Thursday, July 28, 2016

Romanian Monthly Kukai July 2016

Theme: using mulberry, summer kigo

Special Prize

dinner under the wild strawberries –
riddled with mulberries
the moon in bowls
Rodica P. Calota

First Place

the old white mulberry tree -
the starlings darkening
even its shadow

Vasile Conioși-Mesteșanu

Second Place

dinner under the wild strawberries –
riddled with mulberries
the moon in bowls

Rodica P. Calota

Third Place

back home -
sweeter than ever
the black mulberries

Argentina Stanciu

Fourth Place

mulberries on the sidewalk –
as sweet as ever the traces
of childhood

Grigore Chitul

Fifth Place

mulberry season -
washing non-stop
mother’s hands

Valeria Tamaș

Sixth Place

alone in the night -
the silk road goes over
a mulberry

Mihai Mateiciuc

ripe mulberries -
a glimpse of her breast through
the broken lace

Bea Hurmuz

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Results of the National Tanka Contest, First Edition, 2016

In the first edition of this contest, a special event in Romania, 32 authors took part.

The jury, formed by

Șerban Codrin,
Magdalena Dale and
Laura Văceanu,

has decided:

First Place
Ana Drobot, Bucharest

empty windows
allowing the sky
among the ruins –
I am looking for shades of blue
to fill your absence

Second Place
Grigore Chitul

the last ray
gliding beneath the eyelids
like a tear –
the sunset’s shadows
slowly fill the silence

Third Place
Ana Urma 

climbing the path
after the days and nights
of waiting -
in the irises filled with dew
a beam of light

Mention 1
Maria Tirenescu

white petals
scattered in the wind
fill the park today –
you promised that you would come
but I am all alone

Mention 2
Liliana Negoi

in the old shell
you can still hear
the sound of the sea -
otherwise, the entire house
is so quiet...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Weekly Romanian Kukai no. 451

First Place – Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă

in jail -
on a blank piece of paper the first
free verse

Second Place – Costin Iliescu

the ladder of the tower -
the old guard climbs
the steps in his daydreams

Third Place – Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă

big heat -
a grasshopper under the morning

Mention – Rodica P. Calotă

spirogyra –
suddenly the rowers bring
the sky to the shore

Mention – Luminița Ignea

convalescence -
a blade of dandelion
rises out of the asphalt

Mention – Petru-Ioan Gârda

nursing home -
a butterfly struggling
on the closed window

Mention – Grigore Chitul

rain shower in the park -
the perfume of locust trees
left aside

Mention – Cezar-Florin Ciobîcă

birthplace -
the old lime tree spraying its scent
over the memories

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Weekly Romanian Kukai no. 450

First Place – Petru Ioan Gârda
grandma’s house –
only the morning glory
hanging on the clothes line

Second Place – Cezar Ciobîcă

after the storm -
lighted by pollen
the linden tree’s shadow

Second Place – Petru-Ioan Gârda

wedding guests on the train -
this time the money
is gathered by the godfather

Second Place – Constantin Iliescu

coffee grinder -
the crank scrolling
life’s movie

Third Place – Violeta Urdă

low quality oriental song in the fields -
hiding in a bag
a cricket

Mention – Marcela Ignătescu

crying with hiccups -
the waves swinging
the girl’s doll

Mention – Ana Urma

the hovel in the field -
no longer fitting in the windows
so much sun

Mention – Ion Cuzuioc

mowing the grass -
towards the sunset only the stars
on dad’s shirt

Mention – Corneliu Traian Atanasiu

full summer -
fiercer the burned leaf’s
smell under the acacias