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THF Monthly Kukai Voting Ballot — June 2023

This month’s theme:
daylight

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 cold wind in June:
Canadian smoke
in an orange sky

2

      a crack of daylight
deep in the mine
tommyknockers

3

a nightingale’s song . . .
ripples of light
on the curtains

4

      a summers long day
stretches the windows open
high to catch a breeze

5

      after a bad dream
brings the new daylight
a wake-up call

6

      after dreaming
the sun warms my back
— how tall I am

7

      after the rain
through the muscled wind
first day light

8

      an old card
under the glass case
winter light

9

at first daylight
garden birds bring an aubade
farewell, my love

10

babbling
from the baby’s room
greeting daylight

11

      beams of daylight
through the forest canopy
thrush’s song

12

      beams through the roof alight in dust

13

bedroom window
delicate blossoms open
filled with daylight

14

      Beetles
Hiding in the grass
Daylight

15

      before dawn
goldfinch calling out
the light

16

      between
dream & deep sleep
daylight

17

      blue skies
a welcome reprieve
from smoke

18

      bottle cap sun
the first drop
of rain

19

      broad daylight
stain by stain the stream washes
slaughterer’s axe

20

      buried in broad daylight the coffin shop without windows

21

      burning daylight —
a calf grazes leisurely
a tree’s shadow

22

      carrying
sunshine in her arms
the flower vendor

23

cloudless sky
under the wings of birds
wandering summer

24

      clouds and sunshine
on the mountain
shifting shadows

25

cockcrow
mist
starts lifting

26

crack of dawn
still there
the barbed wire

27

creeping over my covers
daylight
and a hungry cat

28

      creeping slowly
up the mountain
autumn dawn

29

      dappled light
a wash hangs
between tenements

30

dappled light —
scattered
thoughts of you

31

dawn mist —
a slice of light
the gulls caw

32

      dawn sun
the rustle of a physalis husk
being opened

33

      dawning —
images in the sketchbook
becoming blurred

34

      day light . . . early bird
wakes as the night owl
nods off

35

day lilies sparkle in the daylight

36

      day moon
hiding in
broad daylight

37

      day moon
the long stares
at smart screens

38

      daylight
another line incised
on the cell wall

39

      daylight
between twin peaks
obliterated

40

      daylight breaks
cracking open eggs
for breakfast

41

      Daylight dances
On walls, on floor, on ceiling
Solar Fred Astaire

42

      Daylight even in the evening

43

      daylight fighting his depression in vain

44

      daylight fights for rest
shadows of the trees tell all.
whispering sunset.

45

daylight glow . . .
the random friendliness
of an old man

46

      daylight . . .
her first stroll
after divorce

47

      daylight hours —
the way she gleamed
on the dance floor

48

      daylight
I am present
when a dandelion opens

49

daylight
I gather all the silence
I can

50

      daylight
in her cupped palms
wilting parijaat

51

      daylight
in the sunflower blooms
a turmeric sky

52

daylight —
many more worlds
in the morning dew

53

      Daylight on
Sun hugs
a drop of sweat

54

      daylight pops
reaching a crescendo
kookaburras

55

      daylight savings —
missing birdsong
to catch the sun

56

      daylight savings —
moving the clock back
only the dog is happy

57

      daylight savings
the jingle of change
in my pocket

58

      daylight seeps into
the depths of the dark woodland
shadows come alive

59

      daylight
through the rubble
voices

60

      daylight
to its heart’s content
a lily

61

daylight . . .
waits for us
to awaken to it

62

      Daylight whispers soft,
As nature awakes from sleep
Basho’s muse takes flight.

63

      daylight’s finger
tracing around the shape
of our survival

64

day-lit meadow
former flower girls
marry each other

65

dew underfoot
the night’s anxiety fades
in the morning sun

66

disability
even the sky contemplates
from one only eye

67

      dreaming in daylight
of you
and who you once were

68

      dusk goes lavender
hills leach yellow light from day’s
enfeebled fingers

69

Each day is born
bring unique fresh dawn
darkness within gone . . .

70

eased
into daylight
by the cuckoo

71

      entering daylight
the gradual dispersal
of a shared dream

72

      fading daylight what the hospice window knows

73

      fireflies flicker
against a dark sky — vanquished
by the morning sun

74

first light
among the rubble
plum blossoms

75

      first light
reflects on waves
final arc

76

      first ray of sun
hummingbird dive bomb
abruptly awake

77

      fluttering sun
on water —
ripples.

78

garbage day
the nurse is talking to us
about daylight

79

      Gloom recedes
Birds sing
I want to go home

80

      grey veiled sky
daylight diminished
smoke from distant fires

81

      haiku reading
at a canalside tavern
the ducks faintly white

82

      her inner gloom
broad sun rays’
deep thwart

83

how lonely . . .
susurrus of daylight
in the bamboo grove

84

      in broad daylight
all those things that happened
only in night

85

in darkness a song —
unseen, a bird announces
the first light

86

      in daylight
a poppy blooms
just enough to remind us

87

      in such a rush
we miss the flowers
wasting daylight

88

      in the daylight
there is not a star
except you, my love

89

      judging the light is first
and then standing up
to begin the morning

90

      koel calls
the casuarina
fringing dawn

91

      last mourner gone
only shafts of daylight
. . . and dust

92

      loneliness
stalled for an hour
daylight saving

93

      longest day
unexpected soon the call
of evening bells

94

      marsh morning
a sparrow’s song opens
pampas grass

95

      medicine box
on mom’s lap . . .
endless daylight

96

      mexican wave
of birdsong
morning circles the earth

97

mid-spring sun
a snail also
hidden

98

      missing the stars
in the night sky
only daylight now

99

      monsters hidden
between sun-drenched leaves . . .
until night

100

      more daylight
over the hill, the meadow
more than we need

101

      morning fog –
a symphony
of greyscale

102

      morning light
enters the attic —
dust particles

103

      morning light hums
dreams dance in dawn’s shadow
young hearts sing

104

      Morning News,
Ugly truths shown
in light of day.

105

      mornings after
a rosy blush deepens
on the horizon

106

      Nearing mid summer
Queasy in bed by lime light
No right time to sleep

107

      Never disturbed
By daylight
Inner light

108

      night flicked away
a cygnet peeps out
from maternal feathers

109

Nightdark
Should be its
Opposite

110

      nightmares
my dreams avoided
seen in daylight

111

      out of coma
all the new shades
of the daylight

112

penetrating
layers of photosynthesis
beaming sun

113

      pigeon stroll
with every peck
a rainbow

114

      Pink ballet slippers
Dawn is my dance partner
Our rhythm charms clouds

115

polar midsummer —
midnight is bathed
in daylight

116

      rainy night
a guard sips coffee
under a daylight bulb

117

      rays of sun
through clouds
of wildfire

118

      roadside tea stall
empty paper cups
full of gossips

119

      shucked corn
heaped in the truck
daylight

120

      shutters clattering open
above the cobblestone
daybreak

121

      sit with me
in early daylight
smiling mountain

122

sleeping
through you
shortest day

123

      smoke filled sky
the daylight sun turns
sunset red

124

      solace
in a buttercup
dissolving shadows

125

      spring daylight . . .
stretching to include
the moon

126

      spring sunshine . . .
a glimmer of mischief
in her hazel eyes

127

stirring at first light
undercover of cedars
doe slips from her fawn

128

stolen moments
sunlight sneaking
through Venetian blinds

129

      story time . . .
grandma’s broken chair
slips her into tears

130

      summer heat —
in the poppy field
ZzzzzzzzzzzzzzZ

131

      summer sun
watering the garden
with a rainbow

132

      Sun br eA k s
the top off
Mount Wachusett
shadows on the >>>>>

133

      Sun falls slant
On the many browed hills
in fine lines of light

134

      sun forgets to leave
leafy branch with bated breath —
damsel in daylight

135

sun is shining
between the folds
of absence

136

      sun streaked sky
silver sheen of an airplane wing

137

      sunlit bees
dance on the hive’s ledge . . .
the crowd gets excited

138

      sunrise
beneath the curtains
light scribbles the floor

139

      sunrise coffee
two women chat
about nothing

140

      sunshine washed over
her face melting the freckles
bittersweet is the tan

141

Sweet dawn
parting kiss to Night
Blooming Lotus Buds

142

      the clang and caw
of temple bells
sunrise om

143

      the day is coming
crickets and peepers stop their
noisy battle

144

      the day’s last breath inhaling color

145

      the dragonflies
have got it
all zipped up

146

      the end of the night
more and more daylight in
the patient’s mirror

147

      the long dormant bloom
of a sacred lotus . . .
daylighting the creek

148

      The morning sunrays
bring a new day, ev’ry day
Strapped on its shoulders

149

      the scope of the universe
galaxies of dust
in a pocket of sunlight

150

      the silent dawning of a sparrowhawk’s silhouette

151

      the siren call of birdsong first light

152

      the sun . . .
an explosion of light
at dawn

153

the sun is up
insignificant bits float
on the light

154

      they say
adjust the clock
. . . save daylight

155

      This bright morning
the leaves of the peace plant
are suncatchers.

156

this extra daylight
leaving me feeling so much
more unproductive

157

      this she knows for sure
real magic begins at night
daylight brings the peace

158

      transatlantic call
putting daylight
between us

159

      Tuesday five a.m.
Sunlight’s blushing appearance
Peeking through gray clouds

160

two dancing shadows disappearing in the daylight

161

unexpected the trills of a crow breaking dawn

162

      unsighted
awaiting
daylight warmth

163

      up in smoke
all along the coast
burning daylight

164

      wall to wall blue sky
Earth approaches Equinox
while bombs fall in Kyiv

165

      watching sunrise
waiting
watching sunset

166

      Watching the sunrise
He flagged down a breeze called Spring
Next stop, the solstice

167

Wearied frOm travel
The small bird returns tO me
Over and over again

168

wee hours
a black bird chirping dawn
on my mirror

169

      whispering roses . . .
their true colors are exposed
in the daylight

170

whose shelter
needs no
cover
daylight brings water

171

yellow sunlight
birch trees
spin themselves dense

 

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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