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THF Monthly Kukai Voting Ballot — July 2023

This month’s theme:
fireworks

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

1812 overture
the concert of illegal
fireworks

2

      4th of July
a veteran dives
for cover

3

      a courtship
of feathered fireworks . . .
peacock proposal

4

      a quiet starburst
camellia petals caught up
by a casual breeze

5

      a riot of colours
leaping into the sky
earthshine

6

      after fireworks
into my child’s fist
a firefly

7

after fireworks
my daughter sets free
a firefly

8

      after the fireworks bedroom silence

9

      after the storm
the fizz of foxgloves
in all directions

10

      Afternoon fire works
Old man speaks about nothing
All noise no substance

11

      afterthoughts stewed
in night’s pitch: sparks
cascading down

12

      all day the drone
of water-bombers
fireworks cancelled

13

      all living beings
planets near & far, extinct
firework poison

14

      as day meets night silent fireworks

15

      at midnight
colorful fireworks in the sky
gift from angels

16

      at the mountain top
infinite dome of fireworks
drift slowly in space

17

autumn bonfire
the last sparks of fireworks
in our embrace

18

      bang
ablaze in the night sky
a bouquet of chrysanthemums

19

      barrage of fireworks
my little girl
asks to go home

20

      bayside fireworks
a Roman candle strobes
an oyster shell

21

      beach bonfire
a dying flame’s
final wave

22

      between me and the stars more stars

23

bomb shelter . . .
when it’s over New Year’s Eve
the child asks

24

      breaking curfew
still worth the fireworks

25

      brighter than stars
from the balcony
brand new world

26

      Bubbly Voices Give Me Delight

27

bursts of color
light up the school’s
broken swing sets

28

      canvas of darkness
the night sky bleeding
rivers of fire

29

      children
writing their names
with sparklers

30

      cloudy 4th of July —
on the porch hidden from the rain
a bunch of fireflies

31

      Cold wind blows hard from the North
Dry wood all around me
Fire works

32

colour explosion
in the garden
nature’s fireworks

33

      colours of fire
a little child inside me
like before

34

consolation prize
holding a match
to the sparkler

35

      constant cracks —
from the fireworks
or another shooting?

36

      country vacation
kids woken by the sound
of airbombs

37

      crackers . . .
while cracking
crackers

38

      dazzling sparks
across the darkening sky
child’s first fireworks

39

      distant fireworks
just enough for me
backyard fireflies

40

      distant rumbling
fireflies flit around
in dense jungle

41

      divorce party . . .
she lights the fuse
on a firecracker

42

      Diwali lights
childhood crackers
greener tonight

43

      Dogs panic
run away from home
July 4th

44

      dousing
the fireworks in her eyes
tears

45

drones
environmentally friendly
fireworks

46

enjoying
the cancelled fireworks
thunder and lightning

47

      eye to eye
across the room
fireworks

48

      facing the crowd,
a thousand fireworks
skyward eyes

49

      false dawn
nature’s fireworks
a meteor shower

50

      feeling fireworks —
neurons flicker and fade
into darkness

51

      fiery words
ignite the night sky
false celebration

52

      fingers that caress
set our bodies on fire
fireworks of the heart

53

      firecrackers
into cement mixer
kids join the strike

54

      fireworks …
a bonsai bougainvillea’s
pink petals
pirouette

55

      fireworks . . .
a humpback whale’s song
almost drowns

56

      fireworks
after
fireworks

57

      fireworks at midnight
my dream becomes technicolor

58

      fireworks at New Year —
birds still singing
in the wee small hours

59

      fireworks —
beer froths down the sides
of the raised mug

60

fireworks below —
on the mountaintop
a flash of silence

61

      fireworks blossom
above upturned faces
little dog cowers

62

      fireworks
celebrating with pomp
the pollution

63

      fireworks display
queueing for our place
in the stars

64

      fireworks eclipse
the thunder moon
a child’s shout for more

65

fireworks exploding
to the music’s rhythm
poetry in motion

66

      fireworks
grandma searching
her spectacles

67

      fireworks
hugging
the trembling dog

68

      fireworks
in a nursing home
wet cheeks

69

      fireworks —
kaleidoscope
lost again

70

      fireworks
letting go my
expectations

71

      fireworks
lighting
my dog’s fuse

72

      fireworks on the lake . . .
after the show
the moon stays

73

fireworks:
one rose blazes bright
as another fades

74

      fireworks —
our cat is looking for
our company

75

      fireworks
playing peekaboo
with my dog

76

      fireworks rising
snowflakes falling
night show begins

77

      fireworks show
the light in his eyes
as he looks at . . . her

78

      Fireworks
the gold and purple sun
fell into the waters

79

      fireworks . . .
the joy of succeeded students
scattered

80

      fireworks
trying to remember
who lit the match

81

      first dewdrops
the sun bursts open
a new nebulae

82

      First shoot
in to the midnight sky
ring in the new year

83

      flower seeds
explode skywards
fireworks

84

      flowerpot —
grandma’s laugh
lights the sky

85

      for a moment
the darkness sparkles —
fireworks

86

      Gen Alpha —
my grandson says no
to fireworks

87

Glowing embers weep,
Silent echoes paint the dark,
Lost souls in the flames.

88

      graduation day
the sparks and sparkles
of daughter’s joy

89

      grandma’s bent back
the sparks fly
from the stove

90

green leaves
protect from falling sparks
the stargazer

91

      household fireworks
the kids room
tightly shut

92

how you
light the darkness
matariki

93

      human-made shooting stars —
handwritten wish lists
sent to the sky — fireworks

94

Independence Day
fire flowers
over the harbor

95

      instead of fireworks an egret’s open wings

96

      invisible fireworks
our house
always faces away

97

      It’s 4th of July
Boom boom boom boom boom
boom boom
My poor puppy shakes

98

journey’s end
fireworks still unfinished
Titanic sinks

99

      july celebration our little dog hides under the bed

100

      July rainstorm
the sky booming open
lit by thunder’s fireworks

101

      late night out —
conflict triggers
a chain reaction

102

      late-night garden tryst
above us, chrysanthemums
exploding

103

      Leonid Shower
the fireworks last from
dusk till dawn

104

      lonely evening
the fireworks
of autumn leaves

105

      midnight sparklers
to whom
I turn to

106

midnight toasts
the sound of fireworks
from an upstairs bedroom

107

      monsoon caresses
nakedness of sprouted buds
dewy flower fire

108

      my father and beloved in the same room fireworks

109

      my nervous rescue dog
sleeps soundly
silent fireworks

110

my son has passed
at last . . .
fireworks

111

      national anthem
forgetting her Alzheimer
she hums
fireworks

112

      Newborn baby’s cry
Butterfly from a cocoon
Parents’ hearts light up like fireworks

113

      newsreader
a spark of fury
within her, within me

114

      no more fireworks —
eco-friendly drones
will light up our skies

115

      Orangery hues
of patterned splinters falling.
Swirling fireworks.

116

outliving
soaring sparkles —
little mud lamps

117

      overarching noise
refugee’s first July 4th

118

      patterns in the sky
fading away
mother’s last knitting

119

      punched up sky
raining sparkles
into wide eyes

120

      rainy fireworks
among black umbrellas
rainbow butterfly

121

      rockets
on July 5th
my red glare

122

senior years
all the fireworks
in Ixoras

123

      small town fireworks . . .
the synchronous release
of gasps

124

      

smoke shroud
after the bang
star
light

125

      snap, crackle, pop
under the bed
dog hides

126

      soft rising whoosh
EXPLODE EXPAND DAZZLE
falling ash

127

      sparking
his PTSD
fireworks

128

      sparkler night air fills with sulphur

129

      Sparklers twirling
Spelling our names in cursive
In the inky-black night

130

sparkles . . .
first seconds of
his fatherhood

131

      Spring festival —
the distant rumble
of the first fireworks

132

starless night
lighting up our eyes
white chrysanthemums

133

      Stood up too quickly
The world goes dark
Eyelid fireworks

134

      summer night —
above the fireworks,
a smiling moon

135

      talking to the dog
about life
after fireworks

136

      terracotta tubri . . .
pain pleasure
pleasure — pain

137

the breezy dance of
Chinese peacock butterfly
such soft fireworks

138

      The distant boom Illuminates horizon With neon rain

139

the fairy tale
she never told . . .
fireworks

140

      the oohs and aahs
at July’s display . . .
dahlias

141

      the summer season
wedding fireworks again
for someone else

142

      There will be fireworks
If there are no fireworks
On festival days

143

thoughts in summertime . . .
fireworks stirred with the stars
ballfield of my youth

144

      thunder rockets
plugging our ears
for the grand finale

145

      tourmaline granules
sprinkled over the boat’s wake
the 4th of July

146

      unable to tell
bombs from fireworks
shivering dog

147

      waiting for the fireworks
blanket wet with dew
goosebumps on her little legs

148

      watching fireworks
at a distance
alone in a new city

149

      What was that up there?
Way up there in the night sky —
So you’re there — I’m here!

150

when gunshots
became fireworks
child soldiers

151

      whoosh after whoosh
into the night sky —
exploding pyrotechnics

152

      winter dawn
a train date with fireworks —
nature breaks the ice

153

      you prepare the fireworks
I’ll find
a Palladian window

154

      Zooming around . . .
we still watch the fireworks together
with our Dad

 

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!

 

This Post Has One Comment

  1. Appreciating the number of entries here questioning fireworks celebrations not only because of the fear they cause animals and birds, but due to environmental concerns.

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