— Some haiku are verbal, lyrical photographs of a brief moment in time. Others seem to tell a story, in the fewest possible words. Our first contest is based on a collection of story-telling haiku that each have a flower as a focal point.
We invite you to create a short backstory or descriptive commentary that fits the “nutshell narrative” of any haiku on this page. Use your imagination, and see what stories or meanings you see in these few words!
Deadline: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 5 pm ET. Please read the guidelines below before entering!
Here are the four story-telling haiku for our contest. Pick your favorite and start imagining!
Japanese haiku were traditionally written using three lines, with a syllable count of 5-7-5. When poets began writing haiku in English, they initially also used the 5-7-5 form. Over time, however, haiku poets in North American became aware that 17 syllables in English can contain a lot more information than 17 syllables in Japanese! This awareness led to the use of “free-form” haiku. You’ll notice that some of the haiku on this page are traditional style and some are the newer free-form style. Free-form style still contains three lines and most often still uses a short-long-short pattern.