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.
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:
When the trees are having sex
And my nose gets screwed.
through fierce wind gusts and downpours:
do call us insane.
The second two made me think.
Slashing through the sky.
I look at my goosebumps
and dream of hot soup
(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.”
reaches up and pulls my hair
and then my heartstrings.
says big brother sincerely.
Nothing is sweeter.
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.”
at the heavy grey curtain
triggers a shiver
sparking new optimism
through my gloomy mood
Second place goes to …
Like a curious blind girl
Gently touches all.
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.”
Bright relentless searing heat.
Texas in August.
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:
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:
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:
The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST, Wednesday September 1st. The winner will be announced on Monday September 6th.
Just seventeen syllables
And it could be you
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
her curls, a tangle of red
my dominant genes
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:
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!
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