Thursday, May 7, 2015

Carpe Diem Extra #20 - 2015 "And the Winner Is !!! The results of our first Kukai "Wisteria"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It’s my pleasure to announce our first Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Kukai winner. It was really a joy to make this Kukai and I have read wonderful haiku about “Wisteria”.
There were 11 contestants who wrote 23 haiku in total. As you know the contestants of the Kukai, had the opportunity to be the judge for this Kukai. I emailed them  an anonymous list of the haiku with the question to give points to the haiku. They had 6 points to share:  3 for the best haiku, 2 for the second best haiku and 1 for the third best haiku.
haru no hi no iri-tokoro nari fuji no hana
the setting place
for the spring sun...
wisteria blossoms

© Issa
At the end of the voting as I gathered the points there finally were two winners. To decide who the winner would be I emailed Jane Reichhold the two haiku to judge them for me and helping me out with this dilemma. Jane’s vote was worth 2 points. She gave the winning haiku a wonderful comment which I love to share here:

[…] “The idea that chandeliers are fragrant is new. The combination of chandeliers and carpet is perfect. I feel there is much to admire in this haiku”. […]
In her comment I have removed the number of the haiku to make it more exciting … Now it is time to announce our first Carpe Diem Haiku Kai winner … (drum roll) …

The winner of the first CDHK Kukai is Rallentanda with her haiku:

fragrant chandeliers drop
a carpet of purple

© Rallentanda


And the runner up, the second place, in our first CDHK Kukai is Lolly with her haiku:
in white wisteria vine …
spring moon

© Lolly

And here are the results of the haiku. I will give the numbers of the haiku and the points given:

9 points : haiku 22 (winner) 7 points : haiku 4 (runner up)
5 points: haiku 1, 5, 12 & 13
4 points: haiku 17 & 20
3 points: haiku 8, 10, 15, 18, 21 & 23
2 points : haiku 14 & 16
1 point : haiku 6 & 19
0 point : haiku 2, 3, 7, 9 & 11

You did all great and for those who haven’t won this time there will be a new change, a new opportunity in our next CDHK Kukai “Summertime”.

I love to share here one of my haiku on Wisteria to close this first Kukai. Thank you all for being part of this experience ... thank you for your wonderful haiku submitted for our first CDHK Kukai "Wisteria".
Credits: Wisteria
in the moonlight
Wisteria flowers look fragile -
a gust of wind

© Chèvrefeuille


Our second CDHK Kukai "Summertime" is NOW OPEN for submissions. You can submit a maximum of three (new, not published earlier) haiku to our email-address before June 15th 2015. After this closing date I will gather all the haiku and email the anonymous list of haiku to those who have participated in the Kukai for judging the submitted haiku.
If you submit haiku for this second CDHK Kukai "Summertime" please write in the subject-line "Kukai Summertime".

at the seashore
wind of summer through my hair
the shortest night
© Chèvrefeuille
You can submit haiku about "summertime", try to use different haiku writing techniques (read the e-book above in the menu) as e.g. juxtaposition or baransu.You can send your haiku (max 3)to our email-address:

Don't forget to write "Kukai Summertime" in the subject-line! Good luck! And have fun!


Chèvrefeuille, your host
Chèvrefeuille, your host



  1. Well done to Rallentanda and Lolly! I really enjoyed the mix of styles and images in the submitted haiku and it was tough choosing my favourites. And thank you Kristjaan for your hard work in organising this on top of the detailed daily prompts - I don't know how you do it.

  2. Yeah!!! CONGRATULATIONS Rallentanda and Lolly.:)

  3. You did a fabulous job running this - so much work - I would post the haiku and numbers list on your website and forget emailing next time - less work and then ANYONE can vote by emailing you. But really, so much work. Each of us must invite one new person to do the Summertime prompt in order to help this grow, and when the work load grows one of us can sit out the contest and help instead. If it is any consolation I was surprised more did not like the haiku I voted for, and the haiku I thought was my best got zero points! I thought this was fantastic! Congratulations, champagne all around, ad for those of us who don't drink, a bong, though I haven't smoked for so long, so for those of us who do not drink or smoke, a coffee - by the way, having played against the Dutch national rugby team, and losing, I can say that no-one parties like the Dutch!

  4. Kristjaan, you have turned this contest outcome into a real occasion and the winning haiku is indeed a gem. What fun.

  5. Congratulations, Rallentanda and Lolly! That is wonderful! :D
    It's been quite an experience - looking forward to next month's event.
    And thank YOU, Chevrefeuille, for the work in putting this all together :)

  6. Forgot to mention - your haiku, Chevrefeuille --- very, very nice! :D

  7. What splendid haiku, Rall, Lolly and Chevrefeuille. Great work on putting this together. Looks like a good application for a spreadsheet. Cheers to all who entered and participated.

  8. This came as a welcome surprise . Congratulations to Lolly as well.
    Thank you KP for all your hard work in putting on this competition. Your tireless enthusiasm and lovely haiku never cease to impress. Also thank you to Jane for her wonderful comment on my work.
    OK time to party...drinks on the house all night !

  9. Congratulations to Rallentanda! Well done and how awesome to get your work put in a book :)

    Thanks everyone for your votes. I am deeply honored that my work got even a single vote let alone enough to place in a contest.

    And add me to the chorus of thank yous to our honeysuckle poet, Chev, for all he does to keep us all inspired.

    XXOO to all, Loll

  10. Fantastic! Congratulations Rall this was a wonderful haiku and well deserved the win and congratulations Lolly ... a beautiful classical image, well deserving to be awarded! Thanks so much Chèvrefeuille for the wonderful event and I will be looking forward to the new summer Kukai

  11. Thoughts regarding the voting process:

    I really appreciate the voting process we went through, Chev. I thought it was fair and as transparent as possible and kept the voting privilege limited to our intimate circle of poets. I really appreciate that our work was kept anonymous during the voting.

    I so very much would like to keep our voting process this way.