Thursday, July 21, 2011

haiku retrospective clxxx

A kukai is a themed community haiku series, often as part of a contest. Sometimes, the kukai start spontaneously in response to a particularly moving haiku. Other times, someone announces the theme and everyone takes off from there.

In this case, there were two themes: New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Two themes makes it a double kukai. In some cases, kukai specify particular kigo (season words), but in this case, the writer was free to choose from many possible New Year's Eve and New Year's Day kigo (champagne, baby horses for year of the horse, old snakes and
snakeskins for year of the snake, firecrackers, crystal balls dropping, countdown, paper hats, confetti, noisemakers, auld lang syne, red paper, last night, first morning, midnight, etc., etc., etc).

My sub-theme this year was laundry.

new year's eve --
wondering what to wear
to the funeral

last load on spin
a sweatshirt and three socks
in the hamper

empty diaper pail
the dryer buzzer
rings in the new year

31 December 2001

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