The time has come to name our seventh Haiku Buckaroo! Woohoo!

According to tradition, the winner was chosen by the reigning Buckaroo, Julie at Stars in my Sugar Bowl. Here are the results.

Honorable mentions

Julie says, “I’d like to note six honorable mentions. In true Eat, Pray, Love style, I’ve broken them into three categories. The first two made me laugh:

It’s that time of year
When the trees are having sex
And my nose gets screwed.

Submitted by Jami at World of Wiffledust

Testing our nice tent
through fierce wind gusts and downpours:
do call us insane.

Submitted by Goofball at Goofballworld

The second two made me think.

Darkness explodes with
Peachpinkyellowwhitebrightgone
Slashing through the sky.

Submitted by Jami at World of Wiffledust

Sitting with short sleeves
I look at my goosebumps
and dream of hot soup

Submitted by Goofball at Goofballworld

(Technically, this poem doesn’t have a 5-7-5 syllable count, but not all contemporary haiku does.)
And the last two tugged at my heart.”

A fat clammy hand
reaches up and pulls my hair
and then my heartstrings.

“I love you, Caleb,”
says big brother sincerely.
Nothing is sweeter.

Both submitted by Allyson at Maid for Motherhood

Third place is a tie!

Julia says, “What can I say? I love storms and these two weather-related poems caught my eye. I enjoyed the imagery in both.”

Glancing through wet glass
at the heavy grey curtain
triggers a shiver

Submitted by Goofball at Goofballworld

A coloured arch grows
sparking new optimism
through my gloomy mood

Submitted by Goofball at Goofballworld

Second place goes to …

A soft summer breeze
Like a curious blind girl
Gently touches all.

Submitted by Jami at World of Wiffledust

Julie says, “The imagery of this poem is so delicate that it almost escaped my attention during my first read-through. I love the sensation as I read the words and the comparison drawn between the gentle girl and the gentle breeze.”

And the winner is …

Hell’s front entryway –
Bright relentless searing heat.
Texas in August.

Submitted by Jami at World of Wiffledust

Julie says, “For me, this poem captures the essence of English language haiku: a comparison between two things, crisp language, vivid imagery, a seasonal reference. I can feel the heat rising from the page as I read it. Nicely done!”

Congratulations, Jami, our one and only TWO TIME Haiku Buckaroo! You’ve won:

A Magnetic Poetry Haiku Kit

A Haiku Buckaroo Mug

A Threadless Haiku T-shirt (in the size of your choice)

$25 via PayPal (or a gift card, if you’d rather)

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

Don’t forget to display the super-cool button on your blog, Haiku Buckaroo! (You, too, Honorable Mentions and Second and Third Place Takers.) Wear it with pride!

Thank you to Julie at Stars in my Sugar Bowl for judging the contest and to all the participants!

So, maybe you thought I’d kicked the haiku habit. I mean, things have been a little light in the 5-7-5 verse around here. But that’s the thing about addiction – you can relapse! So let’s celebrate the hopeful return of the Daily Haiku with a reprisal of the semi-annual (and completely underrated) Haiku Buckaroo Contest!

Here’s how to enter:

Write a haiku.

(A haiku has 17 syllables:

five in the first line
seven in the second line
five in the third line


Just so you know.)

Bloggers: Post your haiku on your blog. I’d love it if you’d mention this contest in your post in a linky fashion. It’s the first step in establishing a cult following and it’d be nice to help a girl out. Once your post is published, submit a link directly to your entry post with the Mr. Linky below.

Non-Bloggers or Bloggers Who Don’t Want To Post It On Their Blog For A Reason I Don’t Understand But Support Because I Am Young and My Heart Is An Open Book and I Say, “Live and Let Live”: Submit your haiku via this entry form. I will provide a page on which all non-blogger haiku submissions will appear. Once your submission is received, it will be included on the non-blogger haiku submission page and a link to it will be added to Mr. Linky under your name.

You may enter more than once. Each haiku will be judged individually.

The contest winner (a.k.a. The Haiku Buckaroo) will receive:

A Magnetic Poetry Haiku Kit

A Haiku Buckaroo Mug

A Threadless Haiku T-shirt (in the size of your choice)

$25 via a gift card or PayPal

A super-cool button (in your choice of white or black).


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


The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST, Wednesday September 1st. The winner will be announced on Monday September 6th.

Haiku Buckaroo
Just seventeen syllables
And it could be you


Good luck!

The moms in my playgroup and I have an ongoing joke about starting a commune. And while we laugh as if it’s ridiculous, I keep a list running in my head (or maybe on the hard drive of my computer) of the people I’d want in my perfect society. Our Haiku Buckaroo Judge is one of those people. Have you met her? Her name is Toni and she blogs at This Simple Life. I respect, admire and downright adore this woman. She’s also the reigning Buckaroo. And the reigning Buckaroo always chooses the new Buckaroo. We’ve been doing it like that since the olden days.

Here are Toni’s choices for The Haiku Buckaroo 6.0 along with her comments.

Fourth Place

I was creative
once, in a time before kids
Wasn’t I? I think.

Submitted by Amy at Motherhood…Don’t Believe the Hype

Toni says: “This haiku was obviously part of a greater whole (an epic haiku, if you will) but these three lines rung true with me. I like how the writer captured the essence of a doubtful mommy.”

Third Place

Quiet, starlit night
in the stillness before dawn
tiptoes and giggles

Submitted by Julie at Stars in my Sugar Bowl

Toni says: “We had a little girl sleepover here not long ago and this was exactly the way of it. Excellent imagery.”

Second Place

Squealing with delight
Piglet dives into the mud…
Going the whole hog.

Submitted by Tanja

Toni says: “Love, love, love puns ~ couldn’t help but give this one a place of honor.”

Congratulations to the Honorable Mentions! Feel free to grab a button for your blog.

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

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for…

**THE HAIKU BUCKAROO**

her eyes, clear and cool
her curls, a tangle of red
my dominant genes

Submitted by Julie at Stars in my Sugar Bowl

Toni says: “This is perfect haiku. I can totally see this little girl with her bobbing red curls and her proud mother standing beside.”

Congratulations, Julie! You’ve won:

A Magnetic Poetry Haiku Kit

A Haiku Buckaroo Mug

A Threadless Haiku T-shirt (in the size of your choice)

$25 via PayPal (or a gift card, if you’d rather)

Don’t forget to display the super-cool button on your blog, Haiku Buckaroo! Wear it with pride, Winner!

Thank you to our judge and all of the Haiku Buckaroo participants! You’re the coolest kids of all!

You may not know this but spring cannot come until a new Haiku Buckaroo is chosen. It’s a fact I made up and it’s 100% true.

What’s a Haiku Buckaroo? I’m so glad you asked in-the-dark-dude! It’s the winner of my semi-annual, full-on awesome haiku contest.

So, how ’bout we work together to get get some spring sprung!

Here’s how to do it:

Write a haiku.

(A haiku has 17 syllables:

five in the first line
seven in the second line
five in the third line


Just so you know.)

Bloggers: Post your haiku on your blog. It’d be nice if you’d linkily mention this contest in your post so I can feel your style and your link love flow. Once your post is published, submit a link directly to your entry post with the Mr. Linky below.

Non-Bloggers or Bloggers Who Don’t Want To Post It On Their Blog For A Reason I Don’t Understand But Support Because We’re Free To Be You and Me: Submit your haiku via this entry form. I will provide a page on which all non-blogger haiku submissions will appear. Once your submission is received, it will be included on the non-blogger haiku submission page and a link to it will be added to Mr. Linky under your name.

You may enter more than once. Each haiku will be judged individually.

The contest winner (a.k.a. The Haiku Buckaroo) will receive:

A Magnetic Poetry Haiku Kit

A Haiku Buckaroo Mug

A Threadless Haiku T-shirt (in the size of your choice)

$25 via a gift card or PayPal

A super-cool button for your blog or resume or to print and post on your refrigerator or to give your local inker for your next tattoo (in your choice of white or black).


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


The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday March 12th. The winner will be announced on Monday March 15th.

Haiku Buckaroo
Just seventeen syllables
And it could be you


Good luck!

If I’ve learned anything from The Haiku Buckaroo contest, it’s that y’all are awesome. Your entries were incredible. The truth is, I probably couldn’t win my own contest. And I write a haiku every day. But! Writing haiku isn’t about being the best, it’s about having fun and being creative. Except for right now, because I’m going to announce the winner which is about nothing but being the best.

According to tradition, the winner was chosen by the reigning Buckaroo, Res from Just Because! Here are the results.

Haiku Buckaroo Honorable Mention

My bladder was mine
Until Baby came along
Now my pants are wet

Submitted by Mickey

Haiku Buckaroo Honorable Mention

instructions not is
IKEA this assembl’d
Haiku read an the

Submitted by Goofball

Haiku Buckaroo Honorable Mention

He can count to ten
and onward to seventeen
but fourteen’s said twice

Submitted by Mo’Jenn

Haiku Buckaroo Honorable Mention

(fun-ku)
Haikus need humor.
I’d write more about it but
I have to go pee.

Submitted by Lilacspecs

Haiku Buckaroo Honorable Mention

match made in heaven
teenager plus new x-box
true love forever

Submitted by Mo’Jenn

Haiku Buckaroo Honorable Mention

My shoulder is sore
so I can’t lift anything
which comes in handy.

Submitted by Goofball

Haiku Buckaroo Honorable Mention

My Purpose
Warm little boy arms
Wrap around my waist (surprise!)
“I love you, Mommy.”

Submitted by Allyson at Maid for Motherhood

Haiku Buckaroo Third Place

Bright in my garden
the nightly dancing faeries
fireflies alight

Submitted by Mo’Jenn

Haiku Buckaroo Second Place

Look into my eyes.
Some words must never be said
But you can feel them.

Submitted by Tanja

Congratulations to the Honorable Mentions and Place Mentions! Feel free to grab a button for your blog.

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

And now…you wanted the best…you got the best.

**THE HAIKU BUCKAROO**

baby in the house
bleary eyes for tiny toes
a worthy exchange.

Submitted by Toni at This Simple Life

Res says, “My babies are 9 and 12 and this one still rings true!!!!”

Congratulations, Toni! You’ve won:

A Magnetic Poetry Haiku Kit

A Haiku Buckaroo Mug

A Threadless Haiku T-shirt (in the size of your choice)

$25 via PayPal (or a gift card, if you’d rather)

Don’t forget to display the super-cool button on your blog, Haiku Buckaroo! Wear it with pride, Winner!

Thank you to Res for choosing the winner. It’s a hard job! I’m glad I didn’t have to do it. And thank you to all the Haiku Buckaroo participants with your brave hearts so full of love. You make me happy.


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