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. The tenth kukai was "autumn", the eleventh kukai was "cherry blossom" and the 12th kukai was "sunflower". And today, Saturday November 11th, the judging starts for our "Departure kukai"

The Departure kukai had 7 contestants who have written a total of 18 haiku themed "departure".



Hereafter you will find the anonymous list of haiku which were submitted for our 13th kukai "departure"

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 departure" 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 November 25th 2017 10.00 PM (CET). If possible try it within one week, but that's not necessary ...

Departure kukai

1. train to nowhere
relentlessly moving on
de vliegende Hollander

2. tears and hugs
not wanting to leave
departure lounge moment

3. my life
turned upside down by
your departure

4. Summer departure
our plane leaves a vapour trail
scar across the sky

5. between leafy trees
departing cyclists freewheel
a refreshing breeze

6. tears at the bus stop
sorrowful hands wave goodbye
a last kiss lingers

7. Lamp-post photo: "Lost!
African grey parrot, 'Joy' "— her breast
feathers like small clouds

8. The mime’s one minute
love affair with a passing
random stranger… ceased

9. A Topless US Flag
of Times Square called in sick
& was promptly fired

10. departing
on the autumn breeze
one last leaf

11. dried cicada's shell
still clings to a dried branch
life's longingness

12. fallen leafage
would you weep too -
virgin's last night

13. empty room
her scent lingers
monsoon's wet soil

14. the last butterfly
hesitates before take-off --
Indian summer

15. after the day
has faithfully departed --
just summer stars

16. autumn migration --
crossing the afterlife
on butterfly wings

17. a last leaf
swirls on the wind towards the east -
first snow falls gently

18. leaving school
an outcast he is
being gay

Good Luck!

Chèvrefeuille, your host.

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.