Saturday, September 28, 2013

The jinx continues (2)

orange peel-
the wrinkles and folds
I never noticed

 Shiki Kukai, free format section
September 2013
2nd place ( 18 points)

The jinx continues (1)

Milky way...
a billion reasons
to love him

Shiki kukai , Kigo section
September 2013,
2nd place (19 points)

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Indian kukai # 01

Our haiku group IN kukai held the first ever Indian kukai contest this month.

Kash poet and Vinay Ravindranath were the hosts for this inaugural edition and participation was limited to group members only.

Theme of the contest was "music', quality of the responses excellent and Nandini Nair took the first place with the following heart-warming haiku:

 my baby's heartbeat
against mine-
the rhythm for our lullaby

Nandini Nair

Arvinder Kaur secured the second place with this very pretty haiku:

distant echoes--
a murmuring brook 
in her anklets 

Arvinder Kaur

And I managed to get the the third place with this one:

misty moon--
I almost remember that song 
dad used to sing 

The other ones that deserve a special mention are these:

another winter night...
the lone watchman's
same whistle tune

RK Sameer 


 evening raga-
the prussian wing -tips
of a blue jay

Paresh Tiwari 

IN kukai has plans to go international with the Indian kukai very soon, probably by early next year. Watch this space for further details and announcements.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

September update

September has been hectic, but September has also been generous to me. At least poetry- wise. At the beginning of the month Lakeview International Journal Vol 1, No.2 (  ) came out with two of my haiku in it. Then there was the latest issue of A Hundred Gourds (  featuring thee of my haiku apart from a previously published one which was selected by Yoshiko McFarland as one of the ten that she translated into "earth language" by rendering it beautifully in her unique pictograph style.

Next , New Zealand poet Kirsten Cliff included one of my poems in her ongoing  Per Diem series on the theme of "dream speak" on the Haiku Foundation website.

My poem  was also published on Tinywords on September 6th (  )

And to wrap it all up, I  got the third place in the European Kukai edition III. (See the beautiful e-diploma above.) I know, it's only a 3rd place. But it was my first try and there were 156 contestants in it, so cannot help feeling extremely happy about it.

I only hope the remaining part of the month also stays as kind to me as these three weeks were!