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 today, Monday June 26th, the judging starts for our "Sunflower kukai"

The Sunflower kukai had 11 contestants who have written a total of 31 haiku themed "sunflower".



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

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 sunflower" 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 July  10th 2017 10.00 PM (CET). If possible try it within one week, but that's not necessary ...

sunflower bouquet

Sunflower kukai

1. stripy seeds in spring
promises of bright sunshine
bursting from a stem

2. sunflower petals
radiant in a blue sky
helianthus clouds

3. autumn tournesols
neon yellow turns to brown
faded parasols

4. row after row
and the kisses between us …
peak sunflowers

5. giant sunflowers ...
a chickadee turns its back
on the summer clouds

6. end of summer …
a spider threads all its hope
on a sunflower

7. in an arc
my face turns with the light
sunflower's life

8. Two butterflies
meeting  on a sunflower -
blind date

9. A thousand suns
shining on the field –
just one in the sky

sunflowers (oil-painting)
10. Cloudy sky –
bending to the earth
a sunflower

11. fearless raven
on a scarecrow’s head
sunflowers nod

12. sunflowers bend
frantic wind chimes
ragdolls in a storm

13. noble sunflowers
nature’s loyal subjects
bow with the wind

14. a chickadee pauses
on golden seed head
giving praise with song

15. amber petals
set ablaze by evening sun
lighting the garden

16. across the field
of tall swaying sunflowers
white butterflies dance

17. even in pouring rain
sunflowers stand wet and bowed
but they stand, oh they stand

18. in her hands
sunflower seeds

19. where the gypsies dance
under a bright sunflower moon
a scattering of seeds

20. like one giant eye
to oversee the garden
sunflower rises

21. near the traffic lights
bold furls of a sunflower
holding stares

22. how brave that bee
lost inside the seedbed
of a sunflower

23. a hole in heart--
a fading sunflower

24. passing thru the countryside--
the golden cheers
of swaying sunflowers

25. holding a smile
of a child--
Spring sunflower

26. Flower vase
protected from sun
Separated lovers

27. Sun flowers
Dawn’s lazy yawn
Heads turn

28. Sunrise
a lover’s call
Flowery reply

29. in times of darkness
sunflowers will give a little light,
joy and happiness

30. on the piazza
drinking wine with my love
sunflower field in front

31. in bright sunlight
sunflowers look like real suns
what a sight!

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.