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Last Chance to Vote in the November 2023 THF Monthly Kukai

This month’s theme:
giving thanks

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 figure saunters
stars behind whisked clouds
thanks leave our throats

2

      a leaf falls —
thankful for the beauty
of naked trees

3

      a thankful prayer
for the one left
— dog poop bag

4

      a thanks
too little too late
eulogy

5

a turkey drawn
on the steamed window . . .
Thanksgiving day

6

after rain
All thanks appear
blooming land

7

      after the windblast
two pockets full
of ripe walnuts

8

apartment building
hall full of cooking smells and
chorused amens

9

      around the table
passing bread
made with love

10

      aurora sunset . . .
my gratitude woven
into autumn colors

11

      autumn aurora
wisps of mist on the river —
gratitude is king

12

      back for Thanksgiving
layers of fallen leaves
conceal the driveway

13

      bird feeder
all empty
squirrels giving thanks

14

      Birthdays long ago
Red carnations
Too late to thank

15

      Blood filled dew drops fall
Basho’s ghost creeps lonely halls
Winter approaches

16

      bowed heads
the silence whispers
for the gift of life we . . .

17

      budding camellia —
caressing once again
this baby bump

18

      bunch of roses
unexpected —
house of mirth

19

      cancer screening
my first breath —
after testing negative

20

      ceasefire —
across the border
a double rainbow

21

      Children’s day Celebration
Street child’s
Sparkling eyes

22

chirping parrots
around the bird feeder
morning routine

23

      cleaning the baby’s
face and toes
a feral kitten

24

      closing prayer
on the yoga mat
a praying mantis

25

      cold moon
a homeless man’s blanket
wraps the stray

26

      cold moon . . .
to warm a winter moon
share the light

27

      cold noodles
beyond my schoolbooks —
my unspoken gratitude

28

      Contented hands reach from the crib
As the bedroom is softly illuminated

29

dandelions . . .
in my folded hands
a fulfilled wish

30

      day moon
I celebrate one more
birthday

31

      Dear Supreme Being,
giving Thanks for all You’ve done,
wishing to know You.

32

      deep breath — and
I close my eyes at
the Lilac

33

      deep the reed bows
before it straightens up
one of many days

34

      Desert dawn palette
Tribal elder sings and chants
To the rising sun

35

      down on hairy knees
the camel gives thanks without
thinking about it

36

      downpour
an amen sigh
for a tarp

37

      dusty road —
my gratitude to the
greenery

38

      dying dog
sipping the bit of water
feeble wag

39

      Earth’s cycle of thanks
like spring rains filling the sea
Threatening always

40

      empty bowl
the depth of
a beggar’s bow

41

      evacuation —
a thank-you note
written with ashes

42

      fall foliage
pumpkin patches
in season

43

      family gathering
memories of childhood grace
in Dad’s broad Scots

44

      fiddlehead ferns
the shape
of my gratitude

45

      finally, her cold hands
on my warm forehead —
winter solstice

46

      first frost . . .
he crackles a request
write my eulogy

47

      flood of gratitude
the spirit freed
from the mask

48

      food pantry Friday
tears of thanksgiving fill
a single mother’s eyes

49

for the crows and sky
the scent of fresh hunter grass
I am so thankful

50

      free meal —
a heart drawn on a napkin
for the chef

51

      giving nothing
by way of thanks, captain
nice fright

52

      giving thanks
at every orbit . . .
autumn moon

53

      giving thanks
for what we get
giving in turn

54

      giving thanks
grandma is confident
with new walking stick

55

giving thanks
with his tail
— rescue dog

56

Giving Tuesday . . .
a homeless shares crumbs
with mourning doves

57

      grateful for
the sunshine of oranges in winter —
marmalade

58

grateful that
with my poor eyesight
I see the soul

59

      gratitude —
I sweep the floor
in prayer

60

      gratitude like a lightning
eternity will never know
we’ve parted

61

      gratitude . . .
the cat’s purr
fills my lap

62

      gratitude —
they name the baby
after the doctor

63

      Half eaten cookie
the currency of love
at the nursing home

64

      hand-written letter —
from the corner office
to my mentor

65

      harvest cornucopia
giving abundant in need
satisfaction

66

      harvest moon —
decorated with fresh fruit
a village church

67

      he walks towards me
arms outstretched
as tears flow

68

      healing the breach
the smell of pumpkin pie
on mother’s cheek

69

      her flock of turkeys
and she will have a vegan
Thanksgiving again

70

      her knife makes a cross
on the bread
before slicing

71

her Tapback heart
touching mine

72

      his war on his cap
the old vet
giving thanks

73

      horn of plenty . . .
overflowing with
handwritten notes

74

      humble boiled peas
and beans
amen

75

      i smile
stray cat
purring next to me

76

      Imagine the geese flying south
Honking
Thanks thanks thanks

77

      immediacy —
recognition of help
not a hug not smile

78

      In dismal solitude. Does time fall. In loneliness thanks

79

      in the birdfeeder
extra sunflower seeds
the squirrel bows

80

      in the city —
feeling grateful
for my shoes

81

it happened again
i woke up
hot damn!

82

      Last drink of nectar,
then the hummingbird flies south,
whizzing by my head.

83

      liberating
an entangled puppy
licks galore

84

      little Ganesha
under the spreading banyan
a shower of thanks

85

      marsh warbler
ushers in the morning
giving thanks

86

      midnight prayer
weaving her gratitude and
long list of pleas

87

      mom lifted
herself up to sitting
gratitude list

88

      mom’s recipes
without her this year
thanksgiving dinner

89

Morning coffee brews,
Autumn whispers in the air,
Day unfolds gently.

90

      mushrooms . . . thanks

91

      my dry field
for every tear of sky
giving thanks

92

      my first walk . . .
i become a walking stick
for his last

93

my leftovers
for a sunflower . . .
her urchin grin

94

      my shadow
caressing the grass
wheelchair walk

95

      namaste
i bow to the one
within

96

      Native people help
Pilgrims find solace with them
This must last forever

97

      nightly visits
gazing at the stars
cornucopia of light

98

      nursing home
the warmth of a visit
from a distant son

99

      old mother
from the window of the house
hand of thanks

100

      old rocking chair . . .
the burp of a newborn
in granny’s ear

101

      one in seven
mammogram results
no indication!

102

      open air theatre
the backdrop for many
childhood productions

103

      orange dahlia
I thank him for noting
my luckless prayer

104

      Our window of hope:
The sunlight bounced off the wall,
Hope is still around

105

      Pink chemo hat with sequins.
Short hair peeking out.
Thankful survivor.

106

      post divorce
. . . new home
new start

107

      receive with the right hand
engraved with a smile
thank you . . .

108

Red Moon
the last meow of our cat
soundless

109

      repaying a kindness
rosebuds tucked
within each page

110

      saved willow
the morning after the storm
weaves a melody

111

      saying grace —
the little girl
bursts into song

112

      scorching noon
a homeless man
thanks every cloud

113

      see with new eyes —
I close my eyes

114

      sensing Shiki’s shadow is upon the wall I write with reverence

115

      shirtless
revealing its fullness
tonight’s rain

116

      so glad
I’m not a turkey
November moon

117

      solitude
giving thanks to the moon
that he is next to me

118

storm swept over us
no trees crashed down, no flooding
safe and dry. For now

119

      Sudden cranes in my yard.
I’m lifted on wings.
November.

120

      Surround her with love.
Hold those life-wrinkled hands close.
They let you soar free.

121

      Thank you full moon!!!
you light my path
when darkness engulfs me . . .

122

thank you very much Santa whoever you are

123

      thankful for
a warm loaf of bread —
supper moon

124

      thankful
for all I don’t have
world’s gone mad

125

      thankful
for being aware
mortality

126

      thankful for each splash
of finch song . . .
I leave the bird bath brimming

127

thankful for
one burnt ochre leaf
in my pocket

128

      thankful for secret
Thanksgiving ingredients —
imperfect produce

129

      thanksgiving . . .
a fortunate mistake
brings them joy

130

      thanksgiving
another turkey
gets elected

131

      Thanksgiving dinner
a family recipe
for disaster

132

      Thanksgiving leftovers
giving thanks
again

133

thanksgiving night
calling each star
my lucky one

134

      Thanksgiving
over thankful for
the silence

135

      thanksgiving
to the womb in her,
in me

136

the last of kitchen prep scraps
for the compost —
distant crows caw

137

      The light of his gaze
In me
Forever

138

      to each falling leaf
for the shade, no longer needed,
for letting go — thanks

139

      transplant . . .
I kneel
at his grave

140

      twilight sunshower —
the pharmacist brings home
the widow’s “thank you”

141

      twilight
turn me around
sun’s first light

142

      two words
larger than all blossoms —
thank you

143

      Ukraine and Gaza —
to whom are they giving
their thanks?

144

      waking up
after surgery
wordless gratitude

145

      waking up to the dove nest shadow on my shade

146

      war refugees —
a stray dog gives up
to his piece of bread

147

      whichever way . . .
the birch half yellow
or half green

148

      wind sweeps away
the angel feather clouds
she knows me tonight

149

      Worshipping the sun
Resplendent on the garden bench
Grateful rescue dog.

 

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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