As Shakespeare once wrote, “brevity is the soul of wit.” Sometimes constraints can elicit great creativity. We encourage you to forget your work in progress for a few moments, and try our haiku contest.
The Japanese haiku consists of 17 syllables in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5.
For inspiration, here are a few examples:
Swans mate forever
Such wild everlasting love
I hope for us both
My heart breaks once more
like bitter old chocolate
on Valentine’s Day
Please write your poem in English. The first line must have 5 syllables, the second line should have 7 syllables and the third (and final) line should have five. It must be an original work and it must be about Valentine’s Day.
Submit your haiku by entering it below in the comments by the end of February 13th. The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day, February 14th and he/she will receive a Douglas County Libraries swag bag.