Sunday, December 25, 2016

Romanian Weekly Kukai no. 475

First place 
Ana Urma

winter sunset -
peeling silently
an orange

Second place  
Vasile Conioși-Mesteşanu

the same Xmas tree -
cradling on her knees
a photo album

Third place 
Cristina Oprea Young

wrapped present-
snowy entirely
the childhood home


Cornel C. Costea 

Xmas gifts -
in the mailbox
envelopes with fines

Cristina Parvu

my grandparents' yard  -
only the old dog
making ski slope

Cornel Costea C.

Xmas Eve -
only the wind carols
in the desert village 

Ana Urma

The Journey of Magi -
guide in the night
only one Star

Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă

hoarfrost -
my granny displays
her old laces

Petru-Ioan Gârda

Happy New Year -
all my neighbors
are nutter

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Romanian Weekly Kukai no. 473

First Place

Ana Drobot

starry night -
a cobweb
grasps everything

Argentina Stanciu

anniversary -
coming first in the door threshold
a few snowflakes

Second Place
Luminița Ignea

stranger in town -
the street names under
thick hoar frost

Third Place
Cornel C. Costea

glazed frost everywhere -
so many dance steps and
no spectator


Vasilica Grigoraș

cataract -
the poplar fluff invades
the iris flower

Constantin Iliescu

flea market -
the old man wipes gently 
the dust on books

Corneliu-Traian Atanasiu

the abundant snow
on the little house of cardboard -
the plot thickens

Argentina Stanciu

decorated Christmas tree -
the place in the head of the table
empty this year

Adina Enachescu

downpour -
the paper boats
by the board

Cezar Ciobică

first snowflakes -
quietness even in 
the courtroom

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Romanian Monthly Kukai Results November 2016

   Theme: using the word DHALIA

Special Prize
Doina Bogdan-Wurm

dahlias in his lapel
a touch of sparkle
for the medals

First Place

Ana Drobot

first frost -
the colors of dhalias
are still warm

Dan Norea

the damp earth -
around a dahlia
traces of cane

Second Place
Vasile Conioși-Mesteșanu

wet slb -
in the grandmother's bouquet
even dahlias

Third Place
Florin Florian

a hero's cross -
enlightening his name
yellow dahlias

Fourth Place

Miruna Covor

deserted streets -
only a dahlia in rond
among trash

Ana Urma

dahlias in bloom -
refreshing their white
the first snow

Fifth Place

Gabriela Marcian

warming the yard
a yellow dahlia
under the cold rain

Luminița Ignea

the hue of dahlia
melted under frost

Argentina Stanciu

the widow's yard
under bushes of dahlias
the collapsed fence

Sixth Place

Cristina Pârvu

the ball of flowers
only the dhalia and the wind
in the last waltz

Doina Bogdan-Wurm

dahlias in his lapel
a touch of sparkle
for the medals

Monday, November 21, 2016

Romanian Weekly Kukai no. 470

First Place - Luminita Ignea

webs in the corners -
somebody is still working
in this house

First Place - Cezar Ciobica

first snowflakes -
the old teacher
postpones the dictation

Second Place - Vasile Coniosi-Mestesanu

first snow -
leaving the letter to Santa

Third Place - Ion Cuzuioc

first frost -
in the lake's waters
pieces of sun

Mention - Elena-Victoria Globean

I watch how it is snowing
over the lime tree at the gate -
two lonely people

Mention - Violeta Urda

leafless trees -
stepping like in a parade
the old veterans

Mention - Constantin Iliescu

red bandanna -
a sandcastle on sale

Romanian Weekly Kukai no. 469

First Place - Rodica P. Calota

gathered hay -
the sun stuck
in a corner of the fork

Second Place - Petru Ioan Garda

autumn ploughing -
brought to the light
an ancient ricrac

Third Place - Argentina Stanciu

lighting in the night -
projected on the wall
a shaking leaf

Mention - Rodica P. Calota

unlit torch -
the chrysanthemums continue
the death watch

Mention - Ana Urma

autumn hours -
giving some colour to the sunset
some tea with honey

Mention - Cristina Parvu

first layer of snow -
grandma's footsteps through the yard
no longer heard

Mention - Valeria Tamas

Christmas trees -
first year with no gift
from grandma

Mention - Elena Victoria Glodean

news about rising prices -
father draws some smoke from a snipe
smouldering inside

Weekly Romanian Kukai no. 468

First Place - Vasile Coniosi-Mestesanu

hoarfrost -
covered by leaves
the moon on the lake

Second Place - Ion Cuzuioc

next to the fountain -
the village news
quenching the thirst

Second Place - Ana Drobot

flock of cranes -
counting reasons
for immigration

Third Place - Valeria Tamas

bread factory -
the passers-by's footsteps
losing their rhythm

Mention - Cezar Florin Ciobica

hurt deer -
maple leaves enlarging
the bloodshed

Mention - Dan Norea

no money for installments -
I search instead for a bench
somewhere in the park

Mention - Valeria Tamas

clay oven -
sanctifying every piece of bread
grandma's hands

Mention - Rodica P. Calota

in a small bead
the whole sky -
hawk's eye

Mention - Ana Urma

clear sky as far as the horizon goes -
in the printing press's half-shade
crane's feather

Weekly Romanian Kukai no. 467

First Place - Rodica Calota

floating moon -
in vain trying to carry it away
the river

Second Place - Lucretia Horvath

loneliness -
out of the coffee vapours
an angel's face

Third Place - Argentina Stanciu

Halloween ball -
dressed as a skeleton
the overweight girl

Mention - Valeria Tamas

drizzle -
gathering coins
to pay for bread

Mention - Luminita Ignea

October morning -
a white chrysanthemum
pierces through the fog

Mention - Ana Drobot

literature -
highlighting a passage
autumn light

Mention - Constantin Iliescu

watershed at night -
the moon crosses the hill
in the deep bucket

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Results of Weekly Romanian Kukai no. 466

First place– Argentina Stanciu

Harvest Day 
the old man’s backyard
full of grandchildren

Second place– Valeria Tamaș

castle in ruins 
pairs in the ballroom
the dandelions

Second place– Cristina Pârvu

the grandfather’s backyard -
only the walnut tree’s shadow
fills the porch

Third place– Petru-Ioan Gârda

falling leaves 
haijin in the window
counting syllables


Valeria Tamaș

cranes flying south 
more and more weaker
mother’s eyesight

Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă 

winter sun
next to the quince in the window
the dentures

Ion Cuzuioc 

cheerful night 
a cricket chirping
in the waste bin

Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă

must time
the landlady in the tale
dead and buried

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Romanian Monthly Kukai Results Octomber 2016

    Theme: using the word MUST

Special Prize

shards of burned clay -
the archaeologist inhales
flavors of must

Constantin Iliescu

First Place

must time -
the potter shapes
other pots   

Florin Florian

Second Place

sleepless night -
only clusters of stars

in the must carafe 

Violeta Urdă

Third Place

a cup of must -
from the sickle moon

come off the leaves

Ana Drobot

a porch at dusk -
the light  decants into
the glass of must

Dan Iulian

Fourth Place

flavor of must -
the flying starlings soar
to another vineyard

Gabriela Vlad

ritual dance -
from beneath bare feet

gushes the must

Virginia Popescu

Fifth Place

meet again -
the taste of childhood
in the cup of must

Cristina Oprea

Sixth Place

must time  –
only the memories

filling the clay cup

Daniela Lăcrămioara Capotă

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Weekly Romanian Kukai no. 465

First Place – Valeria Tamaş

grandma’s home -
only the rain fills
the dog’s bowl

Second Place – Rodica P. Calotă

collapsed walls –
the sunbeam caught
under the ruins

Third Place – Petruța Ionescu

floods -
the child clutching in his fist
a shell

Mention – Dani S. C. Pop

autumn warmwood -
proud in the moonlight
shaky porch

Mention – Grigore Chitul

drizzle –
a leaf also sheltered
under the eaves

Mention – Petru-Ioan Gârda

last road -
the wind wipes off one by one
the candles

Mention – Constantin Iliescu

house in ruins -
a horseshoe shines
in the dark

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Results of Weekly Romanian Kukai no. 464

First Place – Violeta Urdă

cranes in flight -
the letter from her children
held tightly in her arms

First Place – Vasile Conioși-Mesteșanu

with the cane in the park -
only leaves instead
of epaulettes

Second Place - Cristina Pârvu

a lame man on stairs -
A levels
since so many years

Third Place - Vasilica Grigoraș

Autumn Fair -
everywhere promotions
on watercolors

Third Plce - Luminița Ignea

alone on the path -
a thistle fluff
stumbles upon me

Third Place - Costin Iliescu

autumn drawing  -
the leaves blunt more
the yellow pencil

Mention - Dan Norea

back home
the inflatable doll
cuts a shine

Mention - Valeria Tamaș

little haul -
catching just a nap
the old fisherman

Mention - Elena Malec

autumn colors -
the scarecrow's clothes

Mention - Cristina Pârvu

no place on alleys -
freaked out
the last leaf

Mention - Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă 

Education Day -
the zero grade full of
local elected officials

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Results of Weekly Romanian Kukai no. 463

First Place – Argentina Stanciu

autumn leaves -
browsing in silence through
letters from long ago

First Place – Valeria Tamaș

end of rain -
out of the barrel the sun
pouring outside

Second Place –  Dan Norea

blonde girl on alleys -
looking for an old, rich

Second Place –  Argentina Stanciu

grandpa left us -
a cricket under the bench
still singing

Third Place – Violeta Urda

autumn breeze -
a scarf waving
on the empty platform

Mention – Vasile Coniosi-Mestesanu

vesper bell -
grandpa smiles
from the old frame

Mention – Luminita Ignea

country wilderness -
frozen moon
on the peak of a pine tree

Mention – Petru-Ioan Garda

gentle October -
the painter’s irises
in dozens of colours

Mention - Rodica Calota

autumn sunset –
the horizon still bears
sign of wings