Sep 052013

September 7 2013 is the second anniversary of Svetlana Marisova’s passing. Coincidentally, Pope Francis has announced that, on September 7 2013, “we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.” It has also been reported that the Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badreddin Hassou, the spiritual leader of Sunni Islam in Syria, expressed his desire to join the Pope in this prayer.

Svetlana deliberately mispronounced certain English words and the word ‘atonement’ was a favourite. She always pronounced it as ‘at-one-ment’ to emphasise its origin in Old English referring to the state of being at one with. This was, for her, the heart of the contemplative life that she always felt to be her calling.

Prayer and fasting (atonement) is the clearest expression of a desire to be at one with. In writing haiku we explore in word and image the fundamental connection of all things where the connections are not easily apparent until unearthed through juxtaposition or disjunction.

Submissions are invited now for the Svetlana Marisova Memorial Kukai 2013.

Each poet should send no more than one haiku to theartofhaiku[at]gmail[dot]com no later than September 14 including their name and country of residence. (substitute @ and . for their word indicators in the given email address)

The theme chosen for this year’s kukai is ‘at-one-ment’ however you may wish to express it.

In the interests of fair-play please do not submit any haiku that has been previously published, workshopped or shared with anyone who may also submitting an entry for this kukai.

A kukai is a peer-judged haiku contest.

The call for votes will be posted by email to all contributing poets before September 21 listing all submitted entries anonymously. A copy of the list will also be published on Svetlana’s blog at

Only poets who have submitted poems will be eligible to participate in the voting. Each voting poet has a total of six (6) points to be awarded to the entered haiku that they most admire. As no more than 3 points may be cast for any single poem voters will be choosing a minimum of 2 poems and a maximum of 6. So choose carefully from among the submitted poems for the ones that best exemplify clarity, concision and depth. Poets are requested not to vote for their own poems.

Please use the following format to submit your votes:
#3—1 pt
#27–3 pts
#31–1 pt
#45–1 pt

List by the numerical order of the poems, not by personal preference. And please be sure to sign your votes.

Deadline for voting will be September 28.

The organisers will attempt to tally all the valid votes and announce the results by email to participants and on within the following week.

The organisers will not be eligible to enter this kukai.

Copyright: Each poem entered in this kukai is copyrighted by the attributed poet. The organisers makes no claim to the poem for copyright purposes and acknowledge that the poem appears at the courtesy of the author.


  1. I have known Svetlana since she started Facebook and corresponded with her every day. I ask if I can know who is carrying on for her. She was my most beautiful flower and I felt the spirit move me every time we wrote each other. I miss her so much. I begged her for a picture so I could see who I was speaking with and she said she could not. I will explain why once I know who I am speaking with now. It is important to me

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