Haiku Winners!

All your haikus were great.  I loved reading them.  Here are my favorites, and the winners!  I was looking for happy themes, personality, and most of all imagery.

Two runners-up:

By Caleb:

Sledding down steep hills
I wish I could play longer
But Dad says, “SHOVEL!”

I enjoyed the personality that shows through in this one — a kid’s perspective for sure!  And it made me chuckle.

By Rita:

Pre dawn visitors
criss crossing fresh fallen snow
watching warily

This one got extra points for alliteration.  I like how Rita doesn’t come out and say who or what the pre-dawn visitors are.

And the grand prize winner:

By Thelma:

Snowy diamonds gleam
At dawn, as fierce fire rises.
Beauty all divine.

Oh, the imagery here is just perfect!  Lovely.

As I mentioned, I didn’t have prizes all picked out before I came up with the contest idea.  This made me realize that perhaps I should buy neat stuff when I see it so that I have prizes to give out when I want to have a contest, because all of a sudden I had to come up with prizes!  But I got a chance to get out this weekend, and since I love Burt’s Bees stuff, everyone is getting something from Burt’s Bees: soap, lotion, lip balm, and other stuff.

I’ll be contacting you three to get addresses.  Congratulations, and again, thanks to all of you who submitted!  I had a blast!

Winter Haiku: a writing contest

I’m on a mission to continue enjoying winter until spring comes.

Tuesday morning as I stood at the gas station, filling up my car while the snow fell, I composed a haiku in my head.  Of course, by the time I got to a place where I could write it down, I’d forgotten it.  But I came up with another one.  Two, in fact.

Snowflakes tumbling down

Resting on her eyelashes

A frozen beauty

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Hushed yellow buses

Covered in thick white blankets

There’s no school today

Okay, all you writers out there!  Sharpen your haiku skills (remember, the syllables are 5/7/5) and share some haiku.  I’ll come up with prizes for the ones I like the best.  (It will be interesting to see what I come up with because with all this snow, I probably won’t get out to the store, so I’ll have to scrounge around the house.)

Requirements:  It must fit haiku pattern and it must be about winter.  Extra points for happy winter themes (I don’t need depressing poetry this time of year!) and super-extra points for lovely imagery.  This is great for you homeschooling moms to assign to your kids!  Limit three haikus per person, please.

Deadline:  Please enter by midnight on Friday night, February 12.  I will try to get winners chosen and announced on Monday the 15th.