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THF Monthly Kukai Voting Ballot — January 2021

This month’s theme:
optimism

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

       1
20
2021
12:01

2

       88 today
I register for vaccine
at the cancer center

3

       a bull belly deep
in the summer pond
yellow lilies

4

  a fresh year
new hiking boots
waiting in the box

5

  a polytunnel
in late autumn
delayed delivery

6

  across the counter
a tumbler . . .
half-full

7

  after earthquake
the little girl drawing her house

8

  after the storm
hovering over fallen flowers
a butterfly

9

  all along the fence
with his ticketytock stick
a dream-humming boy

10

  always half full moon in my glass

11

  an old man
excitedly talks
on future discoveries

12

  An old man walking
Stomps and drags the fine gravel
Walking to heaven

13

  another vaccine
rolling out
my dusty wings

14

  At crowed swamp —
A baby coot
follow its mother.

15

  at the end
of my nightmare . . .
mother’s smile

16

  baboon mates he reaches to feel her behind paw slapped away

17

  balmy afternoon
not yet spring
grasshopper

18

  blooming lilacs
at the crossroad
a new path ahead

19

  break of dawn
the cat sniffs at
first snowdrop

20

  bulbs buried in fall
push leaves up through frozen dirt —
wishful thinking

21

  burial —
in the fresh snow
round trip steps

22

  cactus flower —
each poem I write
a dressing of a wound

23

  cancer ward . . .
at last the moon decides
to leave

24

  changing winds . . .
the snow-peaks
opening slowly

25

  chemo fog . . .
she plants hyacinths
in winter light

26

  chorus line
a skein of geese
pulling grandma’s yarn

27

  Christmas morning
out of the thick snow
the head of a snowdrop

28

  cold champagne . . .
actually writing
a resolution list

29

  cold morning
in the flight of a swallow
pieces of sky

30

  Come back
the child calls
to the rising balloon

31

  crocus buds I choose hope

32

  December daffodils
shiver in my garden —
yellow coffins

33

  desert sun . . .
the caravans sing
a monsoon song

34

  down east
the murmuring chirps
of winter birds

35

  dreaming sparrow
in the middle of winter
cherry blossom

36

  elderly now
still he plants
an orchard

37

  emergency room
hanging from the doorknob
my foolish smile

38

  even in raindrops
the sun shines through . . .
smiling

39

  every place
is Shangri-la
the first time

40

  finally dawn
first dream of the year
bodes well

41

  first green shoots
of spring —
vaccination appointment

42

  first light
the woodpecker’s
drum roll

43

  flies hatching . . . circles
dappling the surface . . .
another last cast

44

  frosty dawn
my old orchid
shows off her new buds

45

  Full moon bludgeoned me
shining like a well-lit dime
my trash cans glowing

46

  garnishing
the canvas tote
carrot tops

47

  Grandmother’s smiles
The sun overcomes dark
Joy overloaded

48

  gum trees
old bark peeling in the sun

49

  Gypsy psychic
Promising me three good things —
Just twenty bucks

50

  heavy
is a
heartbreak

51

  her gentle sway
enticing spring
daffodil

52

  her last line
no
period

53

  icicles
there
outside my window
a pansy

54

  January 15th
I’m still true to my
New Year’s resolution

55

  kaleidobrandscope
kiss, eat, drink, love, buy, fly, smile
all together mood

56

  katydid imago
bursting to sing
this new me

57

  late to work
perfect rain pictures
backup plan

58

  life support . . .
titillating
his foot

59

  lifting spirits
the bittersweet flight song
of a skylark

60

  little memories
eating mud curls and jumping
in puddles

61

  lived amidst
(a)long pandemic
my aged mother

62

  lockdown
a ladybug
on my sleeve

63

  lockdown evening
enough space for a rumba
in our kitchen

64

  low expectations
optimistically
normal’s the new great

65

  meat on the grill —
our dog patiently sits
next to me

66

  meteor
yesterday and today
the same wish

67

  more confident
wearing two masks
her tinder date

68

  my pink glasses
the world smiles
back on me

69

  my reflection
pouring into the gutter
still clings on to me

70

  my writing
slow as that snail
sun tea

71

  new calendar
with clean pages
possibilities

72

  New mirror
the pressure around
my optimism

73

  new year’s day . . .
my gratitude list
lengthens

74

  New Year’s Day —
the calendar
full of promises

75

  New Year’s morning
the look of wonder in
my grandson’s eyes

76

  New Year’s resolution
Whatever Will Be, Will Be
I sing the song

77

  ode to joy
on repeat
vaccination

78

  Of wind and wings
the new day shines.
Let’s start again

79

  on the branch of the tree
fallen in the storm
that damn wren!

80

  opening any-way to light

81

  pandemic blues . . .
and yet the silver line
in her hair

82

  purple sunset
the dancers in wild trance
rushing wind

83

  refugee camp . . .
a wedding sepia photo
in her locket

84

  refugee camp
shrouded by dreams
of early return

85

  rehab session
I’ve still got one he smiles
and hops away

86

  Rose Island . . .
a turtle hatchling
overtaking itself

87

  Rosebud in winter
Blossoming despite the frost
Harbinger of hope!

88

  sawing till dusk
polished table for son
only lineage

89

  seen on our masked walk
a fairy door on a tree —
an entrance for hope

90

  shooting star
actually, I’ll do it
myself

91

  skid row
a Sunday comics kite
flies above the shanty

92

  smiling
kitty waiting
goldfish swimming

93

  snowdrops
out of the ground . . .
sun to come

94

  snowflakes drift
from children’s snow angels
across the village

95

  step by step
the egret
walks on the leaves

96

  Sunflower seeds
turning east, turning west
A storm sprouts bright

97

  suspended
in day fog
the lighted windows

98

  Tears . . . death
rain . . . life
love . . . forever

99

  the leap
from dubious hope
to irrational exuberance

100

  the morning brings light
dark of evening comes early
it is dawn again somewhere

101

  the shearers
strike
. . . a deal

102

  the smallest cacti
bloom largest
fairy garden

103

  there are many ways to get to Rome

104

  third trimester
she knits a blanket
with glee

105

  through an eagle’s feathers . . .
the song of the wind

106

  to do list
persimmon
orchard

107

  twenty twenty-one
starting with the man
in the mirror

108

  under feet
of frozen soil
an acorn awaits

109

  wait, my friend!
below a kingfisher’s branch
ice melts

110

  wheeoo-ti-ti-whee
in the evergreens
the thing with feathers

111

  winter thaw
getting vaccinated
on inauguration day

112

  winter wind
pink balloons tied
to the mailbox

113

  within her pelvis
crib of the universe
sea stone fern dirt earth

 

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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