

Sunshine
after the rain
bliss

118

sunshine
chases me still
a shadow

119

sunshine gap
the beetle passes
through me

120

sunshine
in the spring air
fine dust

121

sunshine . . .
its curve on her belly bump,
on the tomb mound too

122

Sunshine on hilltops — mountain cows return back — sound of bells

123

sunshine
on my smartphone display
his message

124

sunshine —
one by one into
limelight

125

sunshine
playing hide-and-seek
with my mood

126

sunshine
somewhere dawn on Earth
at that moment

127

sunshine — the crack
between the curtains
migraine

128

sunshine —
the game
of hide and seek

129

sunshine . . .
the nickname
i always call him

130

sunshine . . .
the unpredictability
of motherhood

131

Taking a moment
to let it soak in —
sunshine

132

the cries of gulls
measured in units
of warm sunshine

133

the islands
aloha forecast:
liquid sunshine

134

the light in his eyes
brighter and brighter . . .
sunshine

135

the old painter
framing the sun
thousand paper cranes

136

the spider web’s glow
across the garden pathway —
morning glories

137

thin clothes — pandemic
ain’t got no money no teeth
but sunshine plenty

138

three mallards
sitting on white stones,
slow river

139

through the keyhole first ray of sunshine

140

through the small holes
in the minnow bucket
pricks of sunshine

141

toe-to-toe
sunshine and oak
their summer tango

142

too late last night
morning sunshine wakes me
I lower the blinds

143

too much sunshine soaking his burnt bits

144

treetops
through a green kaleidoscope
the sunshine leaves

145

twilight
a tip of the peak
on fire

146

under the white pine
a fuzzy duck feather
glows amongst the needles

147

vine-ripe tomato
sinking my teeth
into sunshine

148

Warmth beyond measure
Gentle blanket of good will
Kiss of morning sun

149

what sunlight can do . . .
write an entire story
on a steller’s jay wing

150

windowless room —
a false sun made by
children`s hands

151

winter sunset
a cockatoo turns
into glow

152

winter sunshine
the homeless man and I
share a smile

153

young mathematician
ending the pi sequence
a sunshine

 

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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