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Last Chance to Vote in the March 2024 THF Monthly Kukai

This month’s theme:
orange

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 boat loaded
with oranges on the river —
winter sunset
2
      a boring afternoon
the little boy is juggling
with three oranges
3
a clown fish
dart among sea anemones
coexistence
4
      a million mini suns
bursting through
the orange grove
5
A red kite spirals
rides the sky with outstretched wings
menace in the air
feathers fanned and orange eye
catching tiny shards of sun
6
A semi-circle
of tangerines . . . pretending
to be cushions in a harem.
7
      a slice of sunlight
the scent of sweet orange
uplifting my heart
8
a smaller
slice of orange
Gaza sunset
9
a summer sunset —
on the cocktail glass rim
a slice of orange
10
      A T-shirt and a juice with my daughter,
both her favorites.
11
      Adagio lights sun moon ring red madder repose.
Secretly alchemy whisper.
 
Tastes sounds light touches.
Oranges fey succulent delectable death
12
      after the act
the prostitute
peels an orange
13
      against the green
an apricot . . .
no red . . . not yellow
14
      Agent Orange —
making friends with all
the dictators
15
      all day fishing not a nibble
we gorge on
goldfish crackers
16
      Amber leaves dance,
Autumn’s brush paints in gold,
Orange whispers fade.
17
      an orange
in my olive tree
king parrot
18
      an orange cloud looms
on the horizon —
sunset or wildfires?
19
an orange orb drops into the sea
a flash of green eludes me still
“Patience” murmurs the sea
20
      Another child born
Amidst tears of joy and gasps
Agent Orange
21
another long-drink
smiling lonely
the orange slice
22
après ski justifies the ski —
soup flies
from an orange tray
23
      Autumn interlude . . .
migrating birds drink in
a pumpkin-spiced moon
24
      autumn leaves
blaze
o r a n g e r
25
      billy collins
begs to differ —
door hinge
26
bitter orange —
I wonder how long
your anger will last
27
      bitter oranges —
in the fall we remember
our first time
28
      blazing orange sky
extinguished by the sea
melds into waves
29
blazing sunrise —
a hooded oriole perches
in reflection
30
      blood orange
the taste
not at all gory
31
      blue moon rising
complementary colour
super satsuma
32
      bomb crater a lone crocus blooms
33
      Buddha Day
the monks pray
in front of the plants
34
      capping our sunset sail orange blue moon
35
Ceduna sunset
all the colours
of orange
36
      childhood memories . . .
the orange cake by mum
for my birthday
37
      childhood summers
the extra tang
of stolen oranges
38
      Christmas moon
inside the persimmon
a bright shining star
39
      Clockwork Orange —
the time
is coming
40
      compassion —
blooming in a vase
the orange tulips
41
conch whispers
for a moment the ocean
is part of mine
42
      conflict-torn town —
dripping from fabricated roofs
liquid orange flames
43
      Cool breeze
Orange colour sky
Sunset
44
      cuckoo song —
in the robin’s nest an orange beak
wide-open
45
cult night on tv —
just a lady in a little black dress
with her ginger cat
46
      daylight savings
the last blood orange
bleeding out
47
desert kiln fires orange peels
48
      disappearing railroad tracks
burnished orange by
the setting sun
49
      Eating an orange
In orange prison jump suit
As the sunsets orange.
50
election year
seeing orange till
i’m blue in the face
51
english channel beach
another migrant lifejacket
trapped in the undertow
52
ennui —
bottom of the bowl
an orange gone soft
53
evening calm —
on the patient’s nightstand
orange segments
54
fading from
grandmother’s memory
the orange blossoms
55
feral
a family of calicoes
watch the sunset
56
      festivities over
a hint of clementine
lingers
57
fifty cents an hour
a bracero takes home
an orange
58
      fighting
over an orange
refugee children
59
      first bite
of the apricot
sunrise
60
      first mating calls
of robins —
zesting the orange
61
      first orange
of the new year
rising sun
62
      first time
by the old orange tree
blossoming
63
      fresh orange
it slides
after a working day
64
freshest scent
aside from spring rain —
newly peeled orange
65
full moon
strippeding an orange
for her birthday
66
galvanized hay barn
dazzles with orange sunburst —
recycling old days
67
giant persimmon
amid the bare branches —
misty sunset
68
      golden hour
squirrel’s tail tangled
in pumpkin vines
69
Grapefruit
is the name of the clown
in the pediatric oncology ward
70
      graphite gray furrows
salmon orange ridges
perfectly plowed sunset
71
      harvest —
playing catch
with a butternut squash
72
      he squeezes the toe
of his Christmas stocking
an orange again
73
      heat warning —
the forecaster wears
an orange dress
74
      hen run towards
baby hanging close to her breast
a chick and orange
75
      high temps
for winter —
another wildfire
76
      holding memories
lone orange shell
gathers dust
77
      homegrown oranges —
the apricity touched
my citrusy palm
78
hot rays of February sun
sparkle on blue pink yellow green orange sequins
Taylor Swift concert goers
79
hovering lightly
above bright orange pistils
rapid wings delight
80
      hues of orange
a love language
of red and yellow
81
In a golden dawn
Ships a-sail toward the land
An orange progress
82
      in bloom
the curve of a tulip
traces her hips
83
in homeland
the sun is still shining
like an orange
84
      in the orange grove
we kiss
lips full of zest
85
in the red
jumping orange
from teenage
86
into the sunset . . .
an orange ball skates
on thin ice
87
      juicy fingers . . .
the child learns to peel
ripe persimmon
88
      laughters and grimace
the picked forbidden fruit was
a bitter orange
89
      leaving
a calendula for her
the crow she nursed
90
      Longing for scent
of bitter oranges
people in bombed land
91
      lost in forest —
orange track marker seen
through undergrowth
92
lowering sun . . .
he holds the orange peel
to his eye
93
March fantasy
orange blossoms, a delicate scent
lingering love
94
      menopause . . .
nothing changes under
the orange-peel skin
95
      mid-winter
a whiff of the tropics
as I peel my orange
96
      missing
matching shoes and lipstick
winter puffin
97
      Mix together two
Vibrant colors like the sun
Making something new.
98
      mixed colors
bright yellow and tinges of tangerine
morning sky
99
      Monks in matching robes
Greet morning light
A blaze of orange
100
      monks walk at peace
In their meditation —
orange robes
101
      moon
bright, shiny in my palm
unpeeled orange
102
Morning light
On her side of the table
A peeled orange
103
      naked flesh
syrup drips like blood
murder scene
104
      near rhyme
within range
of orange
105
      not a breath
in the orange windsock —
still the kestrel soars
106
not feeling guilty
for global warming
orange equinox
107
      Not primary
Not binary
In Wow between
108
      ochre moon:
low-hanging fruit
109
      old age
the bright colours
of sunset
110
old age home
the caretaker picks
a ripe orange
111
      orange
juice flowing
sweet kiss
112
      Orange
that final shade
of maturity .
113
      Orange
trees grow wild
Florida
114
      orange — spring flowers reflexion
115
Orange — sun captured dew drops
116
orange blossom sweet
tall mountains in the distance
spring has arisen
117
orange bottle
tossed on a green sea
where to from here
118
orange crescent
drowned in the lake
universe in a glimpse
119
      Orange delight —
In a Christmas stocking.
Somewhere a child smiles.
120
orange glow
along the lake shore
her heart thawing
121
      orange glow
how father loved
to watch sunset
122
      orange hat . . .
sunshine follows her
around the garden
123
      orange oranges
could be other way
sometimes, somewhere
124
orange peel
in one strip she slips
out of dress
125
      orange peel
with sugar
mom’s diary
126
      orange peeling
my eyes on the
monkey’s acrobatics
127
orange peels
staying on the crow’s
good side
128
orange robes
she tells me about the baby
with his other love
129
      orphanage . . .
the sun fondles the baby
in the cradle
130
      Osage orange
stain on my fingers
sunspots
131
outlining
the stories we share
orange traffic cones
132
      painted storks
the orangish expanse
in the sunrise
133
      peeling
an orange in the sun
my ski jacket off
134
peeling
his hunger
an orange
135
peeling an orange
all those sweet moments
with my mother
136
      peeling orange
her first pregnancy
nonuplets
137
      peeling oranges . . .
the thought after
an afterthought
138
Perseids . . .
the orange orchard
she never had
139
      pie in the sky
for each refugee child
a slice of orange
140
pink orange scarlet
streaking fill morning’s sky
rosy fingered dawn
141
      playing make believe
a child lost in fantasy
in the orange trees
142
      promises of peace
peeling a blood orange
with one hand
143
racemes of orange
race into the veranda —
La Niña daybreak
144
Receding at 7,
The biggest I’ve ever seen —
This “eye of heaven.”
145
      red-orange sky
a titmouse’s tiny tweet
says goodnight
146
      reflection of
setting sun
in granny’s eyes
147
      refugee camp —
an orange passes from
hand to hand
148
roadkill —
the pumpkin
falls from the truck
149
roadside ditch
bunches of free day lilies
a copperhead
150
      rows upon rows
of Seville oranges
bitter sweet memory
151
      saffron-robed
the child monk
plays hopscotch
152
scent of orange
deep in the clouds
his first steps
153
      sharing an orange
in front of the sea twinkling
fragrance of sunset
154
she digs her nails
into the orange peel . . .
his excuses
155
      shimmering in glass
pigment, ink seeking release
waiting for spring bloom
156
      shop orange pyramid
bumping the base
trudge to Giza
157
      Sicily —
oranges peeking out
among the brambles
158
sleek orange fur
our ginger cat
called Brownie
159
      smoky orange
their old carpet
like the sky
160
      southwest inferno
human error
not climate change
161
      spring flowers —
a butterfly dipping his wings in the orange sun rays
162
      spring sunrise greets us
like a glass of fresh squeezed
orange juice
163
springtime mosaic
reds and yellows melding orange
tulip field shimmers
164
      startling
uncle’s henna-dyed beard
now burnt orange
165
street trees in flames
cars trailing long shadows —
golden hour commute
166
Summer coolers
Sugaring the edge off summer
Sticky sweet smiles
167
      summer holidays
discovering childhood
in marigold fields
168
      sun
ripens unbagged fruit
her orange lips
169
      sun tan lotion
on orange skin to mask
sun tan lotion
170
sunrise surprise
two yolks each
in both eggs
171
      sunrise to sunset
an orange-robed mask
smiles the same smile
172
sunset glows
in the reflecting pool —
Aperol Spritz
173
sunset orange horizon
intense green over headlands
shading upward to zenith blue.
174
      sunset sky
orange peel
in my cocktail
175
      sweet sunset sinking
in a beach bonfire’s glare —
chill late-summer nights
176
tangerine  
177
      tangerine puddle
the stare of a wheelchair
child
178
      temple moon —
scent of marigolds
in every prayer
179
      The beauty of her face
He was never this bright
Oranges on the table
180
      the color orange
blares my Pacific Ocean

pointing me to home
181
      the orange
where the sun
come spend the winter
182
      the orange
you left in the icebox
so cold & sweet
183
the orange decade
every photo — an orange hue
the seventies
184
      The orange falls
further than
the apple.
185
the remembrance of your blush
a poem’s orange city lights
first teenage love
186
      the sun’s orange flares
shreds of heat litter the lawn
mid-summer mid-noon
187
vernal equinox
the earth is still blue
like an orange
188
vine-covered limestone
orange honeysuckle walls
fragrance waterfall
189
      watching
wandering stars
— tommy orange
190
      we still remember
the glow of her orange dress
in the cool distance
191
      western clouds
share the sunrise
for just a moment
192
      wet on wet
orange and blue
a rainbow’s end
193
      wildfires
the night sky
crackling orange
194
window frost
wrapped in wax paper
the last orange
195
      winter persimmons
the painting keeps them
in season
196
      winter sunset
the scent of tangerine
fading fast

 

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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