So I was thinking it might be fun to sponsor a little contest. Nothing too taxing — just haiku.
You probably know what a haiku is already: a very short poem whose origins are primarily Japanese, whose three lines are measured in syllables numbering 5-7-5, and which (as we often learn in elementary school) traditionally has something to do with nature. There are a couple of other considerations here, too, for the poetic purists. A good haiku will entertain a play between pure description and commentary on the subject matter.
Sounds easy, right? So I’m challenging you to write a haiku. Post it in the comments section of this blog post for it to count as a contest entry. The prize will be a copy of David M. Bader’s hilarious collection Haiku U. Your deadline is midnight central time on Thursday night this week (January 26th). The poet whose haiku is deemed to be the best all-around in terms of interest and style will win!
And your subject? Well, it doesn’t, strictly speaking, have to be about nature. Let’s go for something a bit more timely and topical: how about the current Republican primaries? (Feel free to be funny or serious — and if you can find a way to work nature in, all the better.)
If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section. Chances are, you aren’t the only curious (or confused) person.
Ready? Set? GO!