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THF Monthly Kukai Voting Ballot — May 2024

This month’s theme:
yellow

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
— Why is the haiku yellow!
— Perhaps ‘cause love is yellow?
The other teens seem to nod
2
50°C —
a burnt butterfly
drips sunlight
3
a goldfinch
on a sunflower
kodachrome moment
4
a single rosebud
shows yellow —
we stop bickering
5
a slant of sun
in an old cabin
a type-written death certificate
6
a yellow daisy opens its petals
i hear it whisper
i am no longer solitary
7
a yellow sweater
and a red cap
for my snowman
8
absinthe simmers yellow opacity.
Yellow unashamed in black cauldrons fire
Alchemist avatars of blindness.
Inner voices wail the power of yellow.
Sour dirt churning.
Regenerating in loops apples.
Bled into gold.
Yellow overpowers in newness.
In tears stinking of Sulphur.
Its aroma lingers along the paths of gold.
9
afternoon sun
through the barn doors
dancing dust motes
10
all my worries
then a soft candle’s glow
passing summer night
11
amaltas
crowning streets
a summer show stopper
12
another twilight —
children’s laughter sways through
that same rapeseed field
13
april’s wildflowers
already yellowing . . .
drought
14
as if never before
i saw the yellow . . .
field of sunflowers
15
at once
all the suns i missed
OT lights
16
At sunrise’s gentle kiss,
Grandmother’s smile
greets the sunflowers.
17
below hospice window
yellow crocuses
— an early spring
18
biting joke —
a bee goes away
from me
19
black bird
on a yellow fence
— first cicadas singing
20
blind little girl —
she asks her mother
what does yellow taste like?
21
blooming ragworts . . .
I wash away my broken marriage
again and again
22
branch by branch
a sudden song-burst
of goldfinch
23
bright, sunny smile
old lady flashes her
yellow teeth
24
bringing back
some colour in her cheeks
yellow of early spring
25
Bursts of yellow stars
Dandelions bloom
Bees orbit
26
buttercup —
sunshine scrunched
in a toddler’s fist
27
buttery light
the kitchen flooded
with summer
28
Campfires and dandelions
Sunsets and memories
Summer passes in hazy days
29
captive canary
attracting the attention
of wild birds
30
captive yellow
stretching oilseed rape field —
Summer’s assault
31
Cataract’s veil lifts
Yellow , the first color I saw
A bright dawn
32
Caution! Be careful!
Bright, yellow light. Slow down now!
Too late, bent fender.
33
ceasefire —
a s p r i n k l e of saffron
on the kheer*
 
*rice pudding
34
chin covered
buttercup yellow
he loves me
35
chocolate flowers
my daughter called them “lellow”
she liked their smell too
36
courtroom artist
adds finishing touch
wisp of yellow
37
cowslip meadow once I was spring too
38
cracked sidewalk . . .
a tiny yellow flower
peers at the sky
39
Crisp white wedding dress
Transforms to faded yellow
Stored away for years
40
crunch of toast
melted butter spreads
marigold yellow
41
cups of spicy chai
over bowls of savories —
yellow is falling
42
daffodil . . .
her favorite
my memory
43
daffodils
graveyard spirit’s rise
in springtime
44
daffodils invade
my garden — yellow
everywhere
45
dandelion field —
my toes caress
the sun
46
Dandelion seeds on the breeze
In each the promise
of tomorrow’s sunshine
47
dark sky oasis —
following the yellow line
of the empty road
48
daylilies
how we make
every minute count
49
destroyed house
dressed in yellow
daffodil
50
distance no matter
yellow sunflower loves the sun
in spring breeze
51
double yellow lines
on the highway —
a turtle crosses
52
dressing up for you I borrow the sun’s glow
53
driving to yoga class
disheartening morning news —
a yellow school bus
54
early spring
jonquils nodding
at passersby
55
eclipsing the sun
the moon takes a big bite
leaves a yellow slice
56
evening prayer . . .
a lamp moves across
the neighbour’s window
57
Faded yellow bow
clings wearily to old oak
still hope persists
58
family tree
among the green leaves
a pair of yellow ones
59
farmer’s market
all the different hues
of honey
60
Fawn-limbed and youthful
naked in square morning light,
sparks breathe between glass.
61
first hot day . . .
afternoon sun
dripping with honeysuckle
62
from the widow’s balcony
her yellow canary
serenades sparrows
63
Ginkgo leaves,
rustling of fans
in the autumn sky.
64
gloomy scale
maple leaves yellowing
in the spring
65
goodbye
peace and justice
yellow brick
66
Grass under cloud
A thousand suns — dandelions
Tip sky upside down
67
gray slats freckled by
yellow leaves, the barn begins
its second hundred
68
hailstones
at the migrant center
bruised peaches
69
heaps of clouds . . .
yellow boots splash
in puddles
70
her gaze at the sea
of dandelion blossoms . . .
a turkey’s spread tail
71
I break egg
to make omelette —
sun in the bowl
72
Imagination
Raindrops falling on my head
To drench my scorched skin
73
in february
a yellow butterfly
is not yellow
74
in garden round face of a blooming sunflower
75
In my own garden
yellow crown imperial
rules over flowers
76
in the pond
the sun bejewels
the small frog
77
jet housefly
stars in the fire
of sunbeams
78
june moon
dusting from ripe barley
fireflies
79
last tulip, yellow
petal clinging like a tear
ants do a happy dance
80
lemon —
another fruit
of the Sun
81
lemon meringue pie
so sweet
my teeth hurt
82
lemon sunrise getting ready for market day
83
lemon yellow
in a child’s drawing
the sun smiles
84
letting his friend
take the blame
. . . years later he can’t forget
85
library
the silence of the words
yellowed by time
86
maize field
the boy’s blonde hair
yellows into corn silk
87
melodious notes
entice me to step outside —
yellow warbler riffs
88
mid spring a panoply of yellows
89
misty morning
a yellow ribbon
brings dad back
90
morning blooms
carrying all the potential
yellow school bus
91
morning glow
canaries’ nests awaken
with tweets
92
morning sun
on the daffodils
his chemo completed
93
morning sun
sewing some yellow
into her quilt
94
mother’s passing
a cloud near her window
turns pale
95
mother’s treasure box
yellow feather
of a migrated bird
96
murmur of rain —
in the empty children’s cot
little yellow duck
97
mustard stains —
a high pop fly
with bases loaded
98
new morning sun
rising from the plains
first dandelion
99
nodding daffodil
vin jaune light through lace curtain —
mother’s piano
100
not a dry eye
in the theater
Old Yeller
101
nothing to do
throwing away
yellow coriander leaves
102
ocd
she arranges her mustards
light to dark
103
old black lab
loses the yellow tennis ball
in the dandelions
104
old village road —
mushrooming yellow signs
with the word “CAUTION”
105
Only one egg
I make a bull’s eye
The yellow part is for you
106
orphanage
they point at the sun
for the yellow faces
107
out of the cloud
a yellow warning sign
fog area
108
Overnight, the street
Is carpeted with yellow leaves . . .
Ginkgo trees in November
109
pale sun . . .
yellow flowers elope
with the river
110
phototherapy
my yellow baby exposed
to love and light
111
picture in crayon
of a round yellow sun
moist eyed mum
112
pineapple slice
on a poco grande
tropical sunset
113
poolside
she sinks the yellow ball
into the side pocket
114
pretend wedding
dandelions cupped
in a girls hands
115
ripe pear
the kitchen kettle
sings alto
116
rolling
toward the sewer grate
my yellow marble
117
rotten choices
the bunch of candidates
for banana bread
118
Scented candles
lemon soup dinner
senses you here
119
September calendar,
yellow aspens. In Texas
still coming attraction.
120
signs of spring
tickle their nose
daffodil pollen
121
singing the desert sunrise yellow warbler
122
sixty-eight Plymouth
my muscle car memories
in sunburst yellow
123
sleeveless shirt
on a warm day —
Kowhai flower
124
small yellow bird sings
soft upon cool morning dew
loud crow disrupts peace
125
snoring wind
the daffodil starts to bob
its head
126
Sound of poplar
Yellow light of sun
on canopy
127
spread of yellow field
her blond hair flying freely
among the rapeseed
128
Spring breeze
Swing swinging alone
Tilting dandelions
129
spring willow whips
the yellow green fluttering
a gold finch
130
still warm rain
gathers the sunset
a marigold flower
131
stunning yellow cloud
the remains of the day
on bikini atoll
132
summer sunshine —
driving us to the coast
a yellow school bus
133
Summer’s heat, Idle thoughts
Yellow Rain Boots resting
Dry mud clumps to dust
134
sun bunny
slips through face wrinkles
little fingers
135
sun set
beyond the waters
glistening foam
136
sunflower
a day isn’t long enough
with the sun
137
sunflower field
the color of
a canary’s song
138
sunflower field
with the hat in his hand
the old farmer
139
sunflowers stand tall son
140
sunshine on seagrass —
the turtle path beckons
141
surya namaskar
on golden sands
a golden retriever
142
Swallowtail
Flits among dandelions
Spring
143
the black forest horse
chestnut with a flaxen mane
unison sunset
144
The morning yellow
hiccups into spring — roses
tulips, buttercups
145
the steady spread
of summer in the sky
cassia blossoms
146
the yellow
I love . . .
sunflowers
147
the yellow
of summer
teasing daisy petals
148
the yellow hat transforms chaos to promise
149
the yellow nose
of the big brass bear
a rub for luck
150
the yellow veins
of a red and green leaf
cemetery visit
151
their colour
like brimstones
nearly ripe lemons
152
this narrow path
surrounded by sunflowers
pollen on your pants
153
tinting
the forest breeze
an oriole’s song
154
torrential rain
submerged dandelion
yellow submarine
155
trimming
the sunflowers
solar eclipse
156
turmeric aroma
in the mortar and pestle
glint of a yellow sky
157
unable to stay yellow monarchs
158
under a cloudy sky
blobs of sunlight in the field —
buttercups
159
upcoming elections
a mustard mustache lit up
by the fireworks
160
waiting
for the tide to turn yellow
a livery driver
161
warm turning bitter
she stirs a spoon of mustard
into her kisses
162
wattle down under
reflections of spring
in the billabong
163
Wearing a yellow dress
Sitting in the garden, my mother
Like a beautiful daffodil
164
wild saffron finches
recalling the one
I kept in a cage
165
winter morning
walking my dog
a yellow patch of snow
166
winter solstice
one yellow rose
glows at sunrise
167
writer can’t just change
things in this world
— yellow dandelion
168
Yell (0) W(ing)
169
yellow
isn’t enough
goldfinch
170
Yellow
the Buddhist monk’s
robe
171
Yellow — the sky’s tint,
tornadoes in the distance,
our fear in the spring air.
172
yellow beams, burst through grayness, finally
173
yellow butterflies
living caps on the pileworts
in the meadow
174
yellow catkins
bluebells
white winged butterflies
175
yellow dandelions
the fields shaped
by molehills
176
yellow fingers
black lungs
beautiful pale blue eyes
177
yellow jackets
descending
picnic table chaos
178
yellow leaves . . .
that time of the year
enters me
179
Yellow leaves rain
On damp earth
Compost gold
180
yellow light —
the juggler approaches
for his money
181
yellow moon beaming
looking to see what I see
you are a bright friend
182
yellow ornaments
glistening in the Christmas sun
my lemon tree
183
yellow reflection
under my chin
buttercup
184
yellow rivers pushed
through veins of hope that flickered
cheer among the light
185
yellow tulips
outside a different window
than last year
186
Yellow wheat fields quake
Azure skies stand witness still
Blood soaked black soil — weeps
187
yellow willow
leaves spiraling down
a romantic comedy
188
Yellow? OMG!
You daffodils get busy
Midnight has arrived
189
zesting lemon
got a tough skin
this one

 

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.

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