July 10, 2012: Fourth International Kukai: Forget-Me-Not


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Please find below the topic for the JULY 2012 edition.
Submission deadline -- Noon, EST, (UTC-4)Tuesday, JULY 10.
Voting deadline -- Noon, EST, (UTC-4) Friday, JULY 20.
Results will be on blog no later than , JULY 30.

Participants may submit up to THREE entries.
Do NOT enter any haiku previously published,
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Your haiku entries should remain anonymous until we post the results.

Participants may vote as long as they
have submitted at least ONE entry to the kukai.


1) Address all Kukai correspondence to:

2) PLEASE use the exact subject "JULY Submission"
for the subject line.

3) Please sign your submission with your name and country of residence.

4)Write your entry/ies in the body of the email.
Attachments are not accepted.

5)Haijin who enter the kukai will automatically be sent a ballot
shortly after the kukai closes, after midnight on the 10th of each month
with the voting instructions.



The KIGO SECTION requires haiku using the designated seasonal subject or keyword used with seasonal reference.
Our kigo subject for JULY 2012 is "FORGET-ME-NOT".
Entries must state or strongly image the topic.

*Myosotis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae that are commonly called
Forget-me-nots.Most have small (1 cm diameter or less) flat, 5-lobed blue, pink or white flowers with yellow centers, growing on scorpioid cymes. They bloom in spring. Leaves are alternate. Popular in gardens, Forget-me-nots prefer moist habitats and where they are not native, they have escaped to wetlands and riverbanks. They can tolerate partial sun and shade.

Folklore and legend:In a German legend, God named all the plants when a tiny unnamed one cried out, "Forget-me-not, O Lord!" God replied, "That shall be your name."

In 15th-century Germany, it was supposed that the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers. Legend has it that in medieval times, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armour he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted "Forget-me-not." It was often worn by ladies as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kigo sample:

in the vase,
dry Forget-Me-Nots...

~Rita Odeh

Send Kigo entries to:
Subject: "JULY Submission"

Enjoy the Challenge...!

Rita Odeh and John Daleiden









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