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THF Monthly Kukai Voting Ballot — May 2022

This month’s theme:
blossoms

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 blossomed twig
taps against the window . . .
mom still in coma

2

      a few of them
drifting toward the delta
magnolia petals

3

a late frost, tulips
(and other aspirations)
nipped in the bud

4

      a rose blooms
my son laughs
in the morning

5

      a shower
shaped from petals
spring breeze

6

abandoned garden
magnolia blossoms fill
the missile crater

7

      after he left
his bouquet of red roses
in silence

8

      after winter ice
flowers blossom —
bombs don’t melt

9

      afternoon heat . . .
the air flavored
in lavender

10

      against
the decaying apple —
blossoms

11

      all this
ridiculous industry
tangle of wisteria

12

      always
beyond beauty
hanami

13

apple blossom
supplanted for mischief
bomb makers

14

      apple blossom breeze
moonlight
trickles
down

15

      apple blossoms . . .
could anyone really
blame them

16

apple blossoms
near the stone chapel
my father’s grave

17

      April
cherry blossoms
await wakeup call

18

      April first
four-inch turkish weed towel
covers the lawn

19

      as cherry petals fall
the moonlit river
blossoms pink

20

      as if it could hurt
even a little
cherry blossom

21

      as the rain starts
falling the cherry blossoms
start falling

22

      at the window
a soundless pink knock
dogwood blossoms

23

      at the window
an apple blossom breeze
whispering sweet nothings

24

      balmy night
heady scent of jasmine
braiding her hair

25

      beetles eat the moonflower all day long

26

      birdfoot violets . . .
striving to tread
lightly on this Earth

27

      bitter spring
peace talks scattered
with the blossom

28

blossom beauty
ends on the street

29

blossom
but no cherries
maiden aunt

30

blossomed wild cherry
between the lines of the letter
mother’s perfume

31

      blossoming cherry tree
beyond words

32

      blossoms gone
thirty pounds of honey
for the winter

33

      blossoms
my first thoughts
about you

34

      blossoms
the distant hum
of a birthday song

35

      blue poppies
her birthstone
was sapphire

36

      bonsai blossoms all in one white-ish line

37

      Brazilian summer . . .
petals of my verses
her floral robe

38

      bud
buds buds buds
crocuses

39

      buds swell and,
splitting, release their
larger selves

40

      Chartreuse winks and pops —
Spring on her tiptoes pushes
her bud green blooms out!

41

      cherry blossoms
i count the seconds in
the radium room

42

      cherry blossoms
linked to my heart
that giddy feeling

43

      cherry blossoms pink
yellow-gold sun on green grass
tree of state mauled

44

      cherry
goose
blossoms
poop

45

      comatose trees
colour bursts of life seen
eyes now Open

46

      dark blossoms . . .
the words marked
in yellow

47

      death threat
the nectarine produces
its first bud

48

      Delicate Blossoms,
frozen in icy winter,
Bitter old age.

49

      dogwood blossoms
a plastic bag of crap
makes me laugh

50

      drifting blossom
the smooth surface
of a child’s hand

51

dust settles
on the bouquets . . .
silver wedding

52

      early evening
the first few blossoms
land in my lap

53

      elegant petals
beneath the tropical sun
smile at cloudy sky

54

      end of war —
cherries in the cemetery
all bloomed

55

      every fragility
in full light . . .
poppies

56

      fading blossom
when her answer
was just a smile

57

      falling
almond blossoms
a little more sky

58

      falling leaves, falling blossoms, and so on and so forth

59

      falling too quickly
cherry blossoms
crushed in the rubble

60

      family photo . . .
among wilted blooms
fresh blossom

61

      far from war . . .
a keenly unique birdsong
among the blossoms

62

      fertilizing minds
in a silicone valley
ideas blossom

63

      finally silence
on both sides of the bridge
wives with flowers

64

      first blossoms
my baby voices
mama

65

      first lilac bloom
our teenager tells us
she’s turning goth

66

      first pregnancy
time for her
to blossom

67

      First the smell
Then the weeping cherry blooms
Then the bees

68

      first time
trying makeup,
spring blossom

69

      flower moon
in the tree’s silhouette
a Magnolia blossom

70

      forever right now
a twirling petal drifts in
cherry blossom time

71

      forgetting who I am you call me blossom

72

girl’s eyes
among the blossoms
orchard in Donbas

73

      head
over heels
blossoms

74

      hearing
rape of the bud for ages
courtroom

75

her gifted blossoms . . .
now i seek the company
of thorns

76

Hopes spring eternal
Each year cherry blossoms
April winds and they’re gone

77

      How lucky you are
in your consciousness without
thinking and ego!

78

      how soft
your head on my chest
lavender blossoms

79

      illuminating
the paper lantern . . .
white cherry blossoms

80

      imaginary you
this void divided
by cherry blossoms

81

impatient crocus
breaking too soon from the gate
winter bides its time

82

      intoxicated
my head drops over the scent
of dead rose petals

83

      

late spring frivolity
exposed bosoms caressed
by
falling
blossoms

84

      life blossoms
loving each other —
no to wars

85

light ruffled petals
in lavender and shell pink
spiny gnarled branches

86

      lilac blossoms
longing for the little girl
she once was

87

lilies bloom —
through a tilted window
Moonlight

88

      Looking blossomful
gnarly appletrees stand still
for one more snowstorm

89

lupin
small roundness of the buzz
of the bluff rattler

90

      magnolia blossom
the daughter I never had

91

      may breeze —
under the huge blue sky
yellow scent

92

      Mayday
the blackthorn’s sullied
and may not yet out

93

      moon blossoms
his scent on me
the morning after

94

      moonrise
the cherry blossoms’ silence
deepens

95

      no mud, no lotus
thich’s peace planet
in pain, let’s
love more than ever

96

      Not many to admire
the wild blossoms
with sweet unique fragrance . . .

97

      now that I’m older
I have no words to describe
the blossoms

98

      nursery blossoms
— for every child
a different nurturing

99

      old blossom tree
childhood memories
gets into my room

100

      one bee forages
where white blossoms had been
snows of yesteryear

101

      one little kiss
now her mother too
smells like a flower

102

      opening to life
a bud in the sun
first kiss

103

      orange blossoms
memories of youth
waft back

104

      Outside beckoning
Waiting until the right time
The flower unfurls

105

      park blossoms . . .
my phone poised
for the best flurry

106

peach blossoms
a new voice
in the church choir

107

peach blossoms
bearing fruit
how sweet success

108

      peach blossoms
still rowing
toward paradise

109

      Pink magnolia’s
stunning blossoms,
Nature’s remedy.

110

      plum blossom —
she learns the virtue of
perseverance

111

      plum trees
last year’s and next year’s
blossom with today’s

112

      quince blossoms
my mother takes off
her silk headscarf

113

remembering
mom’s wedding dress
plum blossoms

114

      scattered
blossom petals tell
rainy winds tales

115

Scent of warm musk rose
Lingers on evening’s half light
Transient joy

116

      seeing deeply
into the wild violets
the universe

117

snowflakes in springtime
single softly to the ground
cherry blossoms

118

      soft and strong
against spring rain —
wild plum blossoms!

119

      soft light . . .
an unfolding bud
rocking with song thrush

120

      spent blossoms falling softly out of love

121

spring blooming —
blossoming buds
budding blossoms

122

      spring blossoms . . .
young doves coo
amid war sirens

123

      spring
honeysuckle welcome
in my back yard

124

      spring in kindergartens
blinks blossom from winter blues
digging in garden

125

      Spring still holds its breath.
Like us, the budding twig-ends
yearn to be blossoms

126

      spring . . .
the past blossoms
time and again

127

Spring’s beauty blooming
in ambiguous
circumstance

128

      spring’s bloom
basketful of shades
her colored flavours

129

      squash blossoms uncurling sunshine

130

      sunday marmalade
discontent blossoms into
memories of ma

131

tattoo fever —
one more plum blossom
around her navel

132

      temple bells
. . . the scattering
of cherry blossoms

133

      the aftertaste of a remorse neem blossoms

134

      the blossom thief
blows the scent of heaven
around

135

      the fragrance
of a shattered moon
cherry blossoms

136

      the kamikaze
a single blossom lets go
twirling as it falls

137

      The serendipity
of a lush pink magnolia.
Dead end street.

138

      The sky is covered
by pulsating stars — in a dream
cherry blossoms

139

      the squeal
of a peel out
spring blossoms

140

      The sun-kissed
Gulmohar blossoms —
Soul’s delight.

141

      this graveyard in May
thrusting from the greening ground
gray headstones blossom

142

      through
cherry blossoms
the tinkle of her anklet

143

      Tulips a-bloom:
Riotous colors shouting
LOOK HERE! . . . oh, look here

144

      Ukraine —
may apple trees blossom
in peace this month

145

      under a calm sky
plenty of dandelions on
the graves by the road

146

underfoot
the sweet smelling muck
of cherry blossoms

147

      war debris . . .
a softer broom
for cherry blossoms

148

white blossoms
fill the river valley
wild plums

149

wild flowers
refugee girls
spins hula hoops

150

      wildflowers —
the life we live
without excuses

151

      winter
my head putting pink
in the trees

152

      With friends
In the springtime canyons of the southwest
He blossoms

153

      within petals of a blooming bud
I am nectar
unseen and untouched

 

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 5 Comments

  1. Hi, I submitted my poem via submission form but unfortunately unable to find it in the list.

  2. Would it be possible to limit the number of entries? Reading 153 haiku is dizzying.

  3. I submitted a haiku via the designated form well before the May 15 deadline, but it’s not among the 153. 😥 Even if it somehow slipped between the kukai cracks, I realize that if it were added now at slot 154, it would not be anonymous; nevertheless, would you check to see if it actually did come through via the submission form?

    Geoff Pope

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