The objective of this competition is to develop closer ties across the European community of haiku creators (although haiku authors from other parts of the world are welcome to submit entries as well). We are planning 4 separate competitions yearly, one for each season of the year. The competition is led in cooperation with the Publishing House KONTEKST from Poznań.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Results of the European Quarterly Kukai #1 - Spring 2013

The first edition of European Quarterly Kukai is completed. We thank to the authors who have wished to take part in it. We are glad that so many authors sent their submissions. We know that voting was extremely difficult, because there were a lot of very good haiku. Congratulations to Artur, congratulations to the winners and all of the authors. Thanks to you, European Quarterly Kukai entered the world of haiku competitions calendar. We apologize for the weaknesses that could happen. We look forward to seeing you in the next editions. Best regards.

130 authors, 33 countries:

Australia (3), Austria (1), Belgium (4), Bosnia and Herzegovina (2), Brazil (1), Bulgaria (1), Canada (3), Colombia (1), Croatia (7), Denmark (3), France (2), Germany (16), Hungary (2), India (3), Israel (2), Italy (2), Lithuania (9), Mongolia (2), The Netherlands (1), New Zealand (2), Philippines (1), Poland (10), Romania (16), Russia (5), Serbia (7), Singapore (1), Slovenia (2), Spain (1), Switzerland (2), Ukraine (1), UK (4), USA (12), Yemen (1)

Here are the results:

FIRST PLACE

Artur Lewandowski, Sieradz, Poland
(4-4-2) = 22 points (from USA, GER, POL, LIT - USA, LIT, HUN, LIT - POL, GER)

#30

spring
the widow buys
depilatory wax


SECOND PLACE (2)

S.M. Abeles, Washington, DC, USA
(4-3-0) = 18 points (from UK, USA, SRB, USA - RUS, NZL, CRO)

#118

the way I know
when you are coming --
blossom rain

v   

Sebastian Lucacs, Dorohoi, Romania
(2-3-6) = 18 points (from GER, SUI - LIT, CRO, USA - USA, IND, ROM, RUS, UK, AUT)

#130

spring fever -
the spinster browsing
a seed catalogue


THIRD PLACE (3)

Sheila Windsor, Worcester, England
(5-1-0) = 17 points (from RUS, CRO, CAN, GER, LIT - AUS)

#38

the long way home. . .
a field of newborn lambs
on tipsy legs

* tipsy = a little drunk

v   

Natalia "Shiroki Mirukami" Sedenkova, Samara, Russia
(3-3-2) = 17 points (from GER, LIT, GER - USA, CRO, SRB - USA, POL)

#110

my vast country
cherry blossoms gone
unnoticed

v   

Michele L. Harvey, Hamilton, NY, USA
(3-3-2) = 17 points (from SRB, ROM, GER - ISR, UK, GER - ESP, GER)

#111

swelling buds
a sudden skip
in my step


16 points - 4th place (2)

spring morning
while letting out the cat
i let in birdsong

#32 Bouwe Brouwer, Emmeloord, The Netherlands
(3-3-1) = 16 pts

v   

regret
all the bulbs
I never planted

#76 Jennifer Thompson, Charles Town, United States
(2-4-2) = 16 pts

15 points - 5th place (2)

Spring rain falling ...
my nameless neighbour plays
hava nagila

#13 Wolfgang Beutke, Barum (town), Germany
(3-2-2) = 15 pts

v   

books
in my mother tongue...
pressed dandelions

#119 Tzetzka Ilieva, USA / Bulgaria
(3-2-2) = 15 pts

14 points - 6th place (2)

The forgotten doll
awoke under a blanket
of fallen blossoms.

#34 Willy Cuvelier, Gullegem, Belgium
(3-1-3) = 14 pts

v   

spring cleanup—
she cannot remember
her neighbor’s name

#62 Sondra J. Byrnes, South Bend, Indiana, USA
(2-3-2) = 14 pts

13 points - 7th place (3)

cherry blossoms
in black ink – still
the sweet scent

#27 Silvia Kempen, Apen, Germany
(2-2-3) = 13 pts

v   

the soft beat
of wings --
melting snow

#66 Angie Werren, Amelia, Ohio, USA
(3-1-2) = 13 pts

v   

whole fields of gentians landmines

#117 Aditya Bahl, Himachal Pradesh, India
(3-2-0) = 13 pts

12 points - 8th place (5)

Gypsy violin . . .
the wheat harvest
sparkling with fireflies

#2 Tatjana Debeljački, Užice, Serbia
(3-0-3) = 12 pts

v   

rays of the spring sun
a puppy looks at himself
in a frozen puddle

#21 Vitali Khomin, Mukachevo, Ukraine
(1-4-1) = 12 pts

v   

spring morning - a couple
of sparrows from an antenna
broadcasting love

#55 Stjepan Rožić, Ivanić Grad, Croatia
(2-2-2) = 12 pts

v   

hospice garden
on the dead looking tree
a few fresh buds

#77 Maria Kowal-Tomczak, Opole, Poland
(2-1-4) = 12 pts

v   

the first day of April
between patches of snow
something green

#82 Lidia Rozmus, Vernon Hills, IL, USA
(2-2-2) = 12 pts

11 points - 9th place (4)

first buds -
his breastfeeding
on all lips

#8 Hélène Duc, Bichancourt, Aisne, France
(3-1-0) = 11 pts

v   

First Communion Day -
a bee hides in a girl's
bunch of daffodils

#26 Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu, Bucharest, Romania
(1-4-0) = 11 pts

v   

March sun -
snowdrop's shadow
melting away

#41 Christian Michel, Madrid, Spain
(1-4-0) = 11 pts

v   

#128
spring evening -
an old farmer smelling
freshly plowed earth

Cezar F. Ciobîcă, Botoșani, Romania
(1-3-2) = 11 pts

10 points - 10th place (2)

plum blossoms
on the windowpanes…
windy morning

#47 Diana Teneva, Haskovo, Bulgaria
(1-3-1) = 10 pts

v   

spring thaw –
an ingrown toenail
cuts deeper

#126 Lorin Ford, Melbourne, Australia
(1-2-3) = 10 pts

9 points

the sun's heat
deep in a poppy's stem . . .
my broken dream

#18 Saša Važić, Batajnica, Serbia
(2-1-1) = 9 pts

v   

home for Easter
talks to the pile of melting snow
my old drunk dad

#19 Artūras Šilanskas, Vilnius, Lithuania
(2-1-1) = 9 pts

v   

fragrant breeze …
the shiver of new leaves in
morning dew

#70 Asni Amin, Singapore
(1-2-2) = 9 pts

v   

sunshine in the hills -
all streamlets dashing headlong
to the unknown

#92 Natalia Kuznetsova, Moscow, Russia
(0-4-1) = 9 pts

v   

cactus blossoms
someone in love
waters them

#121 Rosa Clement, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
(2-1-1) = 9 pts

v   

flowering trees -
grandmother remembers 
her youth

#127 Andra Andronic, Botosani, Romania
(2-0-3) = 9 pts

8 points

spring her short strokes with a pencil

#20 Ernesto P. Santiago, Solano, Philippines
(1-2-1) = 8 pts

v   

early dusk
no voice
but swallows

#23 Andrea Cecon, Cividale del Friuli, Italy
(2-0-2) = 8 pts

v   

away from beloved--
spring breeze gathers
her fragrance

#78 Pravat Kumar Padhy, Bhubaneswar, India
(2-0-2) = 8 pts

v   

a break
in the clouds-
spring sun

#85 Vasile Moldovan, Bucharest, Romania
(1-2-1) = 8 pts

v   

Spring sunshine.
The parrot has finally
started talking.

#97 Tatjana Stefanovic, Belgrade, Serbia
(1-1-3) = 8 pts

v   

spring breeze
a dress of the bride
bellied

#112 Irena Szewczyk, Warsaw, Poland
(1-2-1) = 8 pts

v   

growing buds -
waiting forward to feel
my baby's kicks

#129 Laura Csilla, Brasov, Romania
(1-1-3) = 8 pts

7 points

it's spring
even the spider
cleaning its web

#33 Sebastian Hengst, Munich, Germany
(1-0-4) = 7 pts

v   

beyond
the bars of loneliness-
first buds

#45 Dan Iulian, Bucharest, Romania
(1-1-2) = 7 pts

v   

the almond tree
sheltering my father’s grave
is bloomed again

# 60 Francesco de Sabata, Pescantina, Italy
(1-0-4) = 7 pts

v   

spring buds --
one more chance
at life
.
#80 Stella Pierides, Neusaess, DE/ London, UK
(0-3-1) = 7 pts

v   

scent of spring sun -
see the world through
my grandchild's eyes

# 105 Ramona Linke, Salzatal/Beesenstedt, Germany
(2-0-1) = 7 pts

v   

approach of spring...
the cat is trying to say
the word "maaarch"

#114 Irina Vaci, Rostov on Don, Russia
(1-2-0) = 7 pts

6 points

high above
sweet sighs lures
cherry on a branch

#1 Smajil Durmisevic, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
(2-0-0) = 6 pts

v   

Young leaves –
the first song
of the poplar

#59 Eduard Tara, Iasi, Romania
(1-1-1)  = 6 pts

v   

walk in the park -
between the rest of the dirty snow
snowdrops

# 64 Andrzej Dembonczyk, Zbroslawice, Silesia, Poland
(2-0-0) = 6 pts

v   

vernal equinox
my wife helps me to get on
compression stockings

# 67 Ralf Bröker, Ochtrup, Germany
(1-0-3) = 6 pts

v   

spring blossoms...
he tickles me
all over

#81 Jayashree Maniyil, Melbourne, Australia
(0-3-0) = 6 pts

v   

snow silence
moles pile up
spring

#83 Klaus-Dieter Wirth, Viersen, Germany
(1-1-1) = 6 pts

v   

you, the last drop,
remain on my face-
spring rain

#99 Predrag Pero Čikarić, Mudrakovac, Serbia
(1-1-1) = 6 pts

v   

Trees in bloom
this spring wind unfolds
my memories book

#108 Magdalena Dale, Bucharest, Romania
(1-0-3) = 6 pts

5 points

spring is in the air
the joy of new beginning –
my heart filled with love

# 7 Albina Avsec, Maribor, Slovenia
(1-1-0)  = 5 pts

v   

winter breath
rides the flowing ice
comes away…

# 11 Nadalsuren Purevdorj, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
(1-1-0) = 5 pts

v   

grass snakes
among the anemones
a piece of old rope

# 12 Annie Juhl, Svendborg, Denmark
(1-1-0) = 5 pts

v   

freckles
become brighter on your face
springtime

#17 Dainius Dirgėla, Vilnius, Lithuania
(1-1-0) = 5 pts

v   

cupped hands
on 55° 43' N 12° 34' E
I hold sun and rain

#25 Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Højby, Denmark
(0-2-1) = 5 pts

v   

bouquet of violets
in sweet scent on the table
spring in a tiny jar

#28 Marija Pogorilic, Rovinj, Croatia
(1-1-0) = 5 pts

v   

mountain winding path upwards spring leaves

#37 Abraham Freddy Ben-Arroyo, Haifa, Israel
(1-1-0) = 5 pts

v   

apple tree with flowers
cobweb at the stump
full of petals

#39 Agata Rak, Będzin, Poland
(1-1-0) = 5 pts

v   

spring hail
the jingle-jangle
of a wind-chime

#68 Andre Surridge, Hamilton, New Zealand
(1-0-2) = 5 pts

v   

broken vow . .
moth wing shadows
on your pillow

#89 Sandi Pray, Robbinsville, NC, USA
(1-1-0) = 5 pts

v   

A rotten stump -
sunny primroses down the slope
rocked by the wind.

#98 Zlata Bogović, Varaždin, Croatia
(1-1-0) = 5 pts

4 points

Gentle breeze -
from pine cone to pine cone
clicks restlessness

#44 Valeria Barouch, Geneva, Switzerland
(0-2-0) = 4 pts

v   

cherry blossoms--
an old Kodak he once
owned

#75 Alegria Imperial, Vancouver, BC, Canada
(1-0-1) = 4 pts

v   

A bunch of snowdrops
bathing in the light of spring
Pale but beautiful

#95 Marcell Domonkos, Celldömölk, Hungary
(1-0-1) = 4 pts

v   

catkins and tails--
there's a stir
in the air

#115 James Dobson, Prudhoe, UK
(1-0-1) = 4 pts

v   

spring garden
two butterflies settle
on my cheeks

#122 Ramesh Anand, Bangalore, India
(1-0-1) = 4 pts

3 points

First plum blossoms
Her Little March's gift
First baby birth

#31 Steliana Cristina Voicu, Ploiesti, Romania
(1-0-0) = 3 pts

v   

Over the village
the old windmill revolves
a new springtime.

#40 Jef Ector, Genk, Belgium
(1-0-0) = 3 pts

v   

and spring breeze                 
touched
the softness of petals

#51 Vera Primorac, Viškovo, Croatia
(1-0-0) = 3 pts

v   

HAIKU PALINDROME

No Omen, one Moon
No lemons, as no melon -
Sun at noon, tan us

#53 Dalibor Drekic, Belgrade, Serbia
(1-0-0) = 3 pts

v   

plums are in blossom –
in pinakoteka hall
a fly washing its head

#54 Djurdja Vukelic Rozic, Ivanic Grad, Croatia
(1-0-0) = 3 pts

v   

a single petal
the first tiding of the blossoms
on my hands

#56 Yuko Igarashi, Velbert, Germany
(0-1-1) = 3 pts

v   

pearling spring snowflakes
i cannot help thinking of
what follows the heart

#71 Goda V. Bendoraitiene, Klaipeda, Lithuania
(0-1-1) = 3 pts

v   

Zen garden …
myriad cherry blooms swoon     
on the Buddha’s head

#94 Keith A. Simmonds, Dartford, Great Britain
(1-0-0) = 3 pts

v   

warm day
my spaniel catches
last icicle

#96 Pavel S.Vorontsov, Novosibirsk, Russia
(1-0-0) = 3 pts

v   

not the same opera -
over the last snow this year,
a spring cleaning rain

#109 Adriana Dascalu, Scornicesti, Romania
(0-1-1) = 3 pts

2 points

thaw…
tears of departed cranes
fall on my face

#10 Tuvshinzaya Nergui, Tsetserleg city, Mongolia
(0-0-2) = 2 pts

v   

hummocks of ice
end of the old -
new beginnings

# 22 Nijolė Kerušauskienė, Kaunas, Lithuania
(0-1-0) = 2 pts

v   

a while of relax -
between white chestnut blossoms
music by Chopin

#35 Grazyna Werner, Halle/Saale, Germany
(0-0-2) = 2 pts

v   

Flowerpot

Old flowerpot
gives new life.
Cycle of creation.

#36 Tamara Lujak, Belgrade, Serbia
(0-1-0) = 2 pts

v   

thirsty for love
fallen cherry petals
in our beer-mugs

#46 Ferenc Bakos, Siofok, Hungary
(0-0-2) = 2 pts

v   

with upturned head
among white cherry petals -
simply I am

#52 Robert Nowak, Wałbrzych, Poland
(0-1-0) = 2 pts

v   

Sound of emptiness
Fills space with sunny odor
Weather blossoms out

#61 Dovile Dragelyte, Vilnius, Lithuania
(0-0-2) = 2 pts

v   

spring breeze —
rose petals break into
the grave's silence

#83 Minh-Triêt Pham, Paris, France
(0-1-0) = 2 pts

v   

pussy willows
my elderly neighbour
hums a merry tune

#87 Polona Oblak, Ljubljana, Slovenia
(0-1-0) = 2 pts

v   

a bee and a thorn
in her wedding bouquet
the elixir of love

#90 John Daleiden, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
(0-1-0) = 2 pts

v   

birthday -
bitter cherry blossom scent
from a gully

#103 Lavana Kray, Iasi, Romania
(0-1-0) = 2 pts

v   

the spring waters--
son moving a paper boats
as forty years ago

#104 Andrius Luneckas, Vilnius, Lithuania  
(0-0-2) = 2 pts

v   

a snowman's scarf
in the yard on the ground
the warm day

#107 Asta Čižiūnaitė, Vilnius, Lithuania
(0-1-0) = 2 pts

v   

a frog is croaking
at the edge of the puddle-
echoes in the dark

#113 Nicolae Ioana-Roxana, Ploiesti, Romania
(0-1-0) = 2 pts

v   

seeking asylum -
snowflakes among the blossom
of a mirabelle 

#116 Sara Winteridge, New Forest, England
(0-0-2) = 2 pts

1 point

sound of spring waters
at my next turn
meaning of life

#49 Heike Gewi, Aden, Yemen
(0-0-1) = 1 pt

v   

Rosebud
opens to a butterfly
a smiling sun

#58 Ružica Soldo, Široki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina
(0-0-1) = 1 pts

v   

Reincarnation
Of past and future flowers
Spring is smiling back

# 63 Claude Lopez-Ginisty, Saint-Triphon, Switzerland
(0-0-1) = 1 pts

v   

white acacia lane
full of aromas
and busy bees buzz

#72 Wieslaw Karlinski, Namyslow, Poland
(0-0-1) = 1 pts

v   

A couple of birds
Enjoy the warm breeze of spring
Full of bright colours

#74 Fabián Padilla Hernández, Bogota, Colombia
(0-0-1) = 1 pts

v   

white-brown winterfields
little lambs in the pasture
a change of season

#86 Claudius Gottstein, Hilter, Germany
(0-0-1) = 1 pts

v   

No tube, no wire
the whole country is breathing
again

#120 Heinz Schneemann, Berlin, Germany
(0-0-1) = 1 pts

v   

in the mountain trial
first violet
crocuses

#125 Teresa Grzywacz, Łuków, Poland
(0-0-1) = 1 pts

no points this time

flowing river ice
at each bridge are fewer
spring sun

#3 Lucyna (Abigail) Brzozowska, Bielsko-Biała, Poland

v   

White ice in plastic cups
Blackberry-sweet saliva
Red, brown, yellow blades

#5 Laurel S. Eberle, Fredericksburg, VA, USA

v   

spring cleaning
at the car wash
men with water hoses

#6 Margareta Hihn, Bockhorn, Germany

v   

Shining in the moonlight,
The heart of the mirror
Glittering dark spring.

#9 Meile Gustaityte, Kaunas, Lithuania

v   

black hellebore
arises from carnival
disguised in snowwhite

#14 Sylvia Bacher, Bad Aussee, Austria

v   

wet spring night
two boys
line up a hand cart

#16 Owen Bullock, Katikati, New Zealand

v   

Mowed grass fragrance
Mixed with voices of children
at play with kites

#24 Vid Vukasović, Belgrade, Serbia

v   

eyes closed in the sun
I hear those familiar sounds
from the north

#29 Anne-Marie Labelle, Montréal, Canada

v   

awaked ladybirds
walking on the floppy snow –
eyes of the nature.

#42 Popescu Adrian-Nicolae, Radauti-Suceava, Romania

v   

Colours spring from buds
Flourishing into lush fields-
Seasons are changing

#43 Hannah Sanvido, Maple Ridge B.C., Canada

v   

spring painting
sunbeams draw
colors to the light

#50 Brigitte ten Brink, Konstanz, Germany

v   

snow in winter’s wake
snowdrops are looking for spring
happy new season

#57 Lothar M. Kirsch, Cologne, Germany

v   

still mourning
my butterfly who died
all those springs ago

#65 Ed Bremson, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

v   

spirits uplifted
peach blossom, jasmine
splice azure

#69 Barbara A Taylor, Mountain Top NSW, Australia

v   

apple flowers
are on fire - ruddy whiteness
of future fruits

#73 Zbigniew Mysłowiecki, Warszawa, Poland

v   

teaching my son to shade
he scrawls green and points to the
bursting climbers

#88 Brian Robertson, Berlin, Germany

v   

the first summer wind
peddles white blossom petals -
featherlight farewell

#91 llka De Bisschop, Denderleeuw, Belgium

v   

in feather clouds
sunshine thrill the air…
stream of thawing tears

#93 Lilija Olšauskiene, Kaunas, Lithuania

v   

on the meadow
another crocus –
spring´s arrival

#101 Kenzo Manipitsu, Wippenhausen, Germany

v   

Day of March
Songs of love begin
At cats

#102 Valentina Nazarova, Tver, Russia

v   

UNCOVERED CROWN
WAITING FOR ARRIVAL
OF THE SPRING
          
#123 Mirko Varga, Croatia

no result (authors who didn’t vote)

blossoming cherry
balmy breeze bends a sunray
on palm of a child

#4 Malvina Mileta, Nedescina-Istria, Croatia

v   

cancer survivor- 
a crocus burnst out 
of the frost

#15 Rita Odeh, Nazareth, Israel

v   

From the sky – falling tears
while on trees rosy dreams blossom –
spring

#48 Alexandru Ioan Despina, Brussels, Belgium

v   

another spring
between the moon and the river
until the dawn

#79 George Badarau, Iasi, Romania

v   

haiku #100 has been withdrawn from results by organizers

v   

All the light of spring
in a porcelain teacup -
jasmin pearl green tea

#106 Ulla Conrad, Hoersholm, Denmark

v   

That night cherry exploded
like a champagne bottle shaken.

# 124 Cristina David, Deva, Hunedoara, Romania

late entry

Lava on the snow -
in the meadows in bloom
small sculptures of lava

Toni Piccini, Italy

v   

Six in the morning.
A dozen or so butterflies
brought me the Spring.

Franklin Magalhães, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil