We ended up getting a ton of submissions for the Valentine's Day haiku contest (thank you!) and I hope you all had fun flexing your creative muscles. As all of the entries were so brilliantly penned, Amy and I found it impossible to make the final decision on the winner of the contest. So, we're asking for your help. Please pick your favourite haiku out of the four listed before midnight on Valentine's Day to be the GRAND PRIZE WINNER.
Oh Valentine's Day
What am I going to do?
Netflix or Hulu?
Later he called back
Why even bother?
Just suck it, you sheep
yes, I’m 30 and single
she wolf, howling free
So here is a teddy bear
Purchased from Rite-Aid.
Her mobile buzzes again, just once, but her heart is already smiling before she even pops open the message. Then everything stops in its tracks. Suddenly the room is too hot, the people are mists, and the magical environment of the evening lifts her up like the champagne bubbles she’s sipping. She finds a bench on the periphery of the crowd to sit down on and reread. And then she can’t stop smiling and laughing. Or covering her mouth with her hand, a face that turns wry and then almost looks like it will burst into tears. The crowds are forgotten, the food is forgotten, and even the French men are forgotten. The only thing that exists is the girl on the bench with her phone and someone, a very someone someone, tethered to the other end.
How people could continue to mill about as though nothing has happened puzzles her. Don’t they see her now, walking on air at least five inches off the ground? She doesn’t feel the chill from doors of the grand hall, left open. She’s forgotten her objective for the night - meeting someone in the hall somewhere to talk about something. It’s all so vague. The only thing she feels is the tug from her hand to her mobile to the someone, someone far away.
Last day of the haiku contest! Please don't forget to enter your submissions
I miss you, artistic storyteller in Paris and am disappointed that I wasn't able to make the trip over there this time.
I miss you, kindred spirit in North Carolina and wonder when it is I'll see you again and recover part of myself that I never knew was missing until you moved away.
I miss you, adventurous sprite in the Pacific Northwest who always brings out the beastmode in me, never stopping or letting me quit.
I miss you, friends and stand-in family I've left in Houston and neglected to visit since I was there almost two (!!) years ago. What was I afraid that I would rediscover on returning?
For one who prides herself on efficiency and working smart, here I've been the entire time trying to manufacture the same environment and atmosphere by myself from the safety of my own apartment. Safety being the optimal word. The bonfire of people is out there. The people, My People, are dancing, singing, telling stories, and creating and destroying all at the same time. And they are waiting for me.
Don't forget to enter the haiku contest! We've got a slew of great entries already and are waiting on yours!
As I alluded to last week, my dearest friend Amy and I are holding a *drum roll* Valentine's Day Haiku Contest. I know many of you are closet poets and have shared your haikus with me time and time again and on this occasion, I'd like your very best Valentine's Day haiku. Although they don't have to be in the vein of the "man-haikus" that I've been posting on my blog, we would prefer that they be "love" themed in recognition of the aforementioned holiday. Please submit your entry here by February 11th. We will select a few finalists and the WINNER who will receive a mystery prize that we'll announce at a later date. The contest is open to anyone and there are an unlimited number of submissions.
So get your poet hats (berets? what kind of hats do poets wear?) on and may the best haiku win!