Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2020 Kukai Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2020 Seabeck Haiku Getaway kukai (our friendly annual anonymous haiku contest). We received 235 poems (one or two poems per poet), and votes from 124 Seabeck participants. The following poets placed in the top ten places, based on total vote count, voted on anonymously, and these poems will be published in our 2020 Seabeck anthology. Results compiled by Michael Dylan Welch, kukai coordinator.

First Place

dahlia blossom—

the many layers

of her touch

Nicholas Klacsanzky

Second Place

dense fog

the murmuring

of our condolences

Lorraine A. Padden

Third Place

vinegar & newspaper

wiping the windows

with stories

Dorothy Mahoney

Fourth Place


we travel towards the mountains

by flute

Marion Clarke

Fifth Place

dusting for fingerprints the whorl of galaxies

Sarah Metzler

Sixth Place (tie)

under the pile

of newly raked leaves—


Kim Weers

sumi brush

with one sweep

a leaf

Sarah Metzler

old bus ticket

between the pages

marking her stop

susan spooner

Seventh Place

letter to old friend

returned to sender

late autumn chill

Maureen Lanagan Haggerty

Eighth Place

getting old

the roots move around

the stones

Mike Rehling

Ninth Place (tie)

fall colors

my choices of words

keep changing

Christine L. Villa

through a train window

the hunter’s moon

stalking me

Pippa Phillips

Tenth Place (tie)

post mastectomy

through her garden window

two ripe tomatoes

Robin Palley

Halloween moon

the disembodied voices

of passing geese

Jacquie Pearce

blue moon . . .

the fading notes

of a flute

Susan Constable