Carpe Diem's Kukai ...

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

There were several CDHK-family members who asked me to create a special page for our Kukai. Well .... I think this is what I can do. I will explain how Kukai works and on this page I will also publish the submitted haiku here and of course the winner and runner-up haiku of every Kukai.

A Kukai is a haiku-contest in which participants can submit all new never published earlier haiku (a maximum of three)  inspired on a given theme. After the closing time the participants, who submitted haiku, are be given an anonymous list of the haiku submissions. The participants than have the opportunity to be the juror by giving points to three of the submitted haiku, 3 points for the best, 2 points for the second best and 1 point for the third best haiku. Of course they may not give points to their own submitted haiku.
After the judging, I (your host) will gather the points and will announce the winner here at our Haiku Kai. Of course it is possible that we have a tied score, if that's occurring than I will ask another haiku poet to give points too.

The winner of the Kukai is given the opportunity to make an e-book of his/her haiku with a maximum of 30 pages and he/she will be the featured haiku poet in the month after the kukai. Our runner-up gets an episode of Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu.

We have had nine kukai already, the first was "Wisteria", the second was "Summertime", the third was "juxtaposition",the fourth "Peace of Mind", the fifth "winter", the sixth "time", the seventh was "new life", the eighth was "prayers", and the nineth was the special kukai in tribute for Jane.

So NOW STARTS the judging for our last kukai "autumn". For this kukai "autumn" I received 35 haiku by 14 haiku poets, so a lot to read and judge. Good Luck! 


Hereafter you will find the anonymous list of haiku which were submitted for our nineth kukai "tribute"

There are a few rules which I will give here:

1. As from this kukai on it's also granted to give points for the haiku if you haven't submitted haiku;

2. You may not give points to your own submitted haiku;

3. You have to give six (6) points following the sequence:

3 points for the best haiku, 2 points for the second best haiku and 1 point for the third best haiku

4. If you have done the judging than please email your points (together of course with the number of the haiku to which you have given points) to our email address:

Please write "judging kukai autumn" in the subject line.

5. You have approximately two weeks to send me your judging, so please take care that you have judged the haiku before December 20th 2016 10.00 PM (CET). If possible try it within one week, but that's not necessary ...

1. Jade green chrysalis
Glitters in the waning light
Birth of a Monarch

2. Migrating Monarchs
Tumble from atop the trees
Black and orange leaves

3 Broom sedge scarecrow
Greets the salmon sunrise
Song of revelry 

4. Autumn sun
Filtered through leaves and

5. Harvest moon
on the horizon

6. A knock
upon the head
fallen acorn

7. southern climes
only the chameleon
changes color

8. summer sounds
fading quietly into 
autumn’s voice

9. seedpods ripen
spilling their stores
to the wind

10. dragonfly tethered
to silver tipped pampas grass
windy afternoon

11. two leaves
two acrobats dancing
as I walk home

12. autumn-
the warm coffee
between my lips

13. pouring rain
dreaming of a lover
the bus is full

14. chilly winds
seeds clattering
in their dry purses

15. autumn's colors
a riot in the woods
raucous starlings

16. scurrying leaves
the fanned tail
of a tom turkey

17. green leaves swayed lively
now beige, gold, auburn and pale
glowing senescence

18. walked the red carpet
colour of love over me
sinking memories

19. evening on trees
all colours that were in sky
only sun not seen

20. ablaze
in afternoon’s glinting sun
trees adorned in red

21. steaming gold
on chilled October evening
mug of hot cider

22. pile of fallen leaves
crackling in corner of yard
dog jumping

23. burnished sun gilds leaves
crickets chirrup in shadows
year's aging bones creak

24. rusted autumn trees
thick mist meanders valley
washes birch bark clean

25. oak bows with acorns
gold leaves camouflage pumpkins
crows welcome first frost

26. iced edges
of the autumn pond
inch towards old frog

27. we learn
from autumn
to let go

28. on a rusty tin flute
lying among yellow leaves
one note, played by a mole

29. Autumn miracle –
chestnut trees 
in bloom again

30. where leaves bore colors 
other than just green; a fall
fairy picks them all 

31. multi shaded leaves
picked by the fall fairy
makes the new moon smile

32. yearly pilgrimage
fiery leaves on the mountain

33. leaves on branches burn
tumbling in their radiance 
extinguished in mist

34. a crown of gold leaves
nestles in rain-sodden soil 
cyclamen jewels 

35. light of the full moon
shines through colored leaves
at last ... autumn

Good Luck!

!!! Today (December 8th 2016) I started our first Carpe Diem Tanka Kukai "Winter Love" you can submit your tanka through the linking widget. See for more information HERE !!!

Chèvrefeuille, your host.


  1. What an amazing collection: I think everyone is a winner here!
    Shows how much you have taught us over the past years.
    Thank you for giving us all a chance to read. And what a lot of extra work for you to arrange this competition.

  2. Very interesting indeed. Very hard to chooe. Am getting down to a small group but don't want to rush it! This is a very good contest, Kristjaan.

  3. I'm so happy to see how the participation has grown! A fantastic collection and hard to choose just three! :-) Bastet

  4. What a collection! Thank you for putting this together. I agree with Bastet -- it will be difficult to choose just three :)

  5. Larger participation! This is great!

  6. Amazing collection! It was a tough task to select just 3.
    I wish everyone best of luck & I loved reading all Haiku.
    Thank you dear Chèvrefeuille for putting it all together.

  7. What a beautiful collection, Kristjaan, and not an easy feat to choose from...they all stir something in the reader...well done!!

  8. I agree with eveyone. Very high standard. Difficult to choose. Thank you for this competition.

  9. Wonderful lines ! All are winners !

  10. a cluster of winter sparkles...a delightful compilation

  11. Very difficult to choose as all were so inspiring! Bravo to all who entered!

  12. A superb collection, Kristjaan, it was hard to choose.

  13. Do we have winners yet, Kristjaan?

    1. I will publish the results tomorrow November 16th.

  14. When are we judging the autumn kukai, Kristjaan?

    1. I will try to publish the judging list this upcoming weekend.