It began just three weeks ago. Now, 1,343 syllables later, we have the winners of The Haiku Buckaroo Contest (Second Edition).

There were 79 entries from 31 participants. And while I wish I could give every one of you a prize, it’s not much of a contest if you do it that way. So, on to winners!

First, I give you the category winners as selected by reader votes along with their randomly assigned prizes.

Most Disgusting Haiku

Oozing, dripping chunks
Slither down into the sock
brown, green, stinky…Poop

Submitted by JerseyGirl89 at Dirty Little Secret, winner of some delicious chocolate straight from The Netherlands courtesy of Jenn in Holland

Most Evocative Haiku

slightly unbalanced
a single word rocks my world
that word: autism

Submitted by Jenn in Holland, winner of a Shakespearean Action Figure courtesy of Jen at A2EATWRITE

Funniest Haiku

Online all the time
Husband going to leave me
I blogged about it

Submitted by Deb at San Diego Momma, winner of a $15 donation to the charity of her choice from Twenty Five Days To Make A Difference (which I am matching to make it $30 total) and $15 in her pocket via PayPal or a gift card to the store of her choice.

Most Erotic Haiku

Caress, snuggle, breathe
mouths explore, hands hold, eyes close
a shuddering moan

Submitted by JerseyGirl89 at Dirty Little Secret, winner of One HOT pack courtesy of Gretchen at Bananas and Toddlers

Next up, the random winners.

Random winners

Elaine at Blog In My Eye, winner of an 8×10 matted print of one of her brilliant photos courtesy of Soccer Mom in Denial

Llama Momma, winner of the book Me, Myself, and Bob by Phil Vischer courtesy of Toni at This Simple Life

American Girl, winner of the books The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan and Until I Find You By John Irving courtesy of Dirty Little Secret’s JerseyGirl89

Now, the grand prize. Jami from not THAT different, our reigning Haiku Buckaroo, was gracious enough to select our second edition winner. It was no easy task! And she took it very seriously. She reviewed every haiku, with all names and links removed. She avoided the category voting so as not to be swayed in her decision. She did a phenomenal job.

From 79 entries, Jami narrowed it down to her favorite 4. Here they are, in reverse order, along with her comments on each.

Haiku Buckaroo Honorable Mention

Lips part, breath quickens
tongue searches for another
my love, kiss me now.

Submitted by Elaine at Blog In My Eye

Jami says: “I will admit that because I totally love kissing, this one had me from the beginning. I think making out is almost as erotic and exciting as actually … you know.”

Haiku Buckaroo Honorable Mention

Online all the time
Husband going to leave me
I blogged about it

Submitted by Deb at San Diego Momma

Jami says: “Just way too funny (and maybe true?) to NOT make it to the final four.”

Haiku Buckaroo Honorable Mention

slightly unbalanced
a single word rocks my world
that word: autism

Submitted by Jenn in Holland,

Jami says: “In terms of evoking the emotion of a moment, this haiku is almost perfect. It’s a 17-syllable short story that rocked my world, too.”

THE HAIKU BUCKAROO

Circular Haiku Instructions
Way to write Haiku:
write three lines, count syllables.
Too long? Must find a

Submitted by Mo’Coffee

Jami says: “I realize that this is not a traditional, formal haiku, but I’m not a traditional girl. I was totally blown away by both the cleverness and the humor of this haiku. I will admit that on my first quick reading I missed the “circular” reference, but once I got it, it threw in just the right amount of unexpected to be a winner.”

Congratulations Mo’ Coffee! You are the winner of a Magnetic Poetry Haiku Kit, a Haiku Buckaroo Mug, and $25 via PayPal (or a gift card to the store of your choice, if you’d rather).

Congratulations to all the winners! Please, feel free to proudly display one of the following super-cool buttons on your blog. You earned it!

Haiku Buckaroo Button (White) Haiku Buckaroo Button (Black)

Thanks once again to Jami and the contest sponsors!

This was fun. I hope you’ll all be back to have another go in August!