St Mathew Kukai Nov 2011


Eleventh Kukai of the Haiku Clubs of Nairobi
St Mathew’s Secondary School, Soweto Branch
November 5, 2011

This was the eleventh Kukai of the Haiku Clubs of Nairobi. It took place at St Mathew’s, Soweto Branch, following the kind invitation of Mr Andrew Otinga, the Patron of the Peacocks Haiku Club. It was also the last kukai for several members of the Peacocks and the Bamboochas, who were in the final days of their KCSE examinations and were about to graduate from their respective schools.

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Participants :

Abednego Muasya
Agnetta Shikalo
Akaliene Rose
Brian Etole
Brian Mulando
Bryan Anyonya
Carolyne Wanjiru
Caxton Okoth
Ceciliah Wambui
Derrick Ambale
Diana Dolla
Doris Muthini
Elijah Juma
Elijah Noah
Esther Mweme
Faith Owila
Florence Mlangi
Gertrude Wahu
Hamisi Ishmael Kambona
James Karume
Jescah Auma
John Kennedy
Joseph Musango
Joshua Kyalo
Julie Okach
Kevin Asava
Lencer Achieng
Margaret Ndinda
Metrine Okalo
Moses Nyawanga
Pauline Wayua
Richard Okoth
Silvia Mukelli
Sharon Akoth
Stanley Mutinda
Stanley K Joshua
Stephen Munyao
Synaidah Kalahi
Titus Mutungi
Valary Knight
Virginia Njeri

Ancent Mutua
Annastacia Muthini
Antony Mwangi
Cecil Wambui
Collins Omuganda
Consolata Akoth
Donnahlily Atieno
Douglas Nugi
Emmanuel Muteti
Gloriah Kerubo
Iryne Lydiah Aluoch
Isaac Ndirangu
James Bundi
John Kamau
Johnson Gacugu
Lucy Mukuhi
Mecyline Akinyi
Melcine Ayako
Mercy Muthoni
Milkah Wanjiku
Rachael Njeri
Redempta Ndinda
Sam Pirias
Silvia Khabayi
Stephen Macharia
Sylviah Mbone
Susan Njeri
Teresia Njeri

Caleb Mutua
Catherine Njeri Maina


While the students were gathering for the kukai, Mr Patrick Wafula, the Co-ordinator of the Haiku Clubs, gave them a quiz to solve, promising a small prize to the 16 participants who had answered all five questions correctly.


Caleb Mutua was in charge as Master of Ceremonies for the morning session. Participants were sorry to hear that Antony Njoroge was ill and sent him their good wishes.

The meeting started with lively choruses and a prayer.

The new members of the Haiku Clubs, particularly those in Form One, were welcomed.

The Chairpersons of the Haiku Clubs, Brian Etole and Synaidah Kalahi for the Peacocks and Isaac Ndirangu for the Bamboochas, then presented brief reports on the work which had been carried out in their respective clubs.

Synaidah Kalahi presenting the Peacocks’ report
Photo : Isabelle Prondzynski


Update on computer teaching

Mr David Kimani reported that the following computer students (all Peacocks) had been regular and committed attendees at computer classes and would soon have finished their end-of-year examinations, qualifying them for a certificate :

Jack Silingi
Pauline Wayua
Synaidah Kalahi
Benta Kisia
Stanley K Joshua
Doris Muthini
Winfrida Maheri
Elijah Juma
Joshua Kyalo
Titus Mutungi
Otakwa Livingstone
Agnetta Shikalo
Abednego Muasya
Caxton Okoth
Monica Ndunge
Joseph Musango
Valary Knight
Margaret Ndinda
Grannis Ambuli
John Kennedy
Victor Odhiambo
Jescah Auma

He expressed his appreciation for their commitment and studiousness, and he looked forward to teaching the next group soon after the start of the new school year.


Best haiku submitted to Kenya Saijiki since the previous kukai

As the Moderator of Kenya Saijiki, I (Isabelle Prondzynski) then presented prizes for the best haiku written by members of the forum during the past few months. I had been greatly impressed with the high standard of haiku written by the prizewinners, so that the choice of the top places had been a hard one. The prizewinners received some well-merited applause.

These are the prizewinning haiku :

sunset --
a farmer scrapes mud
from his hoe

~ Victor Obutho

Gertrude's hospital --
jacaranda flowers fall
one by one

~ J Kaweto

light shower --
her hair shines with

~ Brian Mulando

sudden blackout --
the hawker lights
all his torches

~ Brian Etole

marching scouts --
dust rises from their
stumbling feet

~ Yamame

Mashujaa Day --
rain forces the choir
from the stage

~ Kelvin Mukoselo

twilight --
sunrays sweep across
jacaranda flowers

~ Catherine Njeri Maina

a dishevelled calf
shelters under a stall --
evening showers

~ Bonface Bonke

rush hour --
a matatu spills dust
past the market

~ Elijah Juma

goat choma point --
the sparkling light of
a burning jiko

~ James Bundi

Viewing the haiku prizes
Photo : Patrick Wafula

Numbers 11 to 18 (in no particular order)


a body push
sends a lady to the floor --
avocado chaos

~ Mango Junior

a candle flame sways
side to side in the wind --
power failure

~ Stephen Macharia

muddy road --
a mkokoteni puller
in torn gumboots

~ Isaac Ndirangu

late evening --
a greengrocer lights
the first candle

~ Winfridah Malesi

moving cars --
a cloud of dust floats
in the air

~ Otakwa Livingstone

busy road --
a glimmer of light
from the matatu

~ Pauline Wayua

Soweto market --
she sprinkles water on
withered vegetables

~ Douglas Nugi

Mashujaa Day --
heavy rain interrupts
the programme

~ Douglas Kaucho


Appreciating other people’s haiku

In a workshop, with nine groups of around nine people working together, the students discussed nine prizewinning international haiku, working out which of these they liked best, and why. Each group then presented the haiku they had chosen, explaining why they liked it best and whether it complied with the basic rules of haiku.

They realised that it was not easy to work out which was the kigo, as the seasons are different in other parts of the world, but they made a valiant effort to find the kigo in each example. They also made several thoughtful suggestions as to how the haiku could have been further improved.

The two haiku that garnered the most support in this workshop were :

paper lantern --
a moth’s shadow dances
on the wall

~ Jacek M.

after the storm --
the old dry well
full of stars

~ Manuela Dragomirescu

Haiku working groups
~ Photo : Isabelle Prondzynski


Poetic haiga

Isaac Ndirangu then presented a poetic haiga he had written, about Mashujaa Day (20 October), a kigo for the short rains, when the heroes of Kenya are celebrated.

in the times of war
Kenyan warriors fought for all
some even tried to build some wall
for they knew the war was not for the fool
mashujaa fought for all

National Stadium --
a presidential speech to recognise
our freedom fighters

the land was disgusting
especially where they were hiding
the wise were forbidding
for our leaders who were upcoming
bur still mashujaa fought for all

commemorating independence --
rest in peace the gone heroes
of our Kenya

some were detained
but still freedom was obtained
and now we are enjoying what our warriors attained
mashujaa fought for all


Ginkoo - Haiku Walk

After the lunch break, the haijin set out for their ginkoo, while the Patrons and the Moderator discussed haiku club business. Following the ginkoo, they became the jury, while the haijin entertained themselves and each other.

These were the haiku chosen as the prizewinners of the ginkoo :

the thud of
a fresh mudball on the floor --

~ James Bundi

muddy path --
her shoe remains

~ Milkah Wanjiku

hot afternoon --
he pours ginkoo water
on his head

~ Brian Etole

hot noon --
she washes a baby
on the balcony

~ Brian Mulando

cool breeze --
a tethered goat browses
on a green field

~ Asava Kevin

sunny afternoon --
tadpoles paddling inside
stagnant water

~ Agnetta Shikalo

water ripples --
sun's reflection on its surface
hits my eyes

sweat drips --
he pushes a wheelbarrow
full of stones

~ Donnahlily Atieno

afternoon nap --
haijin's footsteps wake
the goat up

flower bed --
the gardener uproots
a moss plant

~ Gloriah Kerubo

Out for the ginkoo
~ Photo : David Kimani Mwangi

roadside kiosk --
a vendor loading some
empty charcoal cans

~ Isaac Ndirangu

noon --
a panting dog crosses
the stream

~ Stanley Mutinda

rattling sound --
a toad hops over
the dustbin

~ Joshua Kyalo

hot sunshine --
man in yellow cap relaxing
under a castor tree

~ Dominic Kuvonga

midday --
bluegum leaves fall
beside a haijin

~ Diana Dolla

sudden wind --
banana leaves sway
side by side

~ Mercy Muthoni

scorching sun --
the reflection of light on
the water surface

~ Stephen Macharia

water in a basin --
a rainbow cast on the
shiny mabati

~ Margaret Ndinda

calm afternoon --
an eagle tries to balance
high up in the sky

~ John Kennedy

trimmed fence --
a broken umbrella

~ Synaidah Kalahi

Prizes were distributed to the winners, and a great atmosphere continued to reign for some time after the close of the kukai, with haijin lingering, chatting to each other, and taking pictures in the evening sunlight. All agreed that this had been a splendid kukai, and expressed their congratulations to Mr Andrew Otinga, the organiser.

The ginkoo prizewinners
~ Photo : Isabelle Prondzynski


Kukai haiku by the Patrons

Following the kukai, the Patrons also sent in their haiku of the day, remembering the pleasure it had given them. So here, as an afterword, are the Patrons’ haiku :

the Moderator helps
a ladybird cross the table --
11th kukai

withering flowers
in old plastic bottles --
the din of haijin

Kukai workshop --
two chicks peck bread crumbs
under chairs

~ Patrick Wafula

she moves
to inspect haiku groups --
eleventh kukai

open windows --
cool breeze drifts
into the hall

eleventh kukai --
flower vases on the
front table

~ Andrew Otinga

eleventh kukai --
the flower arrangement wilts
before my eyes

lunch break --
a hen and chicks peck
for our fallen crumbs

lunch break --
a kitten is resting
on a haijin’s lap

jury meeting --
haiku entries weighed down
by our fingers

~ Isabelle Prondzynski

The top table at the kukai,
with the flower vases we all enjoyed
Photo : Patrick Wafula

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